Articles Filed Under: City Planning

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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 »

Largest-Ever 3D-Printed Model Of San Francisco Unveiled

Largest-Ever 3D-Printed Model Of San Francisco Unveiled

A 3D scale-model which encompasