San Francisco

Smart Cities Can Get Smarter in Protecting Residents

COMMENTARY | As cities and residents race to become more connected, we must consider how to protect public and private digital property.

How One City Handles Complaints About Its Transit System

San Francisco’s BART System doesn’t just tweet back at people complaining on social media, but also tries to tap into the information to help guide maintenance, cleanup, and repair in real time.

Collaboration Key to Managing Scooters, Bike Shares

Proactively communicating with transportation companies can help ease the pain of integration, according to a new report from the National League of Cities.

The Poop Problem Plaguing One of America’s Wealthiest Cities

“People should have places to go to the bathroom when they need to, and in San Francisco they don't,” says a supervisor there looking to tackle this and other issues tied to street cleanliness.

How to Build NIMBY-Proof Homeless Shelters? Make Them Mandatory.

To foil community pushback over new facilities for people in homelessness, a San Francisco lawmaker wants all neighborhoods to share the responsibility.

A Silicon Valley Approach To Financing Affordable Housing

COMMENTARY | Both innovative and on brand: San Francisco is using an accelerator to get money to affordable housing developers

The Cities Where Residents Are Most Eager to Leave

An analysis by real-estate website Redfin.com examined places where more people were searching for homes elsewhere compared to people looking to move in.

Transportation Officials Seek Flexible Federal Infrastructure Funding

Some states and localities have struggled to curb congestion because of the limited funding available for pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure.

The Gap Between Workers and Jobs

Workers live far away from available jobs in metropolitan areas across the country, researchers found.

San Francisco’s Homelessness Tradeoff

Taxing big business means more money for health care and social assistance, but the city’s economist says it could also mean fewer jobs and a smaller economy if companies move or open elsewhere—which could sting in a recession.

Some Drug Users in Western U.S. Seek Out Deadly Fentanyl. Here’s Why.

Some drug users report actually opting for the the synthetic opioid, which experts in many places have linked with many overdoses.

‘Cannabis Equity’ Runs Into Roadblocks

While cities aim to help people of color become pot entrepreneurs, getting programs off the ground has proved difficult.

Crime and Murder Rates Drop in Most Big Cities

While the trend isn’t universal, Brennan Center for Justice research findings “definitively reject any claims” of the nation being in a “crime wave.”

San Francisco Mayor Seeks to Reinvigorate Storefront Retail

Mayor London Breed said she wants to spur city administrators to match the innovations that are remaking retail business models.

The ‘Narrative of Improvement’ vs. the Reality of San Francisco Homelessness

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State employment in Rhode Island surges … first-of-its-kind ban on tiny toiletries … and a mayor fails to announce he put his police chief on unpaid leave.

The Homeless Can’t Escape San Francisco’s Smoke-Ridden Air

As wildfires burn out of control, they are impacting the state’s other crisis—the growing number of people living on the streets.

Cities Address Hurdles to Sharing Data

An increasing number of operating systems are available to municipalities looking to streamline data sharing, but a global network wants them thinking about urban resilience as they do.

A Long-Term Solution for Scooter Sharing

San Francisco’s scooters are back, and newly regulated. But is regulation enough to make them work in the long term?

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Ruling on Lead Paint Remediation

A coalition of cities and counties sued manufacturers under the state’s “public nuisance” law. They have won a $400 million fund to help treat housing.

California Mayors Slam Increased Fee to Abandon Utilities as Corporate ‘Giveaway’

Switching to an environmentally friendly community choice energy program will cost customers a bit more every month.