Posts Tagged 'San Francisco'

A Map of Air Travel in 1929

Flying across the country is a whole lot easier than it used to be. Today you can spend a few hundred bucks to get a non-stop flight from New York to San Francisco and you can get there in about 6 hours. Back in the twenties though that whole long-distance air travel thing was a lot more complicated. Even though great advances in aviation were made during that decade like Charles Lindburgh’s first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the advent of in-flight entertainment, flying was still quite new, dangerous, and lacked much of the infrastructure that airlines heavily rely on today.

The David Rumsey map collection has an incredible flight map of America from 1929 and it shows you how difficult it would be to cross our country as quickly as possible back then. A trip from New York to San Francisco back then would require several train rides over hundreds of miles and layovers at fourteen different airports. Even though back then there were planes like The Spirit of St. Louis that were able to fly over 3000 non-stop miles, those planes were only designed to hold one or two people. The earliest passenger planes of that era had to carry far more people and weight and therefore had a much shorter range. It really is amazing how quickly commercial aviation has advanced to the point where almost anyone can hop on a plane and cross a continent or an ocean in the course of a few hours. It is something that our ancestors would be quite envious of.

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An Interactive Map of San Francisco… in 1859

Few people know this but the United States once had an emperor. Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico reigned from his seat of power in San Francisco between 1859 and 1880. In reality he was an English businessman who moved to California seeking fortune only to lose all of his money and kind of went crazy as a result. After declaring himself Emperor and publicly demanding the American government submit to his rule he became a local celebrity in San Francisco and was treated like royalty by most of the city though no one with any real power would actually listen to him. His lasting legacy was his repeated decrees that a bridge be built across San Francisco Bay. About 50 years after he died completely penniless the Golden Gate Bridge was built and today there is even a political effort to rename the bridge after Norton.

The Smithsonian has a great interactive map of San Francisco in 1859 when Norton began his reign compared to a satellite image of the city today. Back then it was the largest city in California but only about 56,000 people lived there which was tiny compared to the bigger cities back east. Most of what is now urban San Francisco was either wilderness or farmland back then. The other really shocking thing I found about that map was just how much people built over bodies of water. There was a creek that emptied out into a cove in the Bay back then but today that creek is underground and that cove is filled in completely. Looking back at these maps makes me marvel about just how quickly our cities got built up.

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Norton’s imperial capital then and now.

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America’s Ten Most Energy Efficient Cities

When it comes to going green and adopting alternative energy sources, increasing energy efficiency is incredibly important. After all the cheapest and cleanest unit of energy is one that isn’t used in the first place. The challenge with energy efficiency is more of a financial one. Upgrading buildings and infrastructure to be energy efficient is something that is usually pretty expensive in the short term but pays off over a longer time horizon and that’s a tough call when you have government offices up for election every two years in some cases. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recently put together a report where they listed the country’s 34 biggest cities in order of energy efficiency. The factors that they considered were local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies, and transportation policies. What follows is a list of the top ten most energy efficient big cities in the country:

1. Boston, MA
2. Portland, OR
3. New York City, NY
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Seattle, WA
6. Austin, TX
7. Washington, DC
8. Minneapolis, MN
9. Chicago, IL
10. Philadelphia, PA


Red Sox Nation doesn’t waste electricity.

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Coffee Shop Squatting

What immediately comes to mind when you think of Starbucks? For me it’s good but expensive coffee and a free wifi hotspot. The free wifi amenity that Starbucks is quite famous for has transformed the industry completely to the point where many of their local competitors now offer the same thing. Thanks to Starbucks, most local coffee shops you come across will have free wifi for you to use as you please. But like any new and innovative practice, the law of unintended consequences is destined to give you new problems you never quite anticipated. One such issue for local coffee shops are customers who treat their coffee shop as their office without the rent and with free internet.

The benefit of a shop providing free wifi is that customers will be more likely to stay longer, spend more money during their stay, and be more likely to be repeat customers. The downside is that the shop only has a finite amount of seating for customers when they have more customers than seats. In these cases the people linger on their laptops an hour after their initial purchase is crowding out the tech-free customer that just wants to buy and drink their drink and then leave when they’re done.

One locally owned coffee shop in San Francisco seems to have solved that issue with some creative thinking. During the store’s busiest hours, about one third of the shop’s seating is reserved for people without computers and come with a 30 minute time limit. Laptop-wielding patrons still have plenty of room to peck away for free but customers like myself who don’t stay as long can have a place to sit down too. It’s very much the same philosophy as the express line in grocery stores (that always seem to be used by people who can’t count to ten). The end result has been that the shop’s sales have increased about 15 to 20 percent since the policy was implemented. It may be a very new first world problem but I love seeing the creative ways of how we solve the new and unanticipated problems we face.

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The Hyperloop: LA to San Francisco in 30 Minutes

The real-life Tony Stark has done it again. Elon Musk, whose successful ventures include Pay Pal, Tesla, and SpaceX, revealed a very detailed plan for an 800 mph public transit system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. At those speeds, the 380 mile trip would take about 30 minutes compared to a 2 hour flight and between a 6 and 8 hour drive depending on traffic. The estimated costs of such a system would be between $6 billion and $8 billion and be twice as fast as California’s $70 billion high speed rail project currently under construction. Unfortunately, these blueprints were only that, blueprints. There is no plan on the part of Musk or the state of California to actually turn this into a reality. Still, I love big ideas like this. If in 1995 someone said that 15 years later most of America would have a pocket-sized computer that is faster than the fastest supercomputer in 1995, he would be laughed out of the room. But now such an idea is reality. The same thing goes with the hyperloop. This ambitious plan is doing what was previously thought to be impossible and would improve most of our lives. Now all we have to do is do it.

