Watch San Francisco's Rapid Gentrification Unfold on Google Street View

These days, it's rare to find a piece of San Francisco news that doesn't at least make a passing reference to the city's rapid-fire gentrification. And while numbers like the 115 percent increase in evictions over the past year are certainly astounding, nothing drives the point home quite like seeing the city evolve… » 6/09/14 12:46pm 6/09/14 12:46pm

San Francisco's Sights Reflected Upside-Down In Perfectly Clear Puddles

San Francisco's got a beautiful skyline, but Angela May Chen prefers looking towards the pavement for a crystal clear view. The designer and photographer captured some of the city's iconic (and lovably hyper-local) sights reflected perfectly in puddles after good hard rains then flipped the pics, resulting in a series » 5/31/14 11:08am 5/31/14 11:08am

See the Towering Future of San Francisco’s Skyline In a 3D-Printed Model

San Francisco's skyline is a-changing a lot, with massive new developments going up all over Market Street's main drag and squeezing in downtown. The pace is fast enough that it's tough to imagine what it will look like next week, much less next year, but a close look at this oversized 3D-printed model is like an… » 5/29/14 3:40pm 5/29/14 3:40pm

The Plan to Keep People From Jumping Off the Golden Gate Bridge

More people have committed suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge than on any other structure in the world—someone jumps from the bridge to their death about every two weeks. But those figures could be dramatically reduced if a proposed suicide-prevention barrier is installed later this year, as advocates hope. » 4/17/14 3:20pm 4/17/14 3:20pm

How San Francisco Sacrificed a Valley in Yosemite for Water and Power

The electricity that powers San Francisco's streetlights, schools, and international airport begins as a torrent of water inside—of all places—the supposed natural sanctuary that is Yosemite National Park. A century ago, a pristine valley was sacrificed so that San Francisco could continue to exist. » 4/16/14 5:20pm 4/16/14 5:20pm

The Plan to Demolish SF's Old Bay Bridge Could Be Derailed By Birds

To us, the bridge is a way to get across the water, but to cormorants in San Francisco Bay, the old Bay Bridge is home sweet home. And the 800 protected birds currently nesting there are not very keen on moving to the new Bay Bridge span—despite its shiny $700,000 bird "condos." If Caltrans can't lure the cormorants… » 4/08/14 5:20pm 4/08/14 5:20pm

The Futuristic Liquid Nitrogen Machine That Makes Ice Cream To Order

Despite the warm wood and cheery red accents, Smitten Ice Cream can feel a bit like a mad scientist's shop. There's the industrial-sized tank of liquid nitrogen that greets you inside the entrance of its new flagship location in Oakland. And there's the billowing clouds of nitrogen when the stainless steel ice cream… » 3/26/14 5:20pm 3/26/14 5:20pm