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Monday, August 15, 2016

S.F. Seen As Perfect Host City For Summer Olympics - in 2088

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 11:30 AM

  • The Lancet
Those who’ve lived here long enough might remember that San Francisco really, desperately wanted to host the 2016 Olympics.

In 2005, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom put forth a bid that would have included the entire Bay Area participating in the mega-sporting event in some capacity. A year later, after the city and 49ers couldn’t figure out how to build a new stadium in San Francisco, the bid was withdrawn and the dream died.

Fast-forward 10 years, and the Olympics are in Brazil — and San Francisco has another failed hosting attempt under its belt, having lost to Los Angeles last year as the U.S. bid city for the 2024 Games. But hey, there’s some good (if frightening) news to report: Come 2088, San Francisco might be the last city in the entire United States that has a climate suitable for the Summer Olympics.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Filmmaker’s Time-Lapse Video Shows Stunning SF Fog

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 11:45 AM

  • Matthew Maniego/YouTube
Loaded question: What’s the most iconic thing about San Francisco? Those are certainly fighting words in some circles, but mention a certain weather phenomenon and you’ll probably get few arguments against.

The city’s fog is, to put it mildly, legendary. It has its own Twitter handle and Wikipedia page. It delays summer until September. And it has inspired writers, artists, and entrepreneurs for generations. What’s left to say? Probably nothing. So let’s forget about the words and focus on the images.

That’s what a guy named Matt Maniego did. This week, he released Paradise II, his second love-letter type movie of San Francisco. It took him three-and-a-half years to shoot — in time lapse — and six months to edit. The result of that dedication is a two-and-a-half-minute movie that is simply serene to behold.

Of course we’ve all seen countless images of San Francisco fog, but this video takes it up a notch.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Millennial Problems: Most Pokemon-Obsessed City Is NOT S.F.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 9:45 AM

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  • The Lafayette Building in Detroit

We stumbled upon something this week that has us utterly flummoxed. How, for the love of all things Squirtle, did San Francisco only register eighth on a list of Top 10 Cities Most Interested in Pokemon Go?!

Well, millennial friends, it certainly did. By the grace of Metapod, the good folks at Internet Service Partners used Google Trends to determine which states and cities are most obsessed with the mobile phenomenon that has led to, among many hard-to-believe stories, an outright ban in Iran, a new provision in New York preventing paroled sex offenders from playing the game, and the shooting death of a man in San Francisco.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

S.F. Renters Partying Like It’s 2009

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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If you’re currently trying to rent an apartment in San Francisco, this news might make you laugh: The market is cooling so much that landlords are offering generous perks for signing a lease.

But to anyone considering a 400-square-foot studio for several thousand a month, the idea that things are getting better for tenants is comical. But apparently it’s true, according to Yahoo Finance, which proclaims that incentives for potential tenants are at levels not seen since the days of the Great Recession. The catch is, of course, these landlords seem more interested in renting to tech workers than, say, people who don’t work in tech.

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Yesterday's Crimes: Rolling Stones, Hells Angels and Busted Heads at Altamont

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  • Beth Bagby
A melee broke out on Dec. 6, 1969 in front of the hastily constructed stage at the Altamont Speedway as the Rolling Stones played "Sympathy for the Devil." Several Hells Angels jumped into the crowd. Sawed-off pool cues came down on skulls and boots broke bones. Somewhere in all the dust and tangled humanity was