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How to Thief-Proof Your Bike

Bay Area bike pros explain how to save your ride from being picked apart like a free Thanksgiving turkey.

OpenSFHistory/WNP

The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake

See the disaster that transformed the city from a galaxy of perspectives.

Leonid Mamchenkov

Do You Really Need to Lock Your Car?

Most people do. But the Bay Area’s automotive smash-and-grab scene is so intense that some drivers leave their doors open to avoid the expense of replacing broken windows.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

The Results of America's First Transit-Incentive Program

Paying people to avoid the morning rush sort of worked in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ray Luong

Bay Area BART Traffic Gets an Arty Vizualization

Enjoy the soothing shapes and colors of a ridership simulation that’s “better than any snake game ever.”

Panoramic Interests

To House the Homeless, Berkeley Considers Stackable 'Microunits'

The city wants to erect a tower made of stacked, prefab 160-square-foot apartments.

CHP Oakland

Oakland Kills Off Its Anthropomorphized Sinkhole, 'Steve'

The 10-foot-deep highway chasm is popping tires in sinkhole heaven now.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Neighborhoods Where Christmas Lights Are Serious Business

When it comes to holiday decorations, these communities do not hold back.

Lee Romney/Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

Designing a Way out of Mass Incarceration

An Oakland-based firm is developing architecture to support restorative justice.

Ajesh Shah via AP

A Path Toward Protecting DIY Spaces

In the aftermath of a warehouse fire in Oakland, artists nationwide aim to keep their buildings open and secure.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

After a Tragedy, Reckoning With Oakland's Affordability Crisis

A devastating warehouse fire has made it clear that the city has failed to support its artist community.

Courtesy of Landscape Structures

The Urban Playground That Builds Kids' Brains

An Oakland park is promoting literacy through fun.

How an Arts Space in Oakland Bounced Back

A virtual-reality tour of the California city’s resilient art and music scene.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

San Francisco, Oakland Have the Worst Roads in the U.S.

Lousy street conditions are costing Bay Area motorists almost $1,000 a year, asserts a new report.

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A Gamer Spent 200 Hours Building an Incredibly Detailed Digital San Francisco

This might be the most realistic video-game version of the city in existence.

Colin Kaepernick Murals Pop Up in the Bay Area

The controversial 49ers quarterback gets some love from local artists.

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Pigeons Take a Ride on the BART Train

Too lazy to fly?

Nick Ut/AP

Oakland's Fruitvale Station Is Unofficially Renamed After a Police Shooting Victim

Somebody is “updating” BART maps with stickers honoring Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man killed by cops in Oakland.