Nextdoor’s Community

“Social networking site Nextdoor’s lively new San Francisco’s Rincon Center office reflects the aim of the company: bringing back a sense of community to the neighborhood. …Founded in 2010, the company now has 7,322 neighborhood groups; to join, members must verify their address and from there can create a profile, share photos and post comments

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Lighting Retrofits

“Lighting is still the low hanging fruit of energy savings. All four key components of a lighting system — lamps and light sources, luminaires, ballasts, and controls — are rapidly improving technologies that managers and their technicians can use to prevent energy waste related to lighting. Most facilities still have old, outdated lighting systems, but

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DIY Leather Glides

“We’ve all experienced that terrible feeling when you see that first big scratch on a new wood, slate or tile floor after you barely move a new chair. These leather glides hold up much better than the ones that usually come with furniture. Materials and tools: Scrap leather Contact cement Scissors Pen Flat-head screwdriver (for

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Sofa 101

“Quality sofas should feel solid and heavy. Flop around on one to test its sturdiness, then lift it up by the corner and shake it a bit. If it feels light or wobbly, take a pass. Look for a frame made from a kiln-dried hardwood such as oak, alder, birch, maple or, alternatively, high-quality hardwood

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Parklets & Pedestrian Safety

“Parklets create much needed open, public spaces and offer aesthetic and rest benefits for pedestrians, as well as economic and social benefits for communities at large. But parklets also function as one example of a set of streetscape design elements that can calm, or slow traffic. Parklets, bulb-outs, greening on sidewalks and in medians, well-marked

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South San Francisco Ferry Service

I had no idea…”Launched a year ago, it’s a service off to a slow start, averaging 225 riders a day. MTC officials say it has two years to more than triple ridership or face extinction. On the 8:10 trip back to South City, there were 37 passengers, about half of whom were Genentech workers. A

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Passive Energy to Save on Energy Costs

“Capturing passive energy such as light and warmth from the sun is important in addressing the rising costs of energy, the depletion of finite resources and the projected long-term effects of carbon emissions. Using the sun to light a home is one strategy; others worth considering include passive cooling and ventilation. Living without air conditioning

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Fun Workspace Accessory Finds

Some fun accessories for your workspace.  Check these out: Concrete Magnets: Cinderblocks get a cheeky update when transformed into small concrete magnets by CB2, $12 for a set of four. Vintage Metal Boxes:  These old school vintage metal boxes by Present and Correct lock together to work as darling drawer units for your desktop, $22. David

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Keeping Your Employees Engaged

“Over the past year, Gallup researchers interviewed nearly 150,000 workers–people in all states and industries–and discovered that a stunning number are miserable in their jobs. More specifically, only 30% of the nation’s working population today admits to being fully engaged at work. While Gallup encouragingly notes that there’s been a slight improvement to engagement since...

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Versatile Bamboo

“Bamboo is an incredibly strong and durable wood. In some parts of Asia, it’s used for sturdy scaffolding. Bamboo is durable and resistant to insects and moisture. Timber bamboo can be grown successfully in the southern United States. Bamboo grows quickly, can be harshly cut back with quick regrowth and is an evergreen plant —

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Moving MOMA

“29,600: artworks to be moved (including more than 7,500 paintings and sculptures, 170 media works, and 16,000 photos). $10 million: approximate cost to build a new fire station on Folsom Street, after razing the one on Howard Street to make room for the museum’s expansion. 60: workers required to remove Gu Wenda’s united nations—babel of the millennium,

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