Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Signs of movement

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.

Cities

Here’s what it’s like to ride San Francisco’s $6 private bus

Leap has only one route, wood paneling, and iced coffee for $5. It might also make you queasy. Is this the future of commuting?

Cities

In San Francisco, could hanging your laundry get you evicted?

The owner of a single-room occupancy building in San Francisco's Chinatown takes aim at good old-fashioned clothesline drying.

Cities

Mega-office parks without mega-traffic jams? Dream on, Silicon Valley

The tech giants have ambitious plans for massive new complexes, but they haven't yet figured out smart ways of moving their workforces in and out.

Business & Technology

Why do all office parks look the same?

The office park, which began life as a Cold War refuge and evolved into today's cookie-cutter landscape, finds a new incarnation in Silicon Valley.

Cities

Google’s splashy campus plan aims to rewrite the office park book

The Silicon Valley giant has unveiled eye-catching designs for its new office complex. Also: It wants to build oodles of new housing.

Finally! A bus as pretentious as you are!

Does San Francisco need another private bus? Well, it’s got one.

A new San Francisco service promises to reimagine the horrors of the daily commute by strapping a hipster coffee shop onto a bus chassis.

Food

Where’s the beef? Everywhere.

In a new book, "Cowed," Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes look at the complex and omnipresent place of cows in our culture.

Drag racing

Homobiles, SF’s queer ride service, is the anti-Uber

It might not be the future, but a pay-what-you-can car service for the LGBTQ crowd does show what a real community-based ride service looks like.

Business & Technology

The secret history of the taxi wars

The regulation fights didn't start with Uber. Meet the movers and shakers of the last 100-plus years.