It’s a mellow Friday afternoon in the rugged hills of Oakland. Water trickles in the koi pond on a tree-shaded deck, and a Wheaten terrier chills at our feet. Could this day get any better? Well, there are also six grams of organic cannabis, fresh from a farm in the Emerald Triangle, en route via courier to our front door. An email confirmation says, “We hope it puts a smile on your face.”
As Americans awoke to the real-life dream of marriage equality on Friday, San Francisco's weekend Pride celebration commenced at a fever pitch. People of all stripes, colors, genders, and persuasions came out to show their support and to gawk at the spectacle.
When former mayor Gavin Newsom began marrying LGBT couples at City Hall back in 2004, he ignited the American movement for marriage equality. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court validated the right for all couples, across the nation, to marry the one they love. 7x7 caught up with San Francisco's leaders in the gay community to reflect on this momentous day for civil rights.
Robots have at last made their way into mainstream American life. Or into Bay Area life, anyway, where drones hover above Dolores Park and deliver OTC drugs to your house. Whatever. But this robot...this robot...is something else. This robot can 3D print an honest-to-goodness bridge.
For all its longtime neighborhood shortcomings—take, for example, poor taste (the area's small businesses have names like Hand Job, Slurp, and Spunk) and a serious lack of real food—the Castro is celebrating a new day under the rainbow.
Satirical videos of San Francisco abound. And yeah, they're good for a share and a quick LOL on Facebook. But none are so fabulous, so classic, so quaint, so nostalgic as this video posted today by YouTuber Jeff Altman of his grandfather's 1958 visit to SF. It has loads of landmarks to love, including Chinatown (hey, sailors), curvy Lombard Street in bloom, and a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge in vintage style.
A new exhibition, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History, is the best reason to visit the San Francisco Public Library this May.
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