San Francisco is kicking off the year on strong economic footing with employment outpacing much of the nation and the lowest projected municipal budget shortfall in five years. The America’s Cup, the opening of the new waterfront location for the Exploratorium, and several other events and developments will further boost the local economy as the year progresses. Read More
The Sound Column is gone, but the Tactile Dome will live on.
Since 1969, visits to the Exploratorium — the hands-on museum of experience at the Palace of Fine Arts — have been a rite of passage for schoolchildren in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. That ended Wednesday, as more than 5,000 visitors hummed, whirred, buzzed and discovered their way through the museum’s 450 exhibits before the site shut its doors forever at 5 p.m.
Although San Francisco’s summer jobs initiative failed to create all 2,500 of the desired private-sector positions, it surpassed Mayor Ed Lee’s overall goal of 5,000 jobs by placing more youths in positions with city government. Read More
In 2002, you could have called it a building destined to never happen.
But you wouldn’t have known it Wednesday when public officials held a topping-out ceremony to hail the approaching completion of an office building they called The City’s greenest, the future home of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Read More
Dennis Bartels is the executive director of the Exploratorium, which makes science more visible and accessible to everyone. He is excited about the new After Dark event which is becoming a big hit, with more grown-up topics being addressed.Explain your background. Read More
Following January’s temporary closure of a parking lot shared by the Exploratorium and the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco hoped to construct 23 new parking spots on a triangular plot of land at Palace Drive and Lyon Street. But neighbors of the 9,000-square-foot space were protective of the once-wooded lot.
Demanding that The City keep the land as is, they showed up to public meetings and replanted trees where pavement was about to go down. Read More
While most people notice someone standing by their side, Andrew Leland sometimes does not — he needs a tap on the shoulder due to his limited peripheral vision, which has gradually worsened since the 30-year-old was in seventh grade.“What I have is night blindness, an eye disorder grouped under the name RP [retinitis pigmentosa],” he says. “The retina is damaged in peripheral vision and it’s difficult to see in low light situations.” Read More
Melissa Alexander, the director of public programs for the Exploratorium, discusses fear, the theme of next month’s “After Dark” program. The event will take place Nov. 4. Read More
The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee supported on Wednesday a 66-year lease between the Port of San Francisco and the Exploratorium museum. The full board will vote on whether to approve the lead agreement and environmental review document on Nov. 3. Read More
Construction of a new waterfront home for the Exploratorium could begin as soon as April. Read More