October 29, 1999 |
California's last two-newspaper city is poised to become a one-newspaper city, and the result is a civic free-for-all rife with celebrity bashing, a federal investigation, a state investigation, two city investigations, seething self-interest and a welter of resentments. The storied San Francisco Chronicle was sold this summer to the Hearst Corp., owner of its bitter rival of 100 years, the equally storied San Francisco Examiner.
October 24, 1999 |
Face it: Automobiles rank mighty low on the tourism food chain of this steep and gridlocked city. The Golden Gate Bridge--absolutely. Alcatraz--sure. Flotillas of barking sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf--OK. But a car? Three electric autos that hit the streets this fall are becoming tourist attractions in their own right. With bright colors and a goofy shape that looks more cartoon than car, the four-seaters turn heads as they zip silently through the city.
April 19, 1999 |
Bicycling here is not for the faint of heart. You've got those urban Alps that residents sportingly call hills, wide boulevards dominated by speeding cars, neighborhoods riddled with bewildering warrens of one-way streets and a citywide obstacle course of potholes, grates, curbs and train and trolley tracks. Yet it's not enough to stop San Francisco's cyclists, a dazzlingly diverse and determined group.
May 17, 1998 |
Maybe it's the men in nuns' habits. Or the women racers masquerading as human breasts, 5 feet tall, complete with nipple rings. Or the competitors pushing beer kegs in shopping carts. Or the gleeful runners waving huge model body parts on poles, alive thanks to the grace of organ donation.
July 6, 1997 |
When I think back on the 1967 "Summer of Love" it's amazing it could even be called that. The first generation raised on television and rock 'n' roll came of age that summer and there was much for them to be negative about. John F. Kennedy had been assassinated only 3 1/2 years before. A huge U.S. military buildup was underway in Vietnam. The antiwar movement was roaring. Martin Luther King Jr. urged massive civil disobedience and Stokely Carmichael was calling for a black revolution.
August 16, 1996 |
Every day, as she watches thousands of drivers nose their cars up the freeway onramp that curves just a few feet beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows of her downtown loft, Toni Lee counts herself lucky to be in San Francisco. "I love it," Lee, a graphic artist, says of living and working alongside the noisy, crowded sweep of concrete. "It is an urban forest. It captures the energy of this city." Energy. The word most commonly used these days when San Franciscans describe their city.