San Francisco

CityLab

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.

Good Medicine Picture Company

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.

Ford Motor Co.

Bridj Collapses After Just 3 Years

The bus company trying to bridge public transit with ride-hailing shuts down after failing to secure new investment.

Robin Scheswohl/San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

The Sublime Cisterns of San Francisco

Subterranean vats were an emergency response to the city being repeatedly and savagely burned to the ground.

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.