San Francisco

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.

An illustration of Gothamist logos being packed up.

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.

A firefighter pulls a hose down a wooded trail.

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.

Deer crossing a two-lane highway

How Do You Stop Drivers From Colliding With Wild Animals?

Crashes between cars and critters are up in California, particularly in the Bay Area. What can transportation departments do?

How Park(ing) Day Went Global

One tiny DIY parklet became a model for reclaiming streets around the world.

A bollard toppled over and cracked on a city street, surrounded by wheel marks

How Do You Design an Effective Bike-Lane Barrier?

Drivers are mowing over dividers in Oakland meant to protect cyclists and pedestrians. What can be done?

Farmers work on a farm near a construction site of new residential buildings in Shanghai in 2016

The Smells, Sounds, and Tastes of Future Cities

How might climate change and new technology cause upheavals in our sensorial landscape?

A young man takes clothes out of a dryer and places them in a laundry cart inside a laundromat

The Decline of the American Laundromat

The retreat of a longtime urban staple marks yet another way cities have changed after an influx of higher-earning residents.

Fog swallows up the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Your Real-Time Eye on San Francisco's Famous Fog

Bask in the sublime beauty of “Karl,” the city’s chilly miasma, with these always-updated satellite images.

William Ware looks at his reflection in a broken shard of mirrored glass in an empty field near downtown Antioch. Homelessness has grown by about a third in Antioch, according to Contra Costa County Point-in-Time homelessness count in 2016.

In the Bay Area, Homelessness Is Reaching Out Into the Suburbs

Communities like Antioch, where homelessness has spiked in recent years, haven’t been prepared to handle the growing need.

San Francisco's New Bike Racks Are Self-Aware

They make security cameras take your picture and cry for help if somebody is stealing your bike.

Hands reaching up toward a floating globe

Four Cities Leading the Way Against Climate Change

New York City, Houston, Miami, and San Francisco have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. Are their successes a blueprint for action at the state and local level?

A ghost-bike monument to a rider killed nearby lies draped with flowers in Santiago, Chile.

Why Are the Costs of Bike Crashes Rising So Much?

The tumultuous urban environment seems to be driving up the dire consequences of wrecking, researchers say.

A bike missing its front wheel lies in a rack at Oakland's Fruitvale BART station.

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.

Frank Wong with one of his dioramas of Chinatown

Bringing 1940s Chinatown Back to Life in Miniature

Frank Wong’s memories of San Francisco are fading, so to preserve them, the 82-year-old artist recreates them in three dimensions.