Today’s Headlines

  • Pics of Latest Car Stuck in Sunset Tunnel (Hoodline)
  • SFMTA Paints New Markings to Keep Cars out of Tunnel (Hoodline)
  • McCoppin Hub Fenced (Hoodline)
  • Prizes for Pics of Muni Art (SFBay)
  • More Pics of Civic Center Plaza Lanterns (Curbed)
  • New Mural Near Mission Street Denny’s (Curbed)
  • Self-Driving Cars Improving (SFChron)
  • But Autonomous Cars Are Not Ready (EastBayTimes)
  • Bike Escalator Planned for Sausalito Ferry (MarinIJ)
  • Bike Thief Suspects Arrested (Almanac, DailyJournal)
  • Motorist Says Pedestrians are the Problem (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: More Transit, More Housing Needed (SFChron)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • John Murphy

    Is it just me or has Streetsblog’s redesign killed the comments section?

  • That may be considered a measure of success.

  • voltairesmistress

    You are right. The redesign gives no indication that there are comments already or that one could comment. So only people really familiar with the site or willing to click around find they can comment. And since few people see, there are almost never discussions.

    I have sent feedback to this effect, but nobody currently running Streetsblog gives a damn what any of us readers think. I suspect they get their funding from grants given by public policy institutes and don’t need to appeal to activists or citizens or neighbors to participate or actually change anything in their cities and towns. Remember: they are experts and we, plebeians.

  • Chris J.

    I noticed that I started going to Streetsblog a lot less after the redesign.

    It’s hard to know exactly why, but whenever I go to the site now, it feels like there is less there. Or maybe the posts look like ads. I’m not sure.

  • thielges

    Yes. There are a couple of features missing in the redesign which encouraged engaging in comments. Both on the top page:

    1. number of comments associated with an article header. If the number doesn’t change then there are no new comments

    2. :”recent activity” bar with quips from recent comments.

    Both of these provide a way to tell at a glance from the top page whether it is worthwhile to click into an article. Now you have to click into each article one at a time to see if anything new has occurred. That’s tedious and time consuming and discourages participation.