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Affordable Housing Goals Replace Balance On November Ballot

Supervisor Jane Kim’s watered-down ballot measure “to affirm the City’s commitment” to a set of Affordable Housing Goals, a non-binding Declaration of Policy, has been approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and submitted to San Francisco’s Department of Elections. The five Housing Goals which the policy would affirm, but on which the City would Read More »

Bigger Plans For Bryant And Brannan Than Many Might Realize

Bigger Plans For Bryant And Brannan Than Many Might Realize

If you’re already concerned about the proposed eleven-story building to rise at 585 Bryant Street, we have some bad news to share, news which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise. Not only will San Francisco’s Central Corridor Plan likely raise the height limits for development along the entire south side of Bryant between Zoe Read More »

A 1980’s Era Law Could Limit San Francisco’s Tech Boom (Or Bust)

With office rents in San Francisco up 81 percent since 2010 and approaching an average of $60 per square foot, a mark only once before observed in San Francisco – during the “tech boom” of 2000, San Francisco’s Planning Department is holding proposals for over 9 million square feet of office space to be built Read More »

City Plans To Pay $253M For New Mid-Market Office Development

City Plans To Pay $253M For New Mid-Market Office Development

As we first revealed last week, Related California’s proposed development of 565 apartments and 460,000 square feet of office space along Mission, between 11th and South Van Ness, will likely be financed by way of $375 million of city issued mortgage revenue bonds. And as a number of plugged-in readers quickly noted, the City of Read More »

S.F. Railyard And I-280 Redevelopment Study Moves Ahead

S.F. Railyard And I-280 Redevelopment Study Moves Ahead

The second phase of the Planning Department’s study to explore the potential for redeveloping San Francisco’s 20-acre Caltrain Depot at 4th and King Streets, connecting rail to the Transbay Center (and possibly the East Bay), and re-configuring the terminus of I-280 in the city has been funded. The first phase of the study, assessing the technical feasibility of any redevelopment, Read More »

San Francisco Will Miss Its Affordable Housing Allocation By A Mile

San Francisco Will Miss Its Affordable Housing Allocation By A Mile

As was long ago determined by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the regional Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), in order to meet the growing demand for housing in San Francisco, the City was given a goal of building 31,193 housing units between 2007 and 2014, its Regional Housing Needs Read More »

The State Of San Francisco’s Downtown

The State Of San Francisco’s Downtown

Having emerged from “growing public awareness during the 1970′s that development threatened the essential character of downtown San Francisco,” San Francisco’s adopted Downtown Plan states that, “without sufficient and appropriate housing to serve new commercial development, local housing costs would increase, thereby compromising the vitality of downtown.” The Plan’s vision is to create a vibrant Read More »

Big Plans For Dedicated Bikeway Along The Embarcadero

Big Plans For Dedicated Bikeway Along The Embarcadero

The Embarcadero is now the fourth most traveled cycling corridor in San Francisco.  And with the corridor’s rise in popularity has come a rapid increase in conflicts between pedestrians, bikes and cars.  Added to this are “concerns for a lack of cyclist compliance with road rules, which further compromise public safety,” according to the San Francisco Read More »

Legislation To Block Pinterest’s Move And Design Center Conversion

Legislation To Block Pinterest’s Move And Design Center Conversion

Supervisor Cohen has formally introduced legislation which could effectively block the conversion of the San Francisco Design Center at 2 Henry Adams Street from showrooms into tech space for at least 18 months. The Design Center is currently zoned for Production, Distribution & Repair (PDR), a zoning which disallows general office use.  And a key Read More »

Preview Of Proposed 12-Story Shattuck Avenue Project

Preview Of Proposed 12-Story Shattuck Avenue Project

A preview of the plans for a 12-story residential building to rise on the southeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Berkeley Way will be presented to Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board tomorrow. Adjacent to the 205-unit Acheson Commons project, the largest mix-used project ever to be approved for development in Berkeley, the proposed 1951-75 Shattuck Avenue Read More »

The Plan For Eight New SoMa Towers (a.k.a. Why That Club Will Be Razed)

The Plan For Eight New SoMa Towers (a.k.a. Why That Club Will Be Razed)

While currently only zoned for building up to 65-feet in height, the parcels upon which the San Francisco Tennis Club sits could be up-zoned for development up to 200-feet in height as part of San Francisco’s Central SoMa Plan. Originally known as the Central Corridor Plan, the Central SoMa Plan could also clear the way for Read More »

Housing Balance Versus Housing Now

Housing Balance Versus Housing Now

Supervisor Jane Kim is moving forward with a ballot measure which would require developers to obtain special authorization from the Planning Commission in order to build any market rate housing in San Francisco if a project would cause the percentage of Below Market Rate housing built in the city since 2006 to drop below 30 percent Read More »

Delving Into Great Ground Floor Design

From the introduction to David Baker and Amanda Loper’s Focus on the First 20 Feet photo essay in the Urbanist, a compliment to Benjamin Grant’s piece on the importance of great ground floor design: “Humans have evolved to scan their surroundings to scout for threats and opportunities. In the modern city, a speeding bus rather Read More »

An Additional 16,732 Votes And The Outcome Remains The Same

An additional 16,732 vote-by-mail ballots which had not been counted by the end of Election Day have been added to the tally.  While the total voter turnout is now up to 26 percent, it’s still on track to set an all-time low.  And the results for Proposition B remain the same: 59 percent voted Yes, Read More »

Troubling Findings From San Francisco’s Transportation Task Force

Troubling Findings From San Francisco’s Transportation Task Force

At the risk of rubbing salt in the wounds of those affected by today’s “sick out” by Muni workers which has left two-thirds of Muni’s vehicles stuck in the yards, the Mayor’s recently established “Transportation Task Force 2030″ has come to two rather troubling conclusions: The City’s infrastructure is inadequate to meet current demand and Read More »