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The 11 Shittiest Airbnbs Still Available for the Super Bowl

So you’re heading to Frisco to experience the glorious splendor of Super Bowl City , but you waited too long to find a place to stay and now all the hotels are booked! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, bro.

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Alissa Walker

February 5th

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This Ridiculous Ramp Is SF’s Best Idea for a Bike Path Across the Entire Bay Bridge

After the Super Bowl leaves town San Francisco can stop vandalizing corporate statues and go back to focusing on more important projects, like imagining the day the Bay Bridge bike path might finally cross the entire San Francisco Bay.

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Alissa Walker

February 3rd

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Uber (and Lyft) Finally Bankrupted San Francisco’s Favorite Taxi Company

Here’s one we probably saw coming. San Francisco’s largest taxi company is filing for bankruptcy, citing competition from Uber and Lyft. But it’s not too late for Yellow Cab yet.

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Alissa Walker

January 7th

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Should Facebook Really Pay Its Employees to Live Closer to Work?

It’s no secret that thousands of Silicon Valley tech workers who would rather live in San Francisco are being bused in and out of the city every day. But after these policies have come under fire, it appears that a handful those tech companies are trying to encourage employees to live closer to work.

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Alissa Walker

December 25th

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This “Bubble Curtain” Will Protect San Francisco’s Marine Life From the Bay Bridge Demolition

This "Bubble Curtain" Will Protect San Francisco's Marine Life From the Bay Bridge Demolition

One of the largest remaining chunks of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge is coming down tomorrow, as engineers continue to dismantle the aging piece of infrastructure. But how to protect the fish and other wildlife in the area as it gets taken down? By blowing bubbles.

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Alissa Walker

November 13th

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Super Bowl to San Francisco: “Can You, Like, Take Down All Those Icky Bus Wires?”

Super Bowls and public transportation don’t always mix, and sometimes the result is nothing less than apocalyptic . Usually the problem is that cities need more transit to handle more people. But here’s the odd idea for the next Super Bowl, being held in San Francisco: Take some of that transit away.

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Alissa Walker

November 13th

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San Francisco Photog Caught An Amazing Time Lapse Of Last Night’s Missile Launch

Justin Majeczky was perched high above the Golden Gate Bridge on Slacker Hill executing some time-lapse photography last night when something showed up in his frame that he surely didn’t expect—a Trident D5 ballistic missile launched by the USS Kentucky off the coast of Southern California.

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November 8th

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SF’s Nasty Prop F Battle Proves Airbnb Is More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined

Yesterday, San Francisco voters defeated Proposition F, a set of regulations for short-term rentals which many thought might help ease its housing problems. The defeat is being credited almost singlehandedly to Airbnb. Will the entire city of San Francisco become overrun with Airbnb rentals now? Probably not. Have we gotten a taste of what Airbnb will do to win? Yeah—and it’s kinda scary.

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Alissa Walker

November 4th

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San Francisco Has Voted Against Limits on Airbnb Rentals

San Francisco’s attempt to more tightly control services like Airbnb has been voted down in a city-wide ballot.

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Jamie Condliffe

November 4th

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Home tracking firm Zillow demonstrates the Apple effect on housing prices in San Francisco & San Jose

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It’s long been taken as read that high tech company salaries push up housing costs in the surrounding areas, but the WSJ commissioned home tracking company Zillow to provide some hard data. By tracking the increase in values of homes owned by Apple employees, it was able to prove that home values in those areas rose further and faster than in surrounding areas with similar demographics.

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The piece notes that zoning laws and regulatory red tape also have a significant effect, by limiting the supply of housing at a time when demand is increasing, but the comparison does suggest that there is a direct link to tech companies like Apple.

Homes occupied by Apple workers are appreciating at 18% a year, compared with 11% for San Francisco as a whole and 12% for San Jose. Since iPhone sales launched in June 2007 [and stock values rose], the Zillow analysis found, the average difference between the median home value of Apple workers and San Jose workers has swelled to 20% from 13%.

The problem of lower-paid workers finding it hard to find housing within reasonable commuting distance of tech companies like Apple has been highlighted in the past. Apple took the decision back in March to hire the majority of its previously contracted security guards as staff, providing them with health insurance and retirement benefits. The company also arranged for its contracted shuttle bus workers to get an improved deal.


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Ben Lovejoy

October 26th

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