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.

I'm in town. Got an inhaler. Wanna hang? G2G, Smog

The smog that texted me

A new Sierra Club service will message you when the air gets really bad in your area.

Food

Can zippy startup ideas and code speed local food to urban plates?

San Francisco's Good Eggs is taking another run at the dream of using apps and the internet to change the way we buy food for the better.

Food

How the Bay Area’s last slaughterhouse dodged the axe

You want local meat? You're gonna need a local slaughterhouse. It took a tanking economy and a massive beef recall to save the last such outfit in the Bay Area.

Cities

L.A. just called. It says go find another dystopia.

Los Angeles has a new master plan that sets ambitious goals for a more sustainable urban future -- and puts the kibosh on grassy lawns.

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.