San Francisco

Reuters

2011's Most Fascinating Municipal Races

A map of the country's most intriguing mayoral races, city council competitions and referendums

Prelinger Archives

1930s Film on Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Ever wonder what it took to build the Bay Bridge? This 1936 film produced by U.S. Steel celebrates the engineering of the structure

Reuters

How the Telecom Lobby is Killing Municipal Broadband

Companies like Comcast are spending big bucks to prevent competition from local governments

Joseph Perez-Green / envelopeA+D

San Francisco’s Temporary Beer Garden Takes Off

Project utilizes a plot of land awaiting development as temporary site for local business

10 Addictive Urban Web Cams

Stream Las Vegas weddings, construction in Iran, or one of the longest DMV lines in the country

California High-Speed Rail Authority

History Gives Hope to California High-Speed Rail

What America's first-generation railroad system says about its next one

Where the 1% Live

The richest Americans are gathered in a handful of metropolitan areas

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Why Did Some Streetcars Survive When Most Didn't?

Streetcars are making a comeback across the country, but in New Orleans, they never went away

Brian Rose

Designing for Density Doesn't Have to Be Ugly, or Scary

San Francisco-based architect David Baker finds beauty in buildings that house lots of people

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Paying for Public Parks

Thanks to huge budget shortfalls, cities often have no choice but to charge for use of public spaces

Reuters

How to Get More Apples and Facebooks

It's high time to invest in the infrastructure cities need to foster new industrial clusters

Affordable Housing That Doesn't Scream 'Affordable'

Free from stigma and institutional homogeneity, these good looking buildings are in a class by themselves

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It's the Parking, Stupid: One Transportation Consultant's Tough Love Approach

To ease cities' car addiction, Jeffrey Tumlin says we've got to charge drivers more to park

Reuters

The Only Hope for Reducing Traffic

A new study makes the fundamental case for congestion pricing

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Why Walkable Cities Aren't Always the Ones You'd Think

Factors like bad weather and long commutes don't make a place less walkable

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5 Great U.S. City Parking Apps

The next generation of parking technology does much more than just locate available spots

Courtesy Queens Museum of New York

The Model City

The use of scale models in city planning has gone out of fashion, but interest in them as historical records remains high

Courtesy Relay Rides

Car-Sharing Gets Personal

Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing services are ripe to expand to cities of all sizes

Flickr user Tom Mascardo 1 licensed under Creative Commons

Hardwood Floors, Marble Countertops, and a High Energy Efficiency Rating

As cities force buildings to disclose energy use data, buyers and renters alike can factor it in to their spending decisions