Dan Grover and Mike Belfrage have mapped transit inequality in the Bay Area
after reading a New Yorker piece on the New York City subway
). The ways in which a widening income gap are changing the demography of San Francisco have been widely reported
of late (previously
). The project's code is available
if you'd like to try mapping your own city.
For about a day, Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning was going to be one of the Grand Marshals
in this year's San Francisco Pride Parade. Since Manning continues to languish in a military brig, his* frequent champion
, the Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, agreed to attend in his stead. Manning was selected by Pride's "electoral college," a jury of former Grand Marshals that elects some of the Grand Marshals for each year's parade. But almost as soon as his selection was announced, it was revoked by the Pride board. Here is the statement from board President Lisa Williams
The SF Pride board is meeting right now, and Manning's advocates will be gathering outside and possibly inside the meeting. @lizatblackrose
is livetweeting the meeting. [more inside]
How can a company that earns no money be worth a billion dollars?
How you answer that question will determine whether you believe that what is now occurring in the office parks and strip-mall coffee shops of the San Francisco Peninsula is the last gasp of another speculative financial bubble or the early articulations of a new world order.
Bostonians Tyler Balliet and Morgan First love wine. Drinking it, talking about it, introducing other people to it. But wine, unfortunately, is often perceived to have an attitude, a culture of snottiness and pretension that puts people off before they even get close to a wine glass. Why swirl it? What's with that obnoxious sucking sound? What the hell is the deal with spitting it out? What about the confusing vocabulary
and snooty descriptors? When did wine become "sassy" or "understated", instead of "delicious"? [more inside]
How the streets of San Francisco got their names:
a fun little history lesson, nicely formatted as a giant clickable map (with search if you just want to look up a specific street).
San Francisco in 1955 in color
"Shot by filmmaker Tullio Pellgrini, the 20-minute movie gives an up-close-and-personal tour of the city from Pellgrini's automobile. His narration is charmingly earnest in a way that's promotional of the city's virtues while never stepping over into being particularly phony or cloying."
Upon proudly celebrating 10 years of the show's rich history at the forefront of Drum & Bass, Breaks, Dubstep, Grime, Broken Beat, 2Step and other emerging genres, the hosts of Future Breaks are satisfied that the time has now come to pass the torch and retire the weekly broadcasts of the program.
The final broadcast of Future Breaks FM! will air live January 26, 2008 at 4pm PST. Our online presence at www.futurebreaks.fm will be preserved and we may continue to podcast select archival programs from the "vaults" as well as other surprises.
Our small, non-profit radio show was founded in January 1998 by Ms. E, dj PUSH and Arc Angel Gabe Real as an outlet for underground 21st Century electronic dance music featuring weekly, live in-studio mixing by turntable DJs.
Future Breaks FM
was a weekly electronic music show with a decidedly Jungle/DnB flavor that ran on KUSF, the University of San Francisco's radio station
(which went off the air 2011
) from 1998-2008. Forty-nine episodes, up to the last show on 26 Jan 2008, are still available on the podcast archive
Absolutely gorgeous aerial footage of San Francisco bay
(shot in gyrostabilized ultra-high def, so watch in full-screen if you can). [via]
The Bacon-Wrapped Economy
, or how the rise of a new elite of wealthy, predominantly twentysomething, software engineers and startup founders is changing the San Francisco Bay Area's economy and culture. [more inside]
R/C cameraman Robert Mcintosh takes you soaring high above Santa Monica, Venice, and San Francisco.
Float through the air as you glide along the beach and up through the spokes of the Ferris wheel over the Santa Monica Pier
. Then head a mile or two south and get a bird's eye view of Venice's Muscle Beach
. When your head has stopped spinning you can take in San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge
or get away from it all (including the ground) out at at Vasquez Rocks
. [more inside]
AirBnB And The Unstoppable Rise Of The Share Economy
“We’re going to have to invent new economics to capture the impact of the sharing economy,” says Arun Sundararajan, a professor at the Stern School of Business at NYU who studies this phenomenon. The largest question for academics is whether this all creates new value or just replaces existing businesses. The answer is surely both. It’s classic creative destruction. [more inside]
Questions about Pakistan are now a fact of living here, no different from damp weather or calls from salespeople. Some I deflect, and others I frame around my own terms. [more inside]
Click that 'hood!
is a simple game which tasks you to locate neighborhoods in one of six cities: Chicago, IL; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. An easy game gives you 20 neighborhoods: A hard game gives you the entire city.
Rebecca Solnit on how Silicon Valley corporations are transforming San Francisco: I weathered the dot-com boom of the late 1990s as an observer, but I sold my apartment to a Google engineer last year and ventured out into both the rental market (for the short term) and home buying market (for the long term) with confidence that my long standing in this city and respectable finances would open a path. That confidence got crushed fast. It turned out that the competition for any apartment in San Francisco was so intense that you had to respond to the listings – all on San Francisco-based Craigslist of course, the classifieds website that whittled away newspaper ad revenue nationally – within a few hours of their posting to receive a reply from the landlord or agency. The listings for both rentals and homes for sale often mentioned their proximity to the Google or Apple bus stops. [more inside]
Is San Francisco The Brooklyn To Silicon Valley's Unbuilt Manhattan?
