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Peter Hartlaub

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San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Past articles by Peter:

Vote for the official animal of San Francisco

What should be San Francisco's official animal? Shark or butterfly? Crab or coyote? Cast your vote! → Read More

For a few glorious years, S.F. citizens traveled by gondola. It ended badly

In the 1950s, an enterprising San Franciscan built a Sky Tram near Ocean Beach. It met a... → Read More

The Hunters Point crane in San Francisco has a nuclear secret

The Hunters Point crane in San Francisco has a mostly forgotten history: Its giant arch was once used to stress-test nuclear-tipped Polaris missiles. → Read More

A rare Muni streetcar is on sale. Owners will 'entertain all offers'

A Bay Area couple have been using a decommissioned Muni light rail vehicle as an office. They're ready to sell — to the right home. → Read More

The most romantic spots in San Francisco for your valentine

The Total SF podcast hosts picked 12 of their favorite romantic destinations in the city. Here are six of them. → Read More

How the 1981 49ers taught San Francisco to believe in itself again

When the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XVI, fans poured into the streets of the Bay... → Read More

23 things to do in San Francisco in 2023

Catch a concert in a converted mortuary, tour a Painted Lady and ride the longest escalator west of the Mississippi → Read More

Fast food was way better in the 1980s. These photos show why

Photos in the San Francisco Chronicle archive are a reminder how much better fast food... → Read More

S.F. fire station decorating contest returns bigger than ever

San Francisco firehouses revive the 1940s holiday tradition, with more lights, prizes and... → Read More

Powerful photos show San Francisco’s fight against AIDS epidemic

Pain, protest and compassion collided in San Francisco during the AIDS crisis. Chronicle... → Read More

U2 played a surprise 1987 S.F. concert. Then all hell broke loose

U2’s surprise 1987 concert in San Francisco lives in infamy. Thirty-five years later,... → Read More

He’s a poet, novelist and NBA player whose number was retired by the Warriors. Why don’t more people know Tom Meschery?

The former Golden State Warrior spent years in a Tokyo prison camp and taught high school... → Read More

Lyrics Born in fighting shape for new album 'Vision Board,' return to S.F. stage

The Bay Area rapper ends his most prolific period as a musician and podcaster with the psychedelic-tinged album and a return to San Francisco. → Read More

How a forgotten San Francisco ballpark nearly destroyed the western half of the city

San Francisco’s Ewing Field was a foggy, frigid and possibly cursed ballpark in the... → Read More

This tablecloth the Beatles doodled on was stolen 56 years ago. Now, it’s resurfaced — and is about to go up for sale

When the Beatles played their last U.S. concert at Candlestick Park in 1966, the band... → Read More

Two reporters. 27 Bay Area transit agencies. How many can they ride in one day?

For Total Transit 2022, Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub are attempting to ride every Bay Area transit agency in a single day. Follow their progress here. → Read More

Then-Prince Charles landed in S.F. in 1977. Not everyone was happy to see him

King Charles had a whirlwind visit through the Bay Area in 1977, with protests... → Read More

September’s unusual weather? It was even weirder more than a century ago in San Francisco

September 1904 recorded the highest S.F. temperature until that time and the most... → Read More

50 years of weirdness on BART: Richard Nixon, ‘Pong’ and a lost Ohtani

As Bay Area Rapid Transit celebrates 50 years in the Bay Area, we look back at some of... → Read More

The case for ‘Frisco’: History weighs in on S.F.’s controversial nickname

The shared history of Frisco is a wild ride, with heavyweights including Herb Caen and... → Read More