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The Quesada Gardens Initiative: taking a bite out of crime with plants

Article: The Quesada Gardens Initiative: taking a bite out of crime with plants

One of the most memorable sections of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller The Tipping Point covers New York City’s reduction of violent crime by addressing petty offenses. Painting over graffiti immediately, cracking down on turnstile jumping, and beautifying run-down neighborhoods treated crime like an infection: focus on the conditions that caused an infection to take root initially, and, often, you don’t have to deal with any full-blown manifestations.

Tatzoo: Wildlife advocacy meets tattooing

Article: Tatzoo: Wildlife advocacy meets tattooing

Got a tattoo of your favorite endangered species? If you’re my age, you’ll probably answer “No” with an annoyed look. However, if you’re a twentysomething, I may have you thinking “Heyyy – that’s a great idea!” Generation Y is into its tatts, as well as making the world a better place. If someone figured out a way to bring those two things together, they’d likely have plenty of people willing to pitch in.

Phrase of the week: sex nerd

Article: Phrase of the week: sex nerd

We pride ourselves on knowing all the sex lingo — and where there isn’t lingo for something we’ve observed in the world of sex and dating, then we make it up ourselves. For example, three terms we coined in our book Rec Sex: An A-Z Guide to Casual Sex are benched (the state of being…

Green tech finds: Cool tech, cold tech

Article: Green tech finds: Cool tech, cold tech

Just because we’re all trying to stay warm right now doesn’t mean that some techies aren’t thinking about cold – or at least cool. From climate-friendly freezers to arguments for space heating, we’ve got what’s cool – and what’s cold.

Pavements to Parks: Park(ing) Day, every day

Article: Pavements to Parks: Park(ing) Day, every day

People, Parklets, and Pavement to Parks (plus Mojo Bicycle Café) from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

This year’s Park(ing) Day (an annual event I covered a few years ago) has come and gone and was another great success. In fact, it looks like they’re still counting the number of temporary “parks” people created in parking spaces around the world. Of course, all of those green spaces are gone now, but wouldn’t it be nice if parking spaces were being converted into spots for permanent enjoyment of the outdoors?

Long exposure airplane photography

Article: Long exposure airplane photography

Terence Chang has a great Flickr photoset of long exposure composite photographs he snapped of take-offs and landings at San Francisco airport from various vantage points around the city. Speaking of San Francisco: I’d pay a lot of money right now for a Mission district burrito, which incidentally has its own Wikipedia page. [Via]

When the farmers market isn't sustainable enough: ForageSF

Article: When the farmers market isn't sustainable enough: ForageSF

Farmers markets have become the face of the local foods movement, and they’re popping up everywhere… and succeeding, by and large. People like the idea of buying from local food growers and producers, and markets create a stronger sense of community than most grocery stores.

But what if you want to go a step further in your efforts to eat sustainably? What if you’d like to learn more about food that’s available for the picking almost anywhere (which we often consider weeds or other undesirable plants)? What if you’d like to try out local food from merchants who simply can’t afford the permitting required for selling their goods at the local market? What if you’d just like to make a salad like the one above… from food you find on a walk through the neighborhood?

Mysterious tiny doors in San Francisco

Article: Mysterious tiny doors in San Francisco

Unexplained, tiny, innocuous, heavily locked, yet non-working doors or “unexplained portals” have begun popping up around San Francisco as part of an ongoing public art installation spearheaded by artist Jeff Waldman. The artist explained this group project in an email to his friend, a professor of sculpture at Yale: The idea is to install small…

San Francisco mandates measurement, publication of energy performance in buildings

Article: San Francisco mandates measurement, publication of energy performance in buildings

“What gets measured gets managed” is an old business maxim that San Francisco’s city government is taking to heart in terms of commercial building energy use. On Friday, Mayor Ed Lee signed the Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance into law. The legislation that would require regular energy performance audits, and publication of the data, for existing buildings in the city.

