Shortly before the Bay Area appeared on lists of the worst traffic in the world, the region set an ambitious plan to move millions of daily car trips to public transportation by 2040. But local transit agencies pay some of the highest subway and train construction costs in the world, which will limit the impact of $21 billion the nine counties pledged to expand the transit network. ”If your costs are higher you will build less,” says Alon Levy...
For many Americans, the never-ending stream of texts, notifications and breaking news creates a compulsion to look at their smartphones often. Although people feel frazzled and fatigued, cutting ties with their devices can be difficult. For those who want a break, Branch, a San Francisco industrial design firm, offers an idea. It’s a new ritual, a series of methodical actions centered around placing your phone inside a handsome concrete box...
If San Francisco's new mayor is going to throw the city's transit chief under the bus, she certainly knows not to count on it arriving on time. Only about half of the city’s buses show up according to schedule, a benchmark that no mayor in recent memory has been able to budge. Any transit boss will fail unless firm, decisive changes are come to City Hall. Mayor London Breed should make one thing her first priority: Creating a bold vision for Muni.
A look at historical images reveals that at times of war and after disasters the city has housed people in barracks, tents, and shacks—often in numbers greater than the current homeless population. Which raises a question: Could the city shelter all of its homeless in similar structures today?
As San Francisco Design Week looks to the future, one of the city’s old-school design treasures, William Stout Architectural Books, offers a refreshingly analog form of discovery: browsing a smartly focused selection of books about design, art and photography.
A few years ago, John Maeda, designer, technologist and author, gave away all his books. “I’m fascinated by all the things that aren’t in books,” he said. “One thing I’ve learned about my knowledge of design is that it’s been heavily skewed towards men.”
In the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, the San Francisco Police Department prevents injection drug users from getting clean needles. That could violate the department’s own guidelines — and have deadly consequences.
Four years ago, Mokhtar Al-Khanshali had never tried good coffee. Now the Yemeni-American imports coffees consistently rated among the best in the world. As he helps to rebuild Yemen's coffee industry, he must return there often. In 2015, civl war broke out and he was forced to make a dangerous escape. But he kept going back. Today his coffees cross cultures, boundaries, and messy politics to bring people together over a wonderful experience.
In 1954 a young architect named I.M. Pei stood before city officials and media to unveil his plans for Denver's first high-rise hotel complex. Pei, who would become one of the world's preeminent architects, pledged that no expense would be spared in order "to make Denver proud of the development."
As any regular rider knows, Muni does a lot to earn its status as the least reliable major transit system in America. For many of its 300,000 daily riders, the one thing that makes it workable is real-time arrival information accessed via websites, mobile apps, or NextBus displays at transit stops. But soon after the new year arrived, the system started showing wildly inaccurate information.
When you ride BART, there’s usually a moment when you look up from your phone and wonder, "Where am I?" But when train operators call out stops over the loudspeaker, they can be hard to hear. Sometimes they skip mentioning stops, too. It's a big problem for visually-impaired riders like Ruhama Veltfort. New trains will solve the problem with automated announcements, but the old trains won't be phased out until 2022.
San Francisco's population of injection drug users—estimated at 22,500—are more likely to contract HIV, hepatitis C, and skin infections, which are costly to treat. A new task force will look at whether the city should provide safe spaces for them to shoot up.
This is a story of a beer garden, a bread factory, and a tree that must die. It's about a special power San Franciscans hold, a bureaucratic button anyone can push to halt any construction project.
Known as discretionary review, some say the process gives people a voice in the future of their neighborhoods. But at a time when California needs 2 million new housing units, it slows down new construction and drives up housing costs.
As elected officials work to accelerate new housing construction, new laws and directives make changes to discretionary review likely.
After brutal election warfare, Scott Wiener and Jane Kim should champion meaningful campaign finance reform
Elections are often compared to battles. But as millions of dollars surged into last year’s state Senate race between Scott Wiener and Jane Kim, their battle devolved into a dirty war. And that’s why these two are exactly the right people to fix the underlying problem, the problem of money in politics.
It’s Pride week in San Francisco. This year, activities range from a barbecue for bisexuals to Friday’s trans march. The largest event is Sunday’s parade, and after political wins like gay marriage, the event has turned into a big party.
Corporate sponsors like Google, Whole Foods, and Bud Light have joined the fun, but that’s creating tension with activists.