San Francisco

To Build a Better Bus Lane, Just Paint It

“Red carpet” bus lanes can be a cheap, fast, and effective way to smooth commutes for public transit users and drivers alike.

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Ready or Not, Here Comes the Micromobility Revolution

At a Bay Area summit devoted to electric scooters and other new mobility devices, fans evangelized about the potential of technology. But safety was an afterthought.

Could High-Speed Rail Ease California’s Housing Crisis? See Japan.

A UCLA study says that bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka helped reduce housing prices. Would that work for San Francisco and Los Angeles?

The ‘Marie Kondo Effect’ Comes at a Weird Time for Thrift Stores

Netflix’s hit show has everyone tidying up, but that's not the only reason second-hand stores are being flooded with donations.

IKEA plans to boost its online offerings and open 30 smaller stores in city centers over the next two years.

Why IKEA Wants to Move Downtown

The retail giant plans to open a series of “city center” stores, starting in Manhattan. It’s a notable departure from its usual big-box suburban megastores.

A Bird e-scooter on a San Francisco sidewalk.

What Ends Up On the Sidewalk

Sidewalks are a last shred of safe public space. No wonder we’re fighting over them.

Lyft Just Became America’s Biggest Bikeshare Company

By acquiring Motivate, Uber’s chief rival will take over the docked systems in New York, D.C., San Francisco, and more.

San Francisco Still Doesn’t Know Who Its Mayor Will Be

Ranked-choice voting has produced the closest citywide election in decades, as the race between London Breed and Mark Leno remains uncalled a week later.

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The White Men's Club Leading America's Largest Cities

The diversity of the country's urban centers is not reflected in City Hall: In the 15 biggest U.S. cities, all but three mayors are white men, and none are women.

What Just Happened in San Francisco?

High drama at City Hall—involving race, tech money, and politics—lays bare the city’s simmering tensions.

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Your Entire City Is an Instagram Playground Now

CityLab’s guide to the #GrammableCity.

A Solemn Memorial Sparks a Feud Between Sister Cities

San Francisco's new monument to "comfort women" has Osaka, Japan, threatening to end a decades-long relationship.

The Salesforce building is pictured on the San Francisco skyline.

The Tower at the Heart of the Tech Boom

A symbol of the industry's reach takes its place in San Francisco's skyline just as Americans begin to reckon with the power of Silicon Valley's companies.

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Everyone Should Fear What Happened to the Gothamist Sites

Five U.S. cities just lost a critical source of local news. The former LAist editor explains why it’s so troubling that they were silenced.

Two women cross in front of red lanterns hanging on Grant Avenue in Chinatown in San Francisco.

How an Earthquake Sparked the Invention of Modern-Day Chinatown

There’s a reason that Chinatowns across the globe bear a strong resemblance to one another. It started with a temblor in 1906.

Passengers board a bus at the airport.

Why Doesn't Google Maps Know the Best Way to the Airport?

The app often ignores airport transit services, even if they’re faster or cheaper. (But Bing might have it figured out.)

A man sits on a bench in Bangkok.

In a Lonely City, Volunteer Listeners Are Here to Help

“Often, lonely people long to be noticed by another person who says, ‘I see you.’” That’s where Sidewalk Talk comes in.

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In a Changing Climate, Will San Francisco Start to Feel Like L.A.?

“The comparison is not a bad one.”

At night, a firefighter passes through smoke to survey a building destroyed by a wildfire near Calistoga, California.

Is Oakland Overdue for Another Firestorm?

As wildfires rage in California’s wine country, the scene is set for a recurrence of Oakland’s devastating 1991 blaze.

The ClimateMusic Project performs inside the planetarium at Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center.

The Odd, Disconcerting Music of Climate Change

San Francisco scientists and musicians are creating experimental compositions based on real climate data.