Village People' San Francisco

Article: Village People' San Francisco

Lady Bunny just posted this video link on her Facebook wall and I just had to share it here at SUNfiltered, you know since it is my job around these parts to gay the place up. The Village People were recently in the news when the YMCA decided to change their name to simply the…

Chinatown couple saves Banksy

Article: Chinatown couple saves Banksy

There’s an irony that has accompanied Banksy’s fame which makes his graffiti a target for churlish defacement, as seen in this recent example where someone splashed yellow paint on one of Banksy’s newer pieces in San Francisco. It’s reminiscent of the anonymous splasher who riveted the New York street art community and the blogosphere back…

Peaches Christ's All About Evil

Article: Peaches Christ's All About Evil

Peaches Christ is drag royalty in San Francisco. Joshua Grannell, the mastermind behind Peaches, hosted the long running Midnight Mass movie series at Bridge Theatre and performed all over in painted face, often times splattered with blood. May 1st has the macabre-loving Grannell debuting his new film ALL ABOUT EVIL, a camp horror film starring…

Eco-rap emerging as educational, empowerment tool for San Francisco youth

Article: Eco-rap emerging as educational, empowerment tool for San Francisco youth

Try explaining climate change to young people in terms of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, or the dangers of toxic wastes by focusing on water sheds… chances are they’ll be checking their phones, if not dozing off, in a matter of minutes. Now imagine these same concepts being addressed by rappers from the neighborhoods these kids come from… you’ll likely see more enthusiasm for the topics.

San Francisco in 1906

Article: San Francisco in 1906

I, like many a gay in this great land of ours, spent some formative years in San Francisco. There I hobnobbed among the liberal elite and leather queens in equal measure. It truly is a diverse city. And also, as anyone who’s lived there will attest, San Francisco is a beautiful city. The hills. The…

The View From Here

Article: The View From Here

Clockwise from upper left: Larry Sultan, “My Mother Posing for Me,” (1984) Henry Wessel, “Southern California,” (1985) William A. Garnett, “Contour Graded Hills, Ventura County, California” (1953) and Ansel Adams, “Clouds, from Tunnel Overlook, Yosemite National Park, California” (1934)

Children growing up everywhere, in the middle of nowhere, middle America or in the backwoods of the Northeast all have specific visions of California. Of all the states in the country, why California? Why do people I meet today tell me how when they were children all they wanted to do was go to California? One reason: photography. Whether their impressions are of the Ansel Adams variety or the vastly more popular surfer/life guard/beach bum/eternal party culture California, they can all be traced back to specific images from photography both low (think neon bikini postcards) and high.

Coastal cities trying out paperless communication with residents

Article: Coastal cities trying out paperless communication with residents

When I first covered Zumbox, a paperless mail platform based on physical addresses, a few months ago, I was both intrigued and skeptical. I thought the concept was sound, even revolutionary; I wondered, though, how one start-up could attract enough users to its platform to keep it viable. It turns out that local governments are providing one method: yesterday, the company announced that San Francisco and Newark, NJ, are adopting Zumbox for communication with residents.

Compatible carpooling

Article: Compatible carpooling

Carpooling is a great way to cut both your transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, and your gasoline spending. You probably associate it most with commuting to and from work: a few co-workers get together and agree to share costs (and the headaches of driving in rush hour traffic). But what about trips into town for a museum visit, or a ballgame, or shopping?

The other penguin

Article: The other penguin

Gay penguins everywhere must be upset over the news out of San Francisco this week. Harry and Pepper, once a happily coupled gay duo, have split up according to zoo officials. And no, the reason does not seem to be another man. Another woman has gotten between the love birds.

Mayor Gavin Newsom announces sustainable, regional food policies

Article: Mayor Gavin Newsom announces sustainable, regional food policies

You likely associate food policy with the federal government, but on July 8th, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom demonstrated what local governments can do to promote local, sustainable, and healthy food initiatives. Speaking at the West Oakland Woods Urban Garden (one of several farms operated by City Slicker Farms), Newsom outlined new policies aimed at “…form[ing] a comprehensive and strategic approach to addressing pressing needs in all sectors of the food system.”

Tomorrow is World Pillow Fight Day

Article: Tomorrow is World Pillow Fight Day

Grab your heftiest stuffed pillow tomorrow because Saturday, April 4 is World Pillow Fight Day! As well as the usual suspects like New York City (Wall St. and Broad St. at 3:00 PM) and London, participating cities include Guayaquil, Kuala Lumpur, and Miyazaki City, among many others! Selfish (kidding!) San Francisco couldn’t wait and already…