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2004 Stories by Matt Smith

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  • Tower Inferno

    published June 16, 2004

    You may already have read about a public tug of war between a developer who wants to build a downtown condominium tower and a governmental entity... More >>

  • The New California Adventure

    published June 9, 2004

    Imagine California as the sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland alluded to in such fantasies as Terminator, Blade Runner, Road Warrior,... More >>

  • Medea Benjamin for President*

    published June 2, 2004

    During her career as a famous San Francisco-based global agitator, Medea Benjamin has seen enough political tragedy and travesty to challenge... More >>

  • Democracy in Suburbia

    published May 26, 2004

    In Need of a Makeover: A Survey of California By John Micklethwait The Economist Newspaper Limited, 16 pages, reprints... More >>

  • Building Up California

    published May 5, 2004

    It's mid-April, and I'm in San Diego with a group of San Francisco planners, architects, developers, and policy wonks, looking at a possible... More >>

  • Museum Quality

    published April 28, 2004

    While tromping through the dirt, brush, and scattered construction detritus along JFK Boulevard earlier this month, I looked up, became dizzy, and... More >>

  • Unreality Show

    published April 14, 2004

    Starting at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, I stared at Condoleezza Rice's glistening hair for an hour. I watched her implacable half-smile. I listened... More >>

  • Learning to Compete

    published April 7, 2004

    In the mood to see a fight last week, I headed to Moscone Center to experience the offshorers' bash, otherwise known as the... More >>

  • Save Bitchen Science!

    published March 31, 2004

    Science, at its most boring, reveals transcendent truths about a changing world. Dull researchers spend entire lives seeking pure knowledge, and... More >>

  • Share and Share Alike

    published March 24, 2004

    A muffled thud shook the walls, then another, and another. Next, S.F. retiree Martin Macintyre heard an explosion of glass. "It was like... More >>

  • Little Fish, Big Fish

    published March 17, 2004

    Imagine an alternate universe where an entertainment figure is linked to fraud. Federal investigators, aware of the deterrent potential of a... More >>

  • Mayor AWOL

    published March 10, 2004

    Gavin Christopher Newsom, 42nd mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, is craven and contemptibly fainthearted, a coward apparently... More >>

  • An Instigator's Instigator

    published March 3, 2004

    Gadflies (Hypoderma lineatum) are often found at muddy stream crossings, below the crust of manure piles, and at San Francisco committee... More >>

  • Institute of Hate

    published February 25, 2004

    The Rev. Karen Oliveto, the personable pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church in Noe Valley, is the last person one might imagine to be the... More >>

  • Profiles in Gumption

    published February 18, 2004

    Someday, tucked amongst the acrylic paints, modeling compound, and charcoal, art supply shoppers will find bins full of Barbie dolls. The lithe... More >>

  • Sand Trap

    published February 11, 2004

    My best friend in junior high, Mark Grendahl, was not a dependable weekend playmate. I'd call on a Saturday morning to suggest crawdad hunting or... More >>

  • A Tale Worth Retelling

    published February 4, 2004

    During the mid-1990s there was a former Weimar-era German soldier named Zygmunt Arendt who would occasionally stroll through San Francisco City... More >>

  • The Tax Man Cometh

    published January 21, 2004

    When it comes to money, I'm not ordinarily a prescient man. I first got wind of this insufficiency in 1995, when, while working for Dow Jones... More >>

  • Same as the Old Boss?

    published January 14, 2004

    Last Tuesday, in what may have been meant as a final act of grace, Matt Gonzalez compelled members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to... More >>

  • The Place That Time Forgot

    published January 7, 2004

    Time doesn't move steadily. Sometimes, in some places, it clambers along vigorously through acres of portentous events. Elsewhere it coasts for... More >>

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