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Ten Best Cities For Recent College Graduates

There are plenty of people who are fresh out of college today many of whom face a difficult job market. That being said, there are certain parts of the country where it is easier to be a fresh grad than others. Nerdwallet recently put together a list of what they feel are the top ten cities in America to be a recent college graduate. The factors that they consider are conventional measures like the availability of jobs in the local economy, the city’s population of people ages 18-24, the median rent for an apartment, the city’s walk score. They also consider more unusual measures like the number of bars per capita, the cost of a 12 inch pizza at Pizza Hut, and the price of a six-pack of Heineken. What follows is their top ten list:

10. San Francisco, CA
9. Chicago, IL
8. Austin, TX
7. Columbus, OH
6. Washington, DC
5. Philadelphia, PA
4. Baltimore, MD
3. Denver, CO
2. Seattle, WA
1. Boston, MA


The many sights of Boston

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Best French Fries in the United States

Come on admit it, there is nothing better than a crispy, golden brown, salted French fry. Right?

CNN Travel‘s article, lists where to get the “Best French fries in the United States.”

1. Boise Fry Company, Idaho: Their slogan is “Burgers on the Side” and with Idaho being known for their potatoes, this place was destined to have killer fries. Customers can choose from six varieties of potato, then the cut, then the dressing. What could be better than a fry customized to your craving?!

2. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, NYC:This hip place is known for their thrice-cooked chips. Long, medium-thick slices of Idaho russet potatoes are first boiled, then fried twice in a sunflower/canola oil blend. Then they get a pinch of salt. Try them with the restaurant’s Cuban mayo.

3. The Original Hot Dog Shop, Pittsburgh:Known for dishing out fries piled a mile high, The Original Hot Dog Shop makes their fries using hand-cut, and peeled Idaho potatoes which are friend twice in peanut oil. Served perfectly golden and crunch on a cafeteria tray, this place will bring back the nostalgia of the good old days.

4. Duckfat, Maine:Duckfat uses locally grown potatoes for their famous fries which are fried twice in duck fat allowing the outside to get super crisp while the inside remains tender. Served in a paper cone alongside specially made dips like mussel mayo and chopped egg and caper mayo, these fries are unusually made but delicious.

5. Jasper’s Corner Tap, San Francisco: With a menu devoted specifically to fries, this place has to be a winner! Choose your fry, thin, thick, or sweet potato, then your seasoning. Folks say that the smoked cheese fondue that is served as a side for dipping is “to die for.”

6. Pike Street Fish, Seattle: Known for Seattle’s best fish and chips, this place serves hand-sliced fries that are fried to “perfection,” along with delectable dipping sauces. The tangy chili mayo is a favorite. Even better, fries are FREE every third Friday of the month from 5PM to 7PM.

7. The Green Room, South Carolina: The Chef here, Patrick Long, specializes in Parmesan truffle fries, shoestring cut, and immediately tossed in truffle oil after being taken from the fryer. He then finishes them with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

8. Bourbon Steak, Miami: Celeb chef Michael Mina offers mid-thick cuts of potato that are dunked in duck fat for the ultimate flavor and crispiness. An order covers three seasonings and sauce combos including rosemary herb with spicy ketchup, onion-dusted with sour cream sauce, and smoked paprika with smoked BBQ sauce. YUM!

9. Jonesy’s EatBar, Denver: Continually voted as Denver’s best fries, these thick-cut, extra crispy spuds are out of this world. They also come in four “World Famous” and original varieties like Buffalo (loaded in wing sauve and blue cheese crumbles with a side of dressing) and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

10. Thrasher’s, Maryland: Simply put, these are the ultimate “Boardwalk Fry.” These hand-cut fries are freid in peanut oil with the skins still on and served with salk & vineagar in a big bucket. The smallest bucket is 16oz and the largest weighs in at 53oz!

Bourbon Steak, Miami

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America’s 50 Best Cities

Businessweek.com has published their 2nd annual list of America’s 50 Best Cities.  100 of the country’s largest cities were evaluated based on leisure attributes (the number of restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, professional sports teams, and park acres by population); educational attributes (public school performance, the number of colleges, and graduate degree holders), economic factors (2011 income and June and July 2012 unemployment), crime, and air quality. The greatest weighting was placed on leisure amenities, followed by educational metrics and economic metrics, and then crime and air quality. San Francisco, CA topped the list, followed by Los Angeles, CA and Anchorage, AK.

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Developers seek to legalize tiny apartments in San Francisco

Sfpublicpress.org reports Developers seek to legalize tiny apartments in San Francisco, citing soaring rents. The plan is to reduce the minimum living space in apartments from the current 220 square feet to just 150. The move could lead to more residential development in a city where the vacancy rate is close to zero. But skeptics say that if private developers can squeeze more rent from each square foot, builders of affordable-housing could be priced out of the real estate market.

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Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary

Sunday, May 27th was Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary. Thousands of people flocked to San Francisco’s waterfront and onto Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate the famous span’s 75th birthday. To celebrate, a number of events were held, stretching from Fort Point south of the bridge to Pier 39 along The Embarcadero. An 18 minute-long fireworks show capped the celebration at night. Since it opened in 1937, more than two-billion vehicles have crossed the 1.7-mile-long bridge.

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