Rai Sue Sussman

5:02pm

Wed September 25, 2013

3:28pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Mt. Sutro's eucalyptus trees raise question of how to manage urban forests

Mt. Sutro's eucalyptus forest
Rai Sue Sussman

On a rare sunny morning on San Francisco’s Mt. Sutro, I went on a hike with Rupa Bose, webmaster of an organization called Save Sutro. Bose lives in the Forest Knolls neighborhood abutting the eucalyptus forest. Though she’s lived in the neighborhood for longer, she started exploring the forest a few years ago.

Bose told me that “it was a shock to me that you could come out of a very ordinary San Francisco neighborhood, with houses and cars and step into this forest. It has birds and the wind in the trees. . . It doesn't feel like being in the city at all, it’s simply gorgeous.”

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3:57pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

How do we define wilderness?

Drakes Estero
Casey Miner

If someone told you they wanted to open a commercial business in a national park, your answer might be obvious—Who wants a McDonalds when you’re out in nature? But it can be more complicated than that.

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4:20pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Arts & Culture

A 49ers Fan since '46

Mart Bailey, in her 49ers gear
Rai Sue Sussman

The San Francisco 49ers are playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. (You might already know that.) It’s their sixth visit, but their first since 1994. The media has been covering the event like crazy, just like they do every year, so we were looking for a new angle … and we found something … old. Actually, someone.

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7:12pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Transportation

How to pick the right lane in Golden Gate Park

Courtesy of SFMTA Livable Streets

The streets of San Francisco are changing. There are separated bike lanes on Market Street. There’s green paint all over the Wiggle. The city is definitely becoming more bicycle-friendly.

After many delays, the city’s bike plan is taking effect, with city streets long-designed for car traffic being reconfigured for other modes of transportation. Four years ago the city had 45 miles of bike lanes. Today there are 65 and more are scheduled to be laid down. Plus, 75 more miles of streets will be stenciled with symbols designating them as bike-friendly routes. It’s all having a big impact.

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