San Francisco

Matt Rourke/AP

Why Is Affordable Housing So Expensive?

Limited city budgets and rising building costs create a recipe for disaster.

OpenSFHistory/WNP

The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake

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

BART

Meet the Bay Area Residents Fighting Discrimination on Public Transit

Locals and officials teamed up in support of inclusivity on BART.

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.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

For Most Cities, the Tech Boom Is a Bust

Contrary to technology’s image as an equalizer, digital service jobs in United States have clustered and concentrated in a select few metros.

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.

Paul Sancya/AP

The Steady Deconstruction of America's Cities

Peter Moskowitz’s new book on gentrification outlines how local governments cede their power over residents’ lives to private interests.

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.”

Blair Sampson/USDA

What's Behind San Francisco's Plague of Flies?

A brief history of the California city’s hopeless battle against invasive insects.

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.

SFMTA

San Francisco Takes a Step Back From Raised Bike Lanes

Sometimes they just can’t prevent cars from parking in the pathway.

CHP Oakland

Oakland Kills Off Its Anthropomorphized Sinkhole, 'Steve'

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

Manu Fernandez/AP

Mark Zuckerberg Is Touring America. He Should Start With San Francisco

The Facebook founder wants to get out and see more of America in 2017. He should think more carefully about his own back yard.

SFMTrA

Building DIY Bike Lanes as a Form of Activism

Meet the shadowy group that’s arguably outpacing San Francisco when it comes to protected bike lanes.

Stephen Lam/Reuters

The Best Cities for Part-Time Workers

Seattle and San Francisco point to a way to protect employees against erratic schedules and unpredictable wages.

Jeff Chiu/AP

What If You Could Take the Safety Net With You?

A sharp critic of the gig economy says a “portable safety net” would help today’s untethered workers.

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

A Supervised-Injection Site Could Save San Francisco Millions

Every dollar spent on a place where drug users legally inject would create $2.33 in savings, researchers say.

UnCollege

From UnCollege to Less College

A San Francisco startup that hoped to replace college with real-world experience switches to a middle path: an intensive, post-high-school “gap year.”