Much has been said about how San Francisco should build up and become a new Manhattan. (Previously
.) Similarly, much has been said about the utterly boring suburban sprawl that is Silicon Valley. (At least in San Jose.
) The Awl
's Ken Layne points out that there's a lot of underdeveloped land in between that isn't exactly virgin wilderness- and suggests making more out of it: an entire metropolis, in fact. Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic Cities
mentions that Redwood City is the neighborhood of the future
. [more inside]
From the street 100 feet below the ledge, the man barely seems real. He is nondescript, nothing more than white skin with a mild tan, a fit build, and shaggy blond hair. He is a faceless blur. He is anonymous, but will be defined by his final act. SF Weekly chronicles the life of a man whose suicide was cheered on by onlookers and captured by social media.
First the Bubble. Then the Short. Now the Long.
Some neighborhoods in Oakland are as devastated as any of the worst hit regions across America — Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix. Now the morphing of the housing bust and foreclosure epidemic into a lucrative multi-billion dollar opportunity for major investors is also uncannily centered upon Oakland and the greater Bay Area, where companies flush with hedge fund cash are buying up homes by the thousands.
The entire sweep of the US housing bubble, financial crisis, and foreclosure wave can therefore be told by looking at persons and companies with intimate links to Oakland and the Bay Area. What follows is one account.
Anyone who has spent any time at all on the Western side of San Francisco is familiar with the name Sutro
. Being the 24th mayor of the City was actually one of his smaller and lesser-known accomplishments.
Born in Prussia in 1830, he first made a name for himself with The Sutro Tunnel
, which was used to drain water from underneath the Comstock Lode
, improving working conditions and lowering the mine's operating costs. He sold his interest in the company he founded and left for San Francisco, where he built
himself a mansion
, among other things... [more inside]
At the western edge of Golden Gate Park
sit two Windmills
, claimed to be among the largest in the world. Built over 100 years
ago to irrigate the park, they were eventually made functionally obsolete by electric water pumps and were allowed to fall into a state of neglect. The North (Dutch) Windmill was given a face-lift in 1980, and more recently The South (Murphy) windmill has been completely restored
. For the first time in decades both windmills started spinning
, appropriately enough, on Queen's Day
earlier this year. The entire reconstruction process of the South Windmill is documented in this extensive photo gallery
Spain Rodriguez Fought the Good Fight
- underground comics artist Spain Rodriguez
, most famous for his violent antihero Trashman
, passed away yesterday.
"My friend showed me around the MUNI Kirkland bus yard.
MUNI is the municipal public transit system serving the city and county of San Francisco. It will turn exactly 100 later this year." [via
Reuben Reynoso gets paid to jump on mattresses
, day after day, mattress after mattress. The McRoskey Mattress Company in San Francisco has been making mattresses — and having people jump on them — for 112 years, since before the 1906 quake. [more inside]
Suddenly That Summer
: It was billed as “the Summer of Love,” a blast of glamour, ecstasy, and Utopianism that drew some 75,000 young people to the San Francisco streets in 1967. Who were the true movers behind the Haight-Ashbury happening that turned America on to a whole new age? [more inside]
has created blended photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake/fire aftermath. His first set
was posted in 2010 (Beware: dead horses in one photo) and he's just released his second set
When is a private space a public space? When it's a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS)
. In accordance with the planning codes of some cities, owners or builders of buildings are mandated to provide members of the general public access to spaces which include rooftop gardens, courtyards, and plazas. [more inside]
Bill Brent was the publisher of the zine Black Sheets and the alternative sexuality directory The Black Book and the author of the book How To Make a Zine (recently republished in a revised edition
) as well as a lot of erotica writing. He was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area sexuality, kink, and zine scenes from the early 90s onward. Unfortunately, he committed suicide in August 2012; Liz Highleyman penned an in-depth obituary of Bill
Last year, the Heavy Air Laser Slalom
regatta was run out of St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Organizers pick what they think will be a consistently windy day, and competitors race on the fastest points of sail. Here
is some incredible footage
. [more inside]
A headline rivalling “Batman to leave Gotham”: “Maupin to leave San Francisco
.” But before the Tales of the City
) moves to Santa Fe with his husband, you can pick up Armistead Maupin’s house
for a mere $1,198,000. (28 Barbary Lane is not for sale.)
Reddit user and actual wizard bananimator takes us on a quick spin through the city by the bay
DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE
: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco -- Or what happens when a drifting master gets free reign over SF streets.
