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San Francisco Inspires Mobility in European Cities

April 10, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

San Francisco and Mobility

Tenacity, persistence and a lot of patience are the attributes that Timothy Papandreou, Director of Transport Planning of San Francisco, considers essential to take forward some of the most important developments in the mobility sector not only in American cities but also throughout the world.[read more]

San Francisco Wants You to See and Feel Innovation

April 4, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

San Francisco Innovation

San Francisco has long been a test bed for innovation when it comes to its streets. With their Pavement to Parks program, the city showed how low-cost parklets and pop-up plazas can make streets much more welcoming, creating new street life where there was once only cars.[read more]


Which are the Most Unsustainable Cities in the World?

March 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

River flooding: the commonest threat

What is the opposite of a sustainable city? For insurance companies it quantifies to the riskiest. Insurance company SwissRe has calculated the 10 riskiest metropolitan areas in the world by assessing the largest 616 of them, and the risks to their inhabitants.[read more]

San Francisco's Detroit Moment

February 4, 2014 by Jim Russell

If one were to compare Boston to Detroit in 1960, certainly the judgment would have been that Detroit was the more dynamic metropolis. By some accounts, Detroit was the wealthiest metro in the United States at that time. In 1970, Detroit was 6th in per capita income.[read more]

Thinking Outside the Bus: San Francisco Deals With Google Buses

February 2, 2014 by This Big City

Google Buses and San Francisco

It used to be difficult for me to visit San Francisco. As a native of Southern California, I represent one of the few things San Franciscans just can’t tolerate, along with greenhouse gases, the Central Freeway, and coffee shops that don’t have a separate bin for compost.[read more]

Then and Now; Film Clip Captures San Francisco's Urban Transformation

January 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Changing San Francisco

100 years ago, two out of 10 people lived in cities. Today, that figure has risen to five out of 10. Urban landscapes are much changed over the past century. Two film clips shot on the same street in San Francisco, California one hundred years apart illustrate one such case of profound urban transformation.[read more]


Urban Street Art: Fostering Innovation in Cities

January 10, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Watch out lady, you're going to get wet!

Whether for the good of commercial or cultural interests, public art and street art are widely recognized for their benefits to the urban environment in terms of their contribution to things like urban innovation. How did it evolve - and where is it going?[read more]

San Francisco's Fortress Against Gentrification

December 27, 2013 by Jim Russell

For at least 43 years, the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area has been the wealthiest region in the United States. For at least 43 years, according to Gary Kamiya, the Tenderloin in San Francisco has resisted gentrification.[read more]

San Francisco: A Tourist-Friendly Mix of Iconic Transit Modes

December 26, 2013 by Christopher Berggren

San Francisco Transit

The city and county of San Francisco, one of America’s most visited places, is a famous tourist and business destination. Its backbone is tourism, which ranks first in the city’s private-sector employment; and many would say its single most iconic visual image is that of its bell-clanging cable-cars.[read more]


Paris finds a Sustainable Alternative to the Gas Patio Heater

December 12, 2013 by David Thorpe

Greens hate them. Smokers love them.

"Posing a challenge to an issue, rather than identifying what it is you want and put out a tender, is good for us. It helps us develop a vision for how the city can evolve." This is how Paris came to find a solution to the patio heater problem that was developed in San Francisco.[read more]

How Did San Francisco Get So Expensive?

November 11, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Expensive San Francisco

San Francisco is suffering from a housing affordability crisis. If you live in the Bay Area, this topic is all too familiar. Prices keep going up and any kind of solution seems non-existent. But how did San Francisco become America’s most unaffordable city in such a short period of time?[read more]

Urban Travel: In My Element

November 3, 2013 by Kate Gallery

Urban Travel in San Francisco

I wake early, just as daylight is beginning to spread east to west over Angel Island, Fort Point and out through the Golden Gate. The Presidio is growing louder by the minute, coming alive with the beeps and squeaks of delivery and construction trucks beginning Friday morning’s work.[read more]