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San Francisco Woman Found Living With 300 Rats that She Breeds and Releases in Parks

San Francisco Woman Found Living With 300 Rats that She Breeds and Releases in Parks

San Francisco police recently found a woman living in a small room with 300 rats – and there’s not much they can do about it. The 43-year-old woman known as Erica J., or more colorfully as “Rat

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Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

140 New Montgomery is an art deco skyscraper completed in 1925 that was home for the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years. The property recently underwent extensive renovations and

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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

The cost of living is rising at an unprecedented rate in San Francisco, and recent reports show that the city has some of the most expensive housing prices in the nation - but just how high have rents

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Urban Cow Tipping? Smart Cars Overturned by Vandals in San Francisco

Urban Cow Tipping? Smart Cars Overturned by Vandals in San Francisco

What’s a bored city dweller to tip over when there aren't any cows around? Smart cars, of course. The act of tipping Smart cars became notorious after a Facebook page surfaced in 2011 showing Smart

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Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines

Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines

When we first spotted this crazy picture of a Prius driver hitching a free energy ride on San Francisco's MUNI power lines, we couldn't believe it! Equipped with a giant trolley pole, the Franken-Prius

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San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco's Castro district has long been famous for its vibrant LGBT community, its commitment to civil rights, and its fabulous festivals. Last week, a spokeswoman from the Castro/Upper Market

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OMA New York Selected to Build Residential Skyscraper in San Francisco

OMA New York Selected to Build Residential Skyscraper in San Francisco

OMA New York is teaming up with developer Related California to design a 550-foot residential tower in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. Located on a city-owned plot on Folsom Street between First

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WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

Green just became greener. San Francisco-based company, WoodStalk, offers cannabis consumers an all-natural, reusable, sustainable bamboo container to store their cannabis. Similar to reusable grocery

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Billionaire Plans to Spend $100 Million in the 2014 Elections to Advance Climate Change Legislation

Billionaire Plans to Spend $100 Million in the 2014 Elections to Advance Climate Change Legislation

Big money in politics has surfaced in the form of political action committees, undisclosed elite investors, and lobbyists entrenched deep within the system. Billionaire and former hedge fund manager Tom

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David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

Photo by Piper Kujac At just 712 square feet of living space over a 430 square foot workshop, every square inch of the tall thin structure has been optimized for flexibility and efficiency. A whopping

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Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

San Francisco is world-famous for its clam chowder, but a new report from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board threatens to make the city notorious for another, less appetizing kind of soup.

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San Francisco’s Fancy New Clothing Donation Bins to Help Divert Waste from Landfills

San Francisco’s Fancy New Clothing Donation Bins to Help Divert Waste from Landfills

Clothing donation bins are nothing new but San Francisco wants to encourage more drop offs to eliminate unneeded waste in its landfills. In a mission to entice more residents to donate clothes the

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Google Mystery Barge May be Fined Due to Complaints and Lack of Permits

Google Mystery Barge May be Fined Due to Complaints and Lack of Permits

Google has been constructing a mystery barge at an old naval base in the San Francisco Bay for months now. However due to a series of complaints the internet search giant may be forced to move their

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Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

California's severe drought is hitting both human and animal communities hard. While it is easy to see the devastation on land through photographs of parched land and withering crops, the plight of the

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SNEAK PEEK: Check Out Gensler’s New SFO Terminal 3 Before it Opens Tomorrow

SNEAK PEEK: Check Out Gensler’s New SFO Terminal 3 Before it Opens Tomorrow

The newly renovated Terminal 3 at SFO is the inspired work of the same design team behind SFO's LEED Gold Terminal 2. Gensler has created a welcoming, light-filled space to make how we travel more

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California Tries Cloud Seeding to Make Up for Unusually Dry Winter

California Tries Cloud Seeding to Make Up for Unusually Dry Winter

For the second straight year, California has experienced unusually dry winter weather, leading desperate water agencies to try to make up for the shortfall using cloud seeding. By spraying fine particles

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Concrete Ribbons Add Contemporary Twist to Historic Courtyard in San Francisco

Concrete Ribbons Add Contemporary Twist to Historic Courtyard in San Francisco

The courtyard's sculptural and symmetric shape reflects the classical design of the 1932 Arthus Brown building. Concrete paving ribbons curve out from each entrance in the courtyard and partition the

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Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

This past October we brought you a first look at 1 Burrows Pocket Park, a community-driven project launched by Architecture for Humanity, the Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest to

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San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest

San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest

Photo via Shutterstock San Francisco's Board of Supervisors are poised to approve one of the strictest bans on the sale of bottled water in the nation. The ban would extend legislation passed in 2007

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Luminous Saltygloo Pavilion 3D-Printed From Sea Salt!

Luminous Saltygloo Pavilion 3D-Printed From Sea Salt!

Created by Emerging Objects founders, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the Saltygloo is an artistic experiment in using 3D printing technology and additive manufacturing techniques to turn local

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10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or

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HOW TO: Choose a Living Christmas Tree for a Green Holiday Season

HOW TO: Choose a Living Christmas Tree for a Green Holiday Season

Purchase a Tree from a Nursery     Nurseries in most parts of the country sell young pines and fir trees, and the best way to find a tree is to call around to local nurseries and ask

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Global Green’s 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala Wows With “Green Gatsby” Theme

Global Green’s 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala Wows With “Green Gatsby” Theme

The LEED–certified Bently Reserve in San Francisco was the perfect setting for a 'Green Gatsby' theme with its 1920s Beaux Arts detailing, opulent marble floors, and grand staircases flanking each end.

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Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

This updated design of the Golden State Warriors’ new home comes almost three years after Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over the franchise. “Going into this project, we wanted to build a world-class

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The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

A group of researchers at the University of Hawaii has done the math to figure out how soon cities around the world will begin to feel the effects of major climate change - and their findings may shock

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Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

San Francisco's Richard Johnson Design took an aging cottage made of materials salvaged from the 1906 earthquake and transformed it into a gorgeous "urban cabin" that opens up to the outdoors and welcomes

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Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Community-driven urban design just scored a big win in San Francisco with a newly announced public-private investment that will transform an underutilized street into a green pocket park. Architecture for

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Paulett Taggart Architects’ Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Paulett Taggart Architects’ Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Paulett Taggart Architects responded to the need for more natural light in the interior of the home by adding a dramatic full-height exposed stair and a new glass wall at the side of the house, opening up

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CANstruction Sculptures Made from Nearly 30,000 Cans of Food Fight Hunger in San Francisco

CANstruction Sculptures Made from Nearly 30,000 Cans of Food Fight Hunger in San Francisco

This year's CANstruction exhibition was part of the Architecture and the City Festival, and it was displayed in the atrium of the downtown Rincon Center, a popular lunch spot for office workers in San

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John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco has a very mild climate. There are seasons -- it's colder and rainier in the winter, and it's warmest in the spring and fall -- but temperatures fluctuate much less than in other parts of

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