I have been wondering who put those donut-shaped tread marks on the Bay Bridge. Previously... Previouslier... Previousliest
was a BBC documentary series that ran from 1959 to 1988, presented by Alan Whicker. In 1967, Whicker traveled to Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco to examine the phenomenon of hippies. Part One
introduces us to The Love Generation. Part Two
reveals that The Grateful Dead smoked marijuana. Part Three
features freak-out dance performances and a hippy not on LSD. In Part Four
, a woman in a hammock leads to teeny boppers violating the fuzz and the natural antagonism between the hippies and police. Part Five
is on LSD. Part Six
has many self-indulgent hippies. [more inside]
On March 29, San Francisco web entrepreneur Chris Bucchere
was returning from a group cycling ride
when he struck and killed a 71-year-old pedestrian
his bicycle down Castro street and through a crowded crosswalk—at 35 MPH,
according to his STRAVA app.
"In a nutshell, blammo," is how Bucchere described the incident
in a (since deleted) posting to the Mission Cycling Club website. While he noted a "RIVER of blood" from his victim, Bucchere ended his post with a jovial ode to his own "late helmet." As Bucchere tries to scrub
his online identity, including posts about fixed-gear bikes
, some cyclists are questioning
whether riding a fixed-gear bike
without brakes may have contributed to the accident.
On September 13, 1859, a former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court shot and killed a U.S. Senator
in what has been called the last notable duel in American history
. The duel itself can be interpreted as a sort of proxy battle between pro- and anti-slavery groups
of the time, and a harbinger of the American Civil War (which would begin a year and half later).
In December 1974, New York Times reporter Seymour Hersh's front-page account (paywall)
of the CIA's MK-ULTRA program
documented their illegal domestic intelligence operations
against the antiwar movement and other dissident groups in the United States. The article eventually prompted investigations by the Rockefeller Commission
and the Church
committees. "There have been other reports on the CIA's doping of civilians, but they have mostly dished about activities in New York City. Accounts of what actually occurred in San Francisco have been sparse and sporadic. But newly declassified CIA records, recent interviews, and a personal diary of [George
,] an operative at Stanford Special Collections shed more light on the breadth of the San Francisco operation." SF Weekly
: "Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA doped San Francisco citizens with LSD." MK-ULTRA: Previously on Metafilter. (Via)
AIDS Quilt - 25 Years Later
: Yesterday marked the end of the "largest showing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt
in [San Francisco] since the NAMES Project Foundation -- the quilt's caretaker -- closed its original Market Street location in 1999 and relocated to Atlanta the following year."♥
What started 25 years ago "as a single 3-foot-by-6-foot fabric panel has grown to a more than 54-ton tapestry with more than 47,000 panels
remembering the [90,000
] names of those lost to HIV/AIDS."
No one living can say whether the original, ten-hour version of Erich von Stroheim's most famous movie was the epic masterpiece it was touted to be. The 140-minute version is all that remains, and while it's only a quarter of the film it was meant to be, it's still one of the greatest accomplishments (SPOILER) of the silent film era. [more inside]
The 49ers are back
, but who's paying attention? Sitting on top of a weak NFC West
, is the Niner's impressive rise going overlooked? [more inside]
The San Francisco Street Food Festival
is an annual Summer event in the Mission District that features around 60 different Bay Area vendors and is attended by tens of thousands of foodies. This year the usual mainstays were joined
by Don Bugito
, which served up insect-based dishes
and billed itself as the first "PreHispanic Snackeria."
When the food truck
commences permanent operations this month, it may be the first eatery in the country devoted exclusively to preparations involving insects. But they're not the only entomophagy pioneers in San Francisco, where Bug Cuisine is Booming
. So just how tasty are insects
? (Via) [more inside]
Meanwhile, 6th and Mission St
is in the center of city. If you've ever walked it, it's like stepping into the another world, not a pleasant one either. On a rainy night, wandering into Tu Lan
, it's famed Vietnamese restaurant, is the closest experience I can recommend to feeling like you're in Blade Runner in America. I work between 5th and 6th on Mission and have wondered and despised how such a place like this came to be. Here's an answer from someone that lives there, which really has me thinking.
"Born Shigeyoshi Murao
in 1926, he was universally known as Shig. His playful demeanor—not to mention his signature beard, Pendleton shirts, Royal Air Force exercise vest, horn-rimmed glasses, and bowler—rendered him unforgettable. But that did not make him easy to know.
Shig, who died in 1999, is largely remembered for an event that occurred on June 3, 1957, when two undercover agents from the San Francisco Police Juvenile Squad showed up at City Lights to buy a seventy-five-cent book of poetry
." [more inside]
"Transient is a black comedy
about a homeless man who's visions lead him to believe he is an inter-dimensional savior of humanity, on a mission to save the universe. Is he indeed the 'one', chosen by mystical divine forces to embark on a crusade against ultimate evil, or a hopeless lunatic, aimlessly wandering the streets of San Francisco? Transient is a spoof on the hero's journey that's part Men in Black, part Raising Arizona, flavored with liberal portions of Ghostbusters and John Steinbeck. It is a ballad to the city by the bay, and a heartfelt tale of the sacrifices one man will take for his love for his family, his friends, and all of humankind." [Via]