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Past articles by John:

High-speed rail to downtown S.F. is back on track — but the price tag keeps going up

Despite widespread doubt about the long-promised extension of commuter and high-speed rail... → Read More

S.F.’s Central Subway isn’t just a transit line. It’s a startling view of a city in flux

The subway prods you to think about what the future could bring while redrawing our mental... → Read More

California storm: Overnight forecast sees gusty winds up to 80 mph

Nearly 100,000 PG&E customers are impacted by power outages around SF Bay Area. → Read More

The pandemic changed S.F.’s public spaces — the fights over them will keep growing in 2023

San Francisco’s public realm in 2023 will likely be as contested as the city itself. → Read More

How Marc Benioff could help transform downtown S.F. — starting with one half-empty office tower

What if the co-CEO of Salesforce took one of his towers and filled it with housing and... → Read More

Alfred Hitchcock was a master of suspense — and using S.F. to set an architectural mood

Christine Madrid French is a San Francisco author who’s written a book exploring how... → Read More

S.F.’s neighborhood names are in flux. Will ‘Hayes Point’ and ‘East Cut’ stand the test of time?

Some neighborhood names stick, such as Nob Hill. Others, like the East Cut, are still... → Read More

San Francisco’s park revival is here. Here are 7 of the best newcomers

Two dozen parks or playgrounds have opened in San Francisco since 2020, including the spectacular Presidio Tunnel Tops. → Read More

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