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Recent articles by John:

The Castro Theatre deserves to be restored to its former glory. The question is, how?

The two sides at odds over the future of the Castro Theatre agree on one thing: The building at the center of the looming dispute cannot be replaced. → Read More

Can pop-ups save downtown San Francisco? How Bay Area cities are trying to revive empty storefronts

Cities and building owners must find inventive ways to fill vacant storefronts on a... → Read More

Officers search state Sen. Wiener’s S.F. home for bombs after Sunday death threat

Uniformed officers with bomb-sniffing dogs searched the San Francisco home of state Sen.... → Read More

The grate escape — police rescue trapped ducklings from storm drain outside Oracle Park

Assists are in basketball, not baseball, but one was recorded Sunday by the officers who... → Read More

These rooftops were once cool, hidden spaces in downtown S.F. Now, they may go off-limits

Even before the pandemic, some of downtown San Francisco’s best public spaces were easy... → Read More

Russian Hill gets an ultralux park. Too bad there’s not some housing, too

Francisco Park includes staggering views, rugged slopes, a community garden and a... → Read More

You think planning a city like S.F. is easy? Here are five things that planners got wrong

Give drivers on freeways the best views. Make new towers look old. Build pedestrian... → Read More

Hit the brakes: S.F. lowering speed limits to 20 mph on 7 busy commercial strips

The goal is to reduce cases of cars hitting pedestrians or bicyclists and, if such... → Read More

The design for UCSF’s proposed hospital is dynamic. That doesn’t mean it will get built

Even the architects concede that their assignment is daunting — to insert a 15-story,... → Read More

With a hilltop park and $5 ferry rides, Yerba Buena Island could soon be a destination

The outcrop once known as Goat Island is part of the larger Treasure Island development,... → Read More

An architectural treasure hunt through San Francisco’s Financial District

San Francisco’s historic Financial District is more than a cluster of towers with a few... → Read More

The strange saga of a 1931 S.F. gas station that’s still on the move

The zigzag moderne gas station opened on Russian Hill in 1931, and was transplanted to... → Read More

There's a new $1.4 trillion plan to make the Bay Area better. Here's where the money would go

Even as Bay Area elected officials voted unanimously last week to approve the most... → Read More

Oakland developers built a popular waterfront park. Now they want to wrap a marina around it.

The head-scratching proposal involves Township Commons, which opened last fall on the... → Read More

Why the state's housing crisis could bust open the S.F. skyline

Welcome to the arcane world of housing density bonuses — a state program that... → Read More

Another extra-tall tower may be headed to S.F. skyline

The newly proposed residential high-rise would rise 818 feet and be among the half-dozen... → Read More

San Francisco’s downtown bike paths are being remade in the pandemic. This map shows how

Bicycling in San Francisco’s downtown area is not for the faint of heart. Follow us on a brisk ride to survey the emerging bikescape, rough spots and all. → Read More

S.F.'s new animal shelter created with dogged devotion to building's history

San Francisco’s Animal Care & Control center is tucked inside the thick brick shell... → Read More

San Francisco Bay's tides are going to rise. Should we dam the Golden Gate first?

Scientists have dismissed this seemingly simple concept, but the looming threat of sea... → Read More

These S.F. photographs from the 1940s and '50s resonate today with scenes of daily life

The understated photos by Minor White now on view at the California Historical Society... → Read More