A directory of bay area community sites and bloggers

Ad Astra Per Aspera

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common -- this is my symphony. - William Henry Channing

Alemany Farm

Alemany Farm is a 4.5 acre working organic farm in southeastern San Francisco. The Farm is collaboratively managed by volunteers, San Francisco city officials, and residents of the Alemany community. Friends of Alemany Farm (FoAF) is a volunteer-managed project sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust. We are dedicated to working hand-in-hand with the surrounding community to increase food security and support environmental education for all San Francisco residents. FoAF oversees organic food production at the site, offers workshops and educational courses, coordinates the volunteer efforts, manages a free neighborhood produce delivery, and hosts field trips for children and adults.

All City

All City is all about photography – specifically San Francisco urban photography – with an occasional photo from other parts of the earth (and someday beyond!). But what truly binds us together is San Francisco proper and its many personalities, from tourist kitsch to ocean beaches, soaring skylines to urban decay. We hope that you will join us — and our friends — as we travel around the city and shed light on its many corners.

All Shook Down

SF Weekly's art, music and culture blog.

Beatmixed

Matt Hite is a San Francisco bay area based DJ and remixer. His work has been featured on albums and compilations including The Best Mashups in the World Ever Are From San Francisco Pt. 1 and 2, Razormaid, and Portishead Remixed. Radio mix shows across the globe have also showcased his productions, including OUIFM, DC101, Live 105, KWOD 106, and SIRIUS satellite radio. He occasionally finds his way into print, including the UK’s Guardian, Now Playing Magazine, and San Francisco Magazine. Matt has also been sighted performing behind the decks at events such as Kinky Salon, Bootie, Pop Roxx, and New Wave City. Beatmixed is his blog which covers remix culture and showcases his own work as a mashup artist and producer.

Berkeley Afoot

Walking can be a form of transportation, a means of meditation or exercise, or a great way to explore a community. Writer/photographer Keith Skinner offers intimate glimpses of Berkeley life, in word and image, as well as reflections on the joys and challenges of a modern urban walker.

Beyond Chron

Welcome to Beyond Chron, the Voice of the Rest. We provide coverage of political and cultural issues often distorted or ignored by the Bay Area's largest newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle. Beyond Chron presents a critical look at the cutting edge issues of the day. Beyond Chron is published by the San Francisco-based Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Clinic Director Randy Shaw is the paper's editor. Shaw is a longtime San Francisco activist who has published three books on activism, The Activist's Handbook, Reclaiming America, and his new work, Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. The University of California Press published all three books. Paul Hogarth is Beyond Chron's managing editor. Hogarth is an activist and attorney who has been both a college journalist and a former elected official in Berkeley.

Burrito Justice

Burritos, taco trucks, The Mission, technology, Macs, iPhones, Canada — so much to discuss.

Christine Sculati's blog

In this blog I highlight ideas, news and resources for nonprofit and community innovation. I feature examples of nonprofits, socially-responsible businesses and individuals driven by a vision for positive change in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Cooking With Amy

Hi! I'm Amy Sherman, a San Francisco–based cookbook author, food writer and recipe developer. I launched the blog, Cooking with Amy, in 2003. Not long after it was chosen one of the top five food blogs by Forbes and also singled out by The Guardian (UK) as a top food blog. It has received over 2 million visits. On the blog I offer original recipes, reviews, commentary, news and culinary travel information. I hope you enjoy visiting as much as I enjoy writing and sharing my discoveries. I am honored that my blog is listed as a “Site we Love” by Saveur, linked to as a favorite by Cooking Light, Epicurious, Good Housekeeping and Redbook among others and was “blog of the day” on the Julie & Julia movie web site. I write for various magazines, including Cheers, where I write about food and beverage pairing. I also write about trends and culinary travel for Epicurious, write restaurant reviews for SF Station (a local city guide) and was a weekly contributor at KQED’s food blog, Bay Area Bites for over five years. I was also contributing editor at Glam and wine and spirits writer at Project Foodie. I am the author of Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers and Wine Passport: Portugal (SmartsCo) and wrote the introduction to a recent reprint of the classic Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book.

