Welp, that was a year. We’ll start with the good news: Thanks to you, our readers and supporters, and to our fabulous contributors and team, 48 Hills grew enormously in the past 12 months. In 2021, SF’s biggest independent, local daily news + culture site published more than 1200 articles, reached 2+ million readers, won a bunch of awards, partnered with Apple News, doubled its local arts coverage, put out the 46th annual Best of the Bay, and best of all was there to cover the most important things happening in the city and The Bay. Not bad for a site run out of a dining room!
The very bad news, of course, is that not only are we still facing a pandemic, a bigoted backlash to the Black Lives Matter movement, continued horrifying anti-Asian violence and hate speech, climate crises, more and more war on the poor, and the erosion of our democracy (such as it was). The local media ecosystem continues to wobble. SF Weekly shut down, neighborhood papers keep fighting to stay afloat, and essential independent voices are being drowned out by sensationalist national news chains with no sense of our history, as they rush to batter San Francisco in hysterical tones.
We were still there to report on everything we could and try to keep things real, support struggling local arts and nightlife scenes, and platform voices that matter and often go unheard. Below are some of our most-read stories of the past year, just a few among many! We couldn’t publish them without you—why not kick the year off by joining us with a monthly donation? Thank you again, and here’s to 2022.