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Transported: The City's 270 New Smart Parking Meters, Found!

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lines and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

Where to Get Warm (and Vitamin D) Less than 1.5 Hours Away

It's supposedly the coldest San Francisco summer in almost 40 years. That means you can pretty much bet that Outside Lands is going to be one foggy, cold music celebration. While you can warm yourself with the festival's galaxy of food and wine offerings, shivering to Al Green classics under four layers of clothing isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Boxwars 2010 in Dolores Park: It Was a Savage Battle to the End

Battling bitter cold yesterday, the participants in this year's Boxwars Battle really flew those freak flags high, bringing out their inner warriors for an epic battle of cardboard in Dolores Park. 

Filmed on top of that green storage container, you can see a samurai, a giraffe, some sort of car, a robot and bunches of other cardboard warriors savagely duking it out for victory in this video, posted yesterday on Mission Mission. Though it's still nothing compared to what goes on in Europe or Canada, our mini version looks pretty badass.

Before Justin Herman Plaza's Court, Where to Get Your Bocce Ball On in the City

Earlier this week, Curbed reported that Justin Herman Plaza could get two bocce ball courts in the next few years. Hello, new lunchtime activity. 

In the meantime, satisfy your urge to bocce at one of the city's current courts:

Ways to Give Back: SF Chefs 2010, Cleaning Up Lake Merritt & More

Although we write a lot about indulging ourselves in food, drinks and sweets, sometimes it feels even better to do stuff that's good for others. Here are a few ways you can lend a hand in the next couple of weeks to people who really need it.

East Panhandle Water Fountain: The Cleanest in the City?

For those with OCD tendencies (like this author) public drinking fountains are faint-zones. But when the thirst hits, sometimes you just have to suck it up. Now there's an app called OasisPlaces that both finds and rates public drinking fountains. Its rallying cry is for the reusable bottles/tap water cause (the app was created by Thermos), but I think its better application is for the avoidance of typhoid. I kid, I kid, I'm sure all of our public drinking fountains would pass non-OCD health inspections.

Fight or Be Recycled at This Year's Boxwars Battle

Two years ago, a strange phenomenon called Boxwars invaded Dolores Park like a small Roman Army high on LSD. A group of cardboard-clad warriors with all manner of taped-together cardboard weapons swung and stabbed at eachother until one champion was left standing.

Last Chance to Experience Historic Transbay Terminal This Friday

Tomorrow is the last day the public can take tours of the historic Transbay Terminal building before it gets demolished and a new "Grand Central Station-West" structure gets erected in its place. Tours will be given once an hour from 12-4 pm.

Golden Gate Park: A Map of Park Activities

From baseball to boating, dancing to disc golf. GG Park is a players paradise. Click around the map below to find out where to play tennis, roller skate, lawn bowl, boat, swing dance, golf and play baseball.

The Plastiki Makes it to Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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