Curbed SF

In San Francisco, it all comes back to our neighborhoods: where we live, where we work, where we eat, and where we play. First launched in 2006, Curbed has been at the center of the virtual city, covering real estate sales, rental prices, and news-making deals. We also track the newest developments in architecture and design while keeping up with the hottest restaurants, via our sister site Eater SF, and the latest neighborhood gossip—it's all on Curbed, because this is where you live. Curbed SF is the third of the Curbed sites, which also include Curbed NY and Curbed LA, and part of the Curbed Network, a collection of neighborhood blogs. Our other sites are the restaurant blog Eater, the retail and fashion blog Racked and, during the summer season, The Beach, which covers the Hamptons.

Disinformation Rehab

Debunking politicos, spin, and propaganda since 2003.

Eater SF

Eater is the source for people who care about dining and drinking in the nation's most important food cities. A favorite of industry pros and amateurs alike, Eater has an uncanny knack for finding out what's opening where, who's serving what, and how it's all going down. Since its launch in New York in 2005, Eater has opened its doors in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland OR, and Miami. And Eater National brings Eater's signature coverage to parts far and wide, with beefed-up reporting on celebrity chefs, reality TV, and national dining trends.

Greenerati

Blog about green real estate and lifestyle in San Francisco. Provides updates about local green events, film screenings, and meetings.

Grub Street San Francisco

Grub Street covers the San Francisco restaurant and dining scene with news about openings, closings, chefs, food trends, and more.

I Live Here: SF

i live here:SF is an open invitation to San Francisco residents to enjoy and participate in, sharing many facets of life in this city with each other and the world at large. The project was also featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. Julie Michelle is one of the founding members of the photographic collective CALIBER. Her website is femmefotographie.com. Her writing and personal blog is julieliveshere.com. Julie is also the photographer for the band Magic Christian.

Inside San Francisco Real Estate

Tips, trends and insights on San Francisco real estate from the trenches. A great blog for buyers and sellers who appreciate a dose of transparency in their real estate information. Blogger Eileen Bermingham has been in residential real estate sales for the past 7+ years, and has plenty to say about it.

Inside Scoop SF

Inside Scoop SF is a one-stop source for the latest restaurant coverage in the Bay Area and beyond. Here\'s where you’ll find real-time reporting on restaurant openings, juicy chef buzz, hot-button dining issues and more, updated throughout the day. In the Voices section, prestigious food folks share insights and expertise. San Francisco Chronicle critic Michael Bauer offers candid thoughts in his Between Meals blog, and wine editor Jon Bonne writes about all things related to beverages.

LivinintheLoin

livinintheloin is: a) a tree hugger b) an activist / volunteer in The Tenderloin c) a cartoon character d) car-free e) On the NOM/TCBD Board f) All of the above Basically, a regular guy that’s been in the area for about a decade, in SF for 6 years. Last summer, ‘07, I bought a condo in the Tenderloin — the American dream. From the perspective of a guy who had actually only been downtown a few times — the “dream” was initially more like a psycho-nightmare. Uh, what is that smell? Look at that, a guy using a car mirror to inject (I dunno) into his neck.

Mission Loc@l

Mission Loc@l believes that by covering a neighborhood fairly and thoroughly, we can build community and a sustainable model for quality journalism. As part of that effort, we seek collaboration and experimentation that will serve the community we cover and journalism. In the Mission District that means being a bilingual site and using print, multimedia and video to deliver information that offers diverse residents a way to connect and stay informed. The site launched in October 2008, opened an office in the Mission District in January and many of us are Mission residents. The project is part of an initiative in hyper-local coverage developed by UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and supported by the school, the Ford Foundation and other donors. Our aim is to become a self-sustaining model for public private partnerships that involve journalism schools, private foundations and community supporters. This summer’s staff includes five interns from UC Berkeley, one intern from SF State and a visiting scholar from Mexico. We also participate in collaborations to mentor young journalists.

Mission Mission

Saluting San Francisco's Mission District. Quote from the SF Bay Guardian: "Politics! Culture! Real-time crime reports! Drunken hipsters! Whether you want to immerse yourself in the gory and dramatic details of the proposed American Apparel store, suss out the latest renegade Sparks-and-empanada-flavored ice cream food cart location, revel in random pics of burnt mattresses on the sidewalk, or mock the Ritual Roasters laptop rodeo, of course you turn to the Mission Mission blog, our one-click West Coast answer to Brooklyn Vegan, Hipster Runoff, and Lookbook. "

Muni Diairies

Muni Diaries is a place to share and read rider tales and news about the sometimes crappy, sometimes efficient, but essential public-transit system of San Francisco. Saw something hilarious on a ride? Grossed out by bad Muni etiquette? Checked out the same hot thang on the bus every day this week and didn’t get up the nerve to smile? The idea is: If you have something to say about a ride, about a route, or even about politics surrounding public transit in the city, Muni Diaries is your forum to let the world know.

