The Problem with the Chronicle’s “49 Square Miles Project” is that SF JUST ISN’T THAT BIG – Let’s Check Wiki!

The problem with the 49 Square Miles Project is that nobody checked to see if San Francisco is actually that big.

Here’s the answer from Wikipedia:

46.87 sq mi” 

Now, did they include the Farallon Islands? Hell yes, plus tiny parts of the North Bay and the East Bay that we also have, through Accident of History:

“Several islandsAlcatraz,Treasure Island and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island, and a small portion of Alameda IslandRed Rock Island, and Angel Island are part of the city. Also included are the uninhabited Farallon Islands, 27 miles (43 km) offshore in the Pacific Ocean.”

So, having proved that, let’s fix the Chron’s graphic:

You know Chron, you could have rounded up to 47 and you could have even rounded up to 50, if your ardor for California’s Fourth-Largest City demanded it.

But you can’t round up to 49.

Sorry, Chronicle.

Wiki wins again.

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4 Responses to “The Problem with the Chronicle’s “49 Square Miles Project” is that SF JUST ISN’T THAT BIG – Let’s Check Wiki!”

  1. conpriv says:

    Wow. Really? And the writers at the Chronicle complain about Wikipedia all the time. They’re asshats.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I don’t know if they complain as much anymore, but Wiki certainly much smarter than any particular crew at the Chron, yes indeed.

  3. conpriv says:

    But don’t you call yourself a journalist?

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Not hardly. In about 6000-something blog posts, here and on SFist, I’ve never suggested that I’m a journalist.

    Hey, how about Nevius – isn’t he in your guild? I think he’s been a spokesperson AAMOF. Is he a journalist? Of course he makes lots and lots of errors…

    I think it’s the Chron’s job to debunk myths and not to spread them. You might feel otherwise…