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BY JORDAN SALINGER
August 4, 2010

With just under a year in operation, San Francisco's "data liberation" website, DataSF, has inspired some compelling visualizations. One person who has actively taken advantage of this website is flickr user Eric Fischer. This past week he introduced an animated graphic that caught my eye.

BY TIMOTHEA TWAY
August 2, 2010

As a budding apiarist, I was devastated to hear about the Hayes Valley Farm incident last week. An unknown person sprayed two beehives with household pesticides - destroying the hives and killing thousands of bees. Hayes Valley, the community farm in San Francisco, used the San Francisco Bee-Cause beehives in to help educate Bay Area residents about beekeeping and urban farming.

BY ANIKA JESI
July 30, 2010

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The Castro parklet [Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]

BY JON ROGERS
July 30, 2010

Taking the guess work out of parking. That's what SFMTA's innovative new parking program, SFpark, aims to accomplish. When implemented, the program will dramatically change how drivers locate and pay for parking.

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BY EMILY EHLERS
July 28, 2010

As California lays the high-speed rail groundwork, SPUR continues its series on international precedents. While France built high-speed rail two decades after Japan and within a different state apparatus, the system had remarkably similar results: growth and concentration.

BY ED PARILLON
July 27, 2010

Geary Boulevard runs almost the entire width of San Francisco, from Market to the ocean. The name of the street hides a lot of history — John White Geary was the first mayor of San Francisco post-statehood, and he would go on to govern Kansas during its "Bloody Kansas" period in the buildup to the Civil War. But that's a matter for another post though — this post is about forgotten transportation.

BY JORDAN SALINGER
July 26, 2010

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BY ANIKA JESI
July 23, 2010

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[Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]

BY EMILY EHLERS
July 23, 2010

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5.5 Designers' wallpaper maze [Photo Credit: Switched on Set]

BY FABIANA MEACHAM
July 22, 2010

The Dogpatch may already be on everyone's radar as a neighborhood on the rise (see last year's New York Times "Surfacing" feature), but touring the area's artisan manufacturers lends a much more tangible element to all the hype. This former shipbuilding center has attracted a new wave of craftsmen, producing everything from messenger bags to chocolates to modern backyard cabanas.

BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
July 21, 2010

Colleen McHugh, native San Franciscan and resident SPUR photographer, will blog about a different walk through San Francisco each week of the summer, reflecting on what it means to live as a pedestrian in this city and some of the ways we can improve upon that experience. There are so many things a walk in San Francisco can be — from a protest to an errand to an active use of public space.

BY ELIZABETH HOLDEN
July 20, 2010

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Hayes Valley Farm [Photo Credit: flickr user edibleoffice]

Urban farming events are plentiful right now in San Francisco. Here's a summary of this week's line-up:

BY JULIE KIM
July 19, 2010

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[Image: The New York Times]

Where will I live?
How will I get around if I can no longer walk or drive?

BY ELIZABETH HOLDEN
July 19, 2010

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Fritz Haeg's Animal Estates Snag Tower [Photo Credit: Monique Deschaines/FOR-SITE Foundation]

BY FABIANA MEACHAM
July 16, 2010

Last week's Parks and Parklets tour led a group of enthusiastic urbanists to three of the city's parklets — miniature parks built on roadway and parking spaces reclaimed for the pedestrian realm.

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BY ANIKA JESI
July 16, 2010

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BY TIMOTHEA TWAY
July 15, 2010

pollution [Photo Credit: flickr user Sam Williams]

BY JON ROGERS
July 14, 2010

Determined to see changes occur in their neighborhoods despite tight city budgets, many DIY Urbanists are taking matters into their own hands. They are rolling up their sleeves to make improvements to their built environment by planning, designing, and implementing projects. Because DIY Urbanism projects are conceived by individuals and implemented on tight budgets, innovation and creativity are key ingredients in any DIY project.

BY BEN LOWE
July 14, 2010

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[Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]

The San Francisco Department of Elections announced on Monday that the Fix Muni Now campaign had submitted enough voter signatures to qualify their Muni reform measure for the ballot.

BY JORDAN SALINGER
July 13, 2010

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Golden Gate Bridge, circa 1933 [Photo via Historypin user megscannell]

BY FABIANA MEACHAM
July 12, 2010

Policy wonks across the state will  be thrilled to discover the Public Policy Institute of California's recently released CA2025 report, a "briefing kit" covering California's most important long-term policy issues.

BY TIMOTHEA TWAY
July 12, 2010

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[Photo Credit: Timothea Tway]

BY ANIKA JESI
July 9, 2010

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Signing petitions for the Fix Muni Now campaign. [Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]

BY EMILY EHLERS
July 9, 2010

This Week: JAPAN

For evident selfish reasons, I like to tout the Golden State as the breeding ground for innovation. And as California attempts to build the first high-speed rail (HSR) network in the country, it's tempting to consider ourselves warriors heralding in a new day for transportation. Really, though, HSR has been successful for decades in Asia and Europe. Nations from South Africa to South Korea are doing precisely what California hopes to achieve.

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