N-Judah Chronicles

I run the popular "N Judah Chronicles" website, where I write about San Francisco urban life from the perspective of a daily MUNI rider. The blog was voted by San Franciscans as "Best Local Blog" in 2008, and has received recognition locally since 2005.

Niners Nation

A blog that provides the latest updates about 49ers football. Highlights, game analysis, and stats right at your fingertips. Hardcore fans even have the opportunity to post their own thoughts about the latest games in the "fanposts" section.

Noe Valley SF

A hyper-local guide to Noe Valley ... with attitude.

Queer Things to Do in the SF Bay Area

What I list is basically events that I'm interested in. It's not a complete list of gay-related events in San Francisco, nor are all these events strictly about promoting the homosexual agenda, whatever that is. I tend to list events that are about people creating local, direct live entertainment, especially as related to spoken word, rock, hip-hop, and electronic music, art events, and so on. While I like to get email about events, I can't promise to list everything in this calendar that I'm told about. I prefer to publicize events that are gender-inclusive for attendees.

Richmond SF Blog

Welcome to the blog for the Richmond District of San Francisco. Managed by several residents of the Richmond District, the blog is designed to be a source for information, events and news about the neighborhood. Have an event coming up, a new restaurant or business opening, an idea for a story or something else you want to tell us about? Send us a note with all the details. We hope you enjoy the blog as much as we enjoy our Richmond District neighborhood. :)

San Francisco Citizen

A comprehensive blog about events, random sightings, and news in SF. It may seem disjointed, but this mismatch of stories, pictures and ramblings is a true reflection of SF life.

San Francisco FYI Net

Calendar of political events for San Francisco.

San Francisco Metblog

San Francisco bloggers post daily events and news. Metroblogging started off as a more locally focused alternative news source in Los Angeles and has turned into the largest and fastest growing network of city-specific blogs on the Web. We got sick of reading local news that was syndicated from the other side of the country, or was just repurposed national chit chat that had nothing to do with our city. We created our first blog as a throw back to the days when a local news paper focused on local issues, and you could walk down to the corner coffee shop and chat up the reporters whose column you read earlier that day. This idea didn’t stay in one city for long and before we knew it there were Metblogs in Chicago, Portland, Karachi, and Vienna. Today there are over 50 Metblogs in countries all over the world. Local politics, event reviews, lunch recommendations and ways to avoid that big traffic jam downtown. If it’s happening in our cities, we’re on it.

San Francisco Symphony

A blog from the San Francisco Symphony that provides updates about their concerts, musical analysis and famous musicians.

Say Hey: A Bay Area Sports Blog

Say Hey is a celebration of sports, specifically those dealing with Bay Area teams, including but not limited to the Giants, A’s, Niners, Warriors and Sharks. We’ll post and update often and meticulously, with daily roundups of your favorite teams, interesting video clips and maybe even a “joke” or two mixed in the posts.

SF Bay Daily Photo

Louis la Vache Views of an American with French ancestry about France - and the San Francisco Bay Area. Clic sur l'image pour l'agrandir

SF Civic Center

San Francisco as seen through the Civic Center neighborhood: its politics, arts and characters.

SF Gate Politics Blog

With more than 12 million unique visitors per month as audited by the ABC, SFGate is the leading news and information Web site for the San Francisco Bay Area. Reflecting the diverse spirit of the region, SFGate delivers the most up to the minute stories, in-depth special reports, unbeatable local sports coverage, the best regional listings and cutting edge entertainment coverage. SFGate is home to the San Francisco Chronicle, plus Web-only features by SFGateÕs own editorial team - the Bay Area by the people who know it best

SF Girl by Bay

SFGIRLBYBAY is known for representing ‘bohemian modern style’ and for showcasing the freshest designers, artists, products and trends. averaging 2-3 new posts a day, sfgirlbybay provides 20,000+ daily readers with shopping finds; behind the scenes interviews and home/studio virtual tours of up-and-coming artists; design/art event coverage; all the while offering affordable design inspiration and ideas, and encouraging individuality and unique, personal style. a fixture in the design blog community, sfgirlbybay has been an online favorite of independent design since 2006.

SF New Tech

SF New Tech is the Bay Area’s largest, longest-running, and most-loved monthly technology event and networking mixer for people who can’t get enough of technology. It’s made possible thanks to Myles Weissleder (Founder, Producer & Host) , Matthew M. Gonzales (Deputy of Propaganda), and Amy Higgins (Social Maven).

SF Scene

Wanna know what's what in the San Francisco dance scene? Upcoming events, reviews, mix downloads and scenester gossip from the jaded gay DJ.

SF Style

SFS is curated by Dyanna Dawson and John Tran. SFS is an acronym for 'street fashion style'. We use it as a practical abbreviation of our blog's official name: SFStyle. John Tran was born and raised in the Bay Area. He founded SFS in 2008 to utilize his talent and passion for art, fashion, and photography. He has worked with NBC Bay Area and 7x7 Magazine--and also contributed to Soma Magazine. His interests outside SFS include: perusing dusty bookstores, keeping freshwater aquariums, and consuming Indian cuisine. He has gone by the blogger nickname, 'JT Paradox' which also happens to be his eponymous photography blog.

SFBG Politics Blog

Sfbg.com is one of the longest-running news-focused web sites. Our searchable archives go back to January 1995, and feature over 50,000 pages and files. Over the years we've expanded our coverage and our reach, focusing on the debate over public power, the string of wars in the Middle East, and our annual nude beach pages. We regularly cover all aspects of art, culture, and entertainment, with our Lit, Noise, Club, gift, and event guides.

SFGate Culture Blog

Here we go -- from our home at 5th & Mission in San Francisco, The Chronicle and SFGate.com present the Culture Blog. Written by a group of columnists, reporters and editors from both the newspaper and Web site (see Bios), we'll be posting daily items -- newsy, opinionated, critical or simply silly -- on our various arts, culture, media, and Web-related interests and obsessions. Input from you, our readers, is all important, and very soon you'll be able to post your comments directly to the Culture Blog. You can also email us your tips and comments directly. Email addresses for each author appear on every post and on the Bios page, or contact us at cultureblog@sfgate.com. If you write to recommend a blog or other online source, make sure to include the complete URL and a note explaining your recommendation. A note about group blogs (known also as collaborative blogs): we like them. Inspirations for Culture Blog include pioneering sites such as Boing Boing, MetaFilter, and in the world of mainstream journalism, Guardian Online's venerable Newsblog, started back in 2001. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/culture/about#ixzz0Sc7nITHN

SFist

Launched in August of 2004, SFist is the most popular local blog in the Bay Area. It has posts ranging from in-depth features to insightful interviews, to bona-fide scoops. Its staff is as eclectic as the city they love. SFist has been mentioned by the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, and several local media outlets. It was named the Best Local Blog by SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. SF Weekly said the site is "so distracting that it keeps us from doing any work," and that the site has its "nose in just about every nook and cranny of San Francisco." The Guardian said that SFist was "blog heaven" for their readers and the Chronicle is thankful for SFist and its "constant flow of information." San Francisco magazine readers picked the site as the Best Bay Area Blog.

SFoodie

SF Weekly's food blog.

Socket Site

We currently see across the board weakness in San Francisco’s residential real estate market throughout 2009 as economic woes compound the impact of tighter credit markets and a shift in market psychology. Downturns in residential real estate have traditionally been triggered by a downturn in either the local or national economy. The reality which we’ve foreshadowed for quite some time is that the majority of the current market weakness in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond has been driven by a contraction in the credit markets (the deflation of a credit bubble) and a recent shift in market psychology (the deflation of a speculative bubble). The real impact of a weakening economy is yet to come. With an economy that generally lags the financial markets by nine to twelve months, the full brunt of October’s melt-down won’t be felt for at least another six months. And we expect to see continued weakness in both consumer and corporate spending over at least the next couple of quarters which will further depress corporate earnings and likely lead to additional layoffs and stoke the real real estate killer, unemployment. With no discernable recovery in sight, we expect the financial market’s destruction of wealth both real (investments) and potential (options) to continue to drag down the San Francisco residential market throughout 2009, and to weigh particularly heavy on the luxury market.

Spots Unkown

This site aims to explore and infiltrate histories forgotten and places unfound in the greatest American city. Those who live in San Francisco know that it has a rich history, from the original Ohlone inhabitants, to the Gold Rush, to the quake of '06, and into the modern era. It is a small city, a dense collection of hills and neighborhoods, parks and populations. It's a challenge, even for those of us who've lived here a decade or more, to fully expose ourselves to it. There are spots that remain hidden, and even the spots that we've seen and experienced are often not fully known.

Streetsblog San Francisco

Streetsblog is a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities. Since 2006, Streetsblog has covered the movement to transform our cities by reducing dependence on private automobiles and improving conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. Our reporters have broken important stories about transit funding, pedestrian safety, and bicycle policy from day one. And our writing makes arcane topics like parking prices and induced traffic accessible to a broad audience.

The Front Steps

With over 400,000 unique readers annually, and more than 25,000 comments to date, theFrontSteps, is one of the most popular real estate blogs in San Francisco. You are not alone when reading or participating in this site, and your presence is felt and welcomed. theFrontSteps is written primarily by me, Alexander Clark. I am, in fact, an active, licensed real estate agent in San Francisco (license #01339386), and I’d be thrilled to represent you on your home purchase or sale. If you’ve already browsed this site, you’ll see I know considerably more about San Francisco’s market than most agents, and I’m not your typical “Realtor”. I’d be honored to put my expertise to work for you, and I can guarantee it will be a pleasurable experience.

The Giants Baseball Blog

A blog that keeps track of Giants games and rankings. Provides updates on new players and stats, with a steady stream of game analysis.

The Insider

The Insider writes musings on the juicier side of San Mateo County politics. Re-read and comment on the tidbits you see in the Insider’s column, which appears every Saturday in the print edition of the San Mateo County Times. And better yet, log on throughout the week for exclusive juicy items that won’t appear in the paper. More county juice, more often. Mmmmmm…

The SF K Files

The SF K Files is a place for parents who are seeking a kindergarten in San Francisco. The site offers up reviews of public, private, and parochial schools, as well as lots of advice and opinions from the community of parents who frequent the blog.

The Snitch

SF Weekly's news, politics and opinion blog.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects has been a source for San Francisco political junkies since 1995. Originally a blast fax, discussing potential and real candidates for various offices in San Francisco, it evolved into a mass email and then a web site over the next couple years. The site’s name came from Claude Rains’ immortal line in the movie Casablanca - “Round up the usual suspects.” San Francisco’s political intrigues occasionally remind some people of the complex and mysterious world of Casablanca, and we felt it would be a nice tribute to link our town to the movie.

Transbay Blog

This blog will attempt to chronicle the efforts in the Bay Area to improve public transit service and to embrace more sustainable growth patterns. The reason for choosing the name “Transbay” is hopefully not so mysterious. The still-evolving plans concerning the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco are shaping up to be the single most important transit project in the Bay Area. The current bus terminal at 1st and Mission Streets is aged and depressing, but in time, it will be transformed into the “Grand Central Station of the West”, an important hub combining BART, Caltrain, Muni, and various regional bus agencies — hopefully even California High Speed Rail — all in one place. Capping it all off will be a new mixed use highrise district that may form the new focal point to the downtown area, in addition to containing the Bay Area’s tallest skyscrapers. Since this district is centered on the Transbay Terminal, these plans represent the most ambitious example of transit-oriented development in the Bay Area. (Please note, however, that this blog is no way affiliated with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority or any other agency working on the Transbay Terminal project.)

Vegansaurus

Vegansaurus is a vegan eating/living guide to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is definitive/arbitrary.

Vinography

Vinography began on January 15th, 2004 as a personal project for founder and editor Alder Yarrow. The site is now a respected source for non-mainstream wine writing, and one of the most influential wine blogs on the Internet. Featuring wine and sake reviews, restaurant reviews, editorials, book reviews, wine news, and wine event coverage, Vinography publishes new content daily to a global readership. The site's contributors work hard to create an alternative to the traditional sources and styles of wine journalism, partially through its emphasis on the stories, the people, and the passion behind wine, all told from a decidedly down-to-earth perspective.

Yummy SF

Hi there! My name is Fanny, food writer at YummySF.com. This food blog started in 2007, after my first trip to the Winter Fancy Food Show. YummySF was a way to share my discoveries of healthy, unique, and delicious natural food products as well as favorite recipes and restaurants. In San Francisco, you can find a rich culture of restaurants that cater to vegans and raw foodists as well as almost any ethnic food you can imagine. That’s one of the reasons why San Francisco is a top destination for tourists from around the world. Whether you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or you want to visit our beautiful city, check out YummySF for my latest food adventures.
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