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The Case for Letting Nonprofits Run Public Transit

They'd have a clearer mission, political autonomy, and access to new revenue.

Carrie Katz

This Art Gallery Is Only Visible Through a Peephole

The Savernack Street Gallery lies behind an inaccessible San Francisco storefront, and can be seen through an aperture about 0.5 inches wide.

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Idea of the Day: A Twitter Account To Shame Bike Thieves

The San Francisco police are taking their anti-bike-theft efforts to social media.

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San Francisco Has a 'Transparent' Mural: Now You See It, Now You Don't

Stand at the perfect spot, and this trick-filled utility box blends seamlessly into the streetscape.

Dustin Cable

A Strangely Beautiful Map of Race in America

A story told in dots.

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Except for All the Details, Elon Musk's Hyperloop Sounds Awesome

Will more fully baked transportation projects be put on hold in hopes that Musk's still-fictional idea works out?

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In California, Transgender Students Get a Big Bathroom Win

In other toilet news, Juggalo porta-potties are disgusting, a Japanese toilet is hackable, and a man allegedly bombs a gas-station commode with a skunk.

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Weird Floating Space Balls: The Next Big Thing in Street Art?

Orbs of colorful plastic, action figures and LEDs are popping up throughout San Francisco like the interstellar disco balls.

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A Gloriously Offensive, Poop-Based Art Show Opens in San Francisco

This week, Bay Area art lovers were treated to paintings made from real animal poo "carefully hand-picked from local farms."

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San Francisco Has Needed This for a Long Time: a 'Hill Mapper'

Rejoice, Bay Area residents: There's now a high-tech way to plot a course around the city's ridiculously steep hills.

Zara Matheson

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley

A new analysis reveals that venture capital investment is flowing into cities at a startling clip.

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What If You Never Had to Pay for Parking at the Airport Again?

A clever new peer-to-peer car-sharing scheme makes a lot of our standard travel expenses look like a huge waste of money.

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In 1968, San Francisco's BART Was Billed as a 'Dream for Tomorrow'

There's something almost hypnotic about this hippie-lite promotional video.

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Bots Are Battling for Restaurant Reservations in San Francisco

Table for two? It's on.

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Public Space Improvement of the Day: Free WiFi for San Francisco's Parks

Google is donating $600,000 to the city, moving it one step closer to free internet for all.

Watch 10 Years of Public Transit Ridership Growth in This Blobby, Pulsating Map

In this unusual visualization, America's steady user rise is shown as a sea of swollen red discoids.

Apocalyptic GIF Art of the Day: San Francisco Under 25 Feet of Water

What the West Coast would look like submerged under rising seas.

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San Francisco's Bus and Rail Operators Demand Private Bathrooms (on Public Space)

All the news that's fit to print about toilets.

5 Landmarks That Could Soon Be Swallowed by Rising Seas

Among them: postcard-perfect lighthouses, parks, and seaside city blocks.