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San Francisco's High-Tech Urbanism

July 10, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Tech Life in San Francisco

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving.[read more]

Vision Zero Project: Rethinking 'Safe' Pedestrian Infrastructure in San Francisco

Walking Safety in San Francisco

Walking through downtown San Francisco can have an appeal similar to a game of Russian roulette. But in this game of chance, the bullets are one to two ton cars. I've had the unfortunate privilege of witnessing a bicyclist get run off the road and a skateboarder slam face first into a driver’s side door.[read more]

San Francisco Startup Reboots, Partners with Meat Producers to Bring Healthy Products Directly to Consumers

Local Healthy Foods

Naithan Jones started AgLocal in 2011 with the idea to create a web application linking consumers directly to small-to-medium-sized farmers producing sustainably grown meat. After selling meat mostly to chefs and distributors, Jones steered his company back to direct-to-consumer sales.[read more]

Are the Suburbs Really Cheaper?

April 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Suburbs and Cost of Living

Smart Growth America released a report this month called Measuring Sprawl 2014. The report looks at 221 metro areas in the US and develops a “sprawl index ranking.” The higher the number, the more compact the metro area. Not surprisingly, New York tops the list.[read more]


What is the Best Way to Measure the Sustainability of Cities?

April 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Change the criteria, change the outcome

Yesterday I covered a new Cities in Motion index that claims to identify the most sustainable cities in the world and puts Tokyo and London at the top. Today I compare it with an Economist survey that gives different results. Which approach do you feel gives a more accurate picture?[read more]


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]