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Monday, January 11, 2016

Why Dense Development Might Make the Housing Crisis Worse

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 1:05 PM

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Good news if you’re in a NIMBYish mood of late: A new study from Chapman University in Orange County gives you the anti-Manhattanization rationale you’ve been waiting for. In “Building Cities For People,” author Joel Kotkin, a former San Franciscan turned urban studies fellow at Chapman, argues that increasing building density actually makes the housing crisis worse, and also makes San Francisco less likely to attract and retain anyone except the super-rich.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Tale of Two Uber Studies: As Lawsuit Expands, Dueling Datasets Ask Whether Drivers Are Happy

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that almost all of Uber’s 160,000 California drivers can potentially join in the class-action lawsuit against the ride-hail giant slated for trial next summer.

Happiness is a $62 billion valuation. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Happiness is a $62 billion valuation. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
If Uber loses, it would have to classify its California drivers as employees rather than contractors. Suits on behalf of drivers worldwide would inevitably follow, and God only knows the kind of back pay the $62 billion company would have to dole out. So, one can only assume that someone in Uber’s legal apparatus didn’t sleep last night.

Given all that, it’s not surprising that Uber is on a constant PR bender to depict its drivers as sunny-minded folks who love the freedom of working sans schedules and commitments. Hence a driver survey released this week.

Before even getting to the full results, the press materials tout the part where “drivers chose Uber to have more control over their time and their income.”

It continues: “[Drivers] want work that fits around their life, not the other way around,” This is only a shadow away from flatly saying, “They don’t want to be real employees, okay? Would you just drop it already?”

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Report: California Less Corrupt Than Other States, But Still Pretty Shameful

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 11:11 AM

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Under most ordinary circumstances, a grade of C- wouldn’t be encouraging, but according to a sweeping new report on state integrity, California’s middling score puts it in second place nationally.

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative reporting group, examined state governments between January 2013 and March 2015, measuring each for transparency and accountability in subcategories such as political finance, election oversight, lobbying, and ethics, among others.

The take-away: most states are pretty fucking corrupt.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

SF Has More Surge Pricing Than NYC...And Other Findings From a New Uber Study

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 11:12 AM

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A new study of Uber’s surge pricing found that it doesn’t lure Uber drivers to high-demand areas, although it does discourage many passengers from requesting rides.

As the Chronicle reports, the study, “Peeking Beneath the Hood of Uber,” looked at surge pricing in San Francisco and New York. Researchers collected data from December through May, but really focused on two weeks this past spring.

Here’s what they found:

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This Muni Station is the Best Public Transit Rail Station in California

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 10:19 AM

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Here’s some news that’ll surprise anyone who rides BART or Muni regularly: both systems are the best public transit in the state, based on ridership, access to amenities, and walkability.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

San Francisco Is Very Dangerous But Not Deadly for Cyclists, Report Says

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

It happens. Often.
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San Francisco is the most dangerous city in California for cyclists. But there's good news in that troubling tidbit, according to  a city report: San Francisco is not the most deadly city in California for cyclists.

The injury rate for bike riders in San Francisco — over 75 per 100,000 residents — is almost double that of any other California county between 2009 and 2012, according to the "Population Health" report released by the city Controller earlier this month. In Alameda County, where plenty of people ride bicycles, the accident rate was barely 40 for every 100,000 residents. 

But our riders are bruised and not broken. "Paradoxically... San Franciscans were the most likely to be injured but the least likely to be killed," the report found.

Do we just have stellar helmets or damn good luck?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

San Francisco Is the 12th Most Expensive City for Holiday Shopping

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 7:29 AM

click image We know where most of your shopping is really done. - FLICKR / MCCUN934
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  • We know where most of your shopping is really done.
It's that time of year again: Holiday music is blaring in every elevator you enter, Santa Claus is coming to town (and robbing banks), and yes, you've been to Union Square more this week than you have all year. 

And you're spending way too much money on things not for yourself. According to a new survey, San Francisco spend on average $1,021 on holiday gifts, which makes us the 12th most expensive metro area in the nation for holiday shopping, according to a new Nerdwallet study. 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Snobs Congregate in San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Local snob double-fists coffee in San Francisco. - FLICKR/FRANKFARM
If you hadn't already taken note, today is National Coffee Day, which means free samples of your favorite java all day long (sorry tea drinkers, you already celebrated your day). 

It also means coffee connoisseurs are scrutinizing our caffeine fixes to determine just how addicted we are. In honor of one of the most observed holidays in America (that's our anecdotal observation), Redfin crunched some numbers and concluded that San Francisco is the fourth best city for coffee snobs.

Now for the burning questions: which city out-brewed us?

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

San Francisco: A City of Smug Assholes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

We don't tend to take unscientific studies seriously, but there's some new information circulating the Internet today that got us thinking deeply: Is San Francisco a city made up of complete assholes?

According to, a San Francisco-based real estate blog, all signs point to "yes, definitely." The researchers over there crunched some data to determine which cities were the snobbiest in America. They looked at cost of living, lack of fast food, education level, the number of art galleries and private schools, as well as income level to determine just how high and mighty they are. 

Turns out, San Francisco's penchant for Google Glass, overpriced bread, and white people with Internet access (okay, those are our words, not theirs) has earned us the snobbiest city title. 

Per the blog:

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Study Says San Franciscans Don't Look Their Real Age

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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If you're feeling youthful today, it's not because you are young. It's because you are good at loading up on age-defying products that make you look younger than you are. 

And the built-in exercise you get from walking those steep San Francisco hills doesn't hurt. 

Not surprisingly, San Francisco, a city that prides itself on being lean, fit, and balking at tanning beds, ranked the no. 1 city in the nation where residents are the most successful at defying their real age (Los Angeles didn't even make the top 10).

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