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SoMa to receive city’s first ‘protected intersection’

Constriction begins this week and should be completed by year’s end With the advent of unfettered ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, as well as an influx of residents who can afford car payments, the city has seen more vehicles take over city streets. Show More Summary

Splash pads are the new public pools

Immersive fountains keep residents cool while creating urban hot spots By the third day of the heat dome, the city is a skillet of scorching pavement. Seeking relief, you follow the shrieks of children echoing across the shimmering sidewalks. Show More Summary

New digital house manual works like video Post-It notes for guests

Ping uses mobile tech to make it easier for home-sharing hosts to communicate with their visitors Home-sharing companies like Airbnb and HomeAway are expected to nearly double their number of users by 2020, so it’s no surprise that creative...Show More Summary

Jackie Robinson gets a freeway named after him

A 4.2 mile stretch of the 210, to be exact It’s a widely known fact that Angelenos love naming their freeways. From the Santa Ana to the Santa Monica to the Ventura Highway in the sunshine (not actually a highway, so it counts), freeways...Show More Summary

Unique Venice house encased in white aluminum wants $6.5M

Enter via a door "born from skateboard decks" Courtesy of Partners Trust Photography by Jason Speth Venice’s "Wave House" is striking from the street. Beyond its atypical shape, all rounded edges and undulating roof, the residence by...Show More Summary

Los Angeles 2024 Olympics news

All news and updates about Los Angeles's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. Two weekends ago, as Olympic competition kicked off in Brazil, Mayor Eric Garcetti and officials from LA’s Olympic bid were in Rio de Janeiro to make the case for Los Angeles to host the 2024 games. Show More Summary

Tall timber construction is coming—this video proves why

A stress test by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill proves the strength of this sustainable building system. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the global firm responsible for many of the world’s highest and most high-tech skyscrapers, knows a few things about building high-rises. Show More Summary

People are camping in their $145K Teslas

The fanciest, most expensive tent around In early 2015, Phoenix resident Steve Sasman jokingly offered the "World’s First Tesla Hotel" to adventurous car fans wanting to spend the night in a Tesla. And while the Airbnb ad was largely...Show More Summary

Can LA really win its Olympic bid?

Bill Hanway, master planner of the Rio and London games, says yes Two weekends ago, as Olympic competition kicked off in Brazil, Mayor Eric Garcetti and officials from LA’s Olympic bid were in Rio de Janeiro to make the case for Los Angeles to host the 2024 games. Show More Summary

Photographer’s hyperlapse video of San Francisco reveals hidden gems

On the quiet dignity of a Powell Street traffic cone We’re all used to things like time-lapse videos of San Francisco. Such exercises are often striking (this is arguably the most photogenic city in America), but rarely noteworthy. After...Show More Summary

Artist preserves LA’s past and present with tiny models of the city's iconic buildings

An 81-year-old miniature-maker and his small models star in a new film A new short documentary screening next week at a short film festival in Hollywood offers a glimpse into the life and work of a Los Angeles miniature-maker. Gerald W. Show More Summary

The Strange, Thrilling History of Skyscraper Climbing

Started from the bottom, now we here As one brave soul just demonstrated earlier today while attempting a solo climb up New York’s Trump Tower with suction cups, there are few things can attract the attention of an entire city more quickly than scaling a skyscraper. Show More Summary

Union Square wants Stockton closure, Chinatown power player says no

Rose Pak threatens to blockade City Hall with hundreds of delivery trucks If you’ve driven down Stockton Street lately—well, you didn’t get very far, did you? The two blocks north of Market have of course been closed to traffic for years...Show More Summary

Apple campus progress coming along beautifully

Landscaping begins, new structures appear, and old ones disappear (underground, of course) in our monthly check in with the young and growing headquarters. There are certain things you can rely on. Every day, tide goes in, tide goes out. Show More Summary

Is biometric security the solution to lengthy TSA lines?

A new startup wants to create a better premium security experience No one likes the current rigamarole of airport security—long lines, shoe removal, putting your laptop in its separate plastic bin. But a new startup, Clear, is offering a premium security-check experience. Show More Summary

Pop star Charlie Puth parting with Hollywood Hills home

The Teen Choice Award winner is selling the villa he purchased in December In December, rising pop star and tween idol Charlie Puth helped himself to a six-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills, but it appears he’s already to Marvin Gaye and give it up. Show More Summary

Watch how Google used backpack cameras to map Rio’s favelas

Street View provides a vibrant look at a city mired in negative pre-Olympics press The lives of the people who make Rio de Janeiro their home have been overshadowed by the relentless tales of a very troubled Olympics. But none have been marginalized more than the 1.5 million people who live in Rio’s favelas. Show More Summary

Can self-driving technology save the bus?

Does autonomous, hyper-customized semi-public transportation spell an end to buses? It doesn’t have to The bus is doomed. Or so says a New York City study that showed ridership in the most transit-friendly city in the U.S. has plummeted. Show More Summary

The Unsupervised Kids of 'Stranger Things' Would Be a Nightmare for Today's Parents

These days, only kids in movies are free to explore The Netflix series Stranger Things is perfectly engineered to attract viewers of a certain age with a love letter to 1980s pop culture. But beyond Trapper Keepers and boomboxes, the...Show More Summary

This Untouched 1980s Oakland Hills Estate Will Drop Your Jaw

Built by a baseball legend, this home will bring back memories of Reagan-era real estate Built in 1980, this palatial estate is owned by baseball great Joe Morgan. As realtor Chimere Washington tells Curbed SF, the former CincinnatiShow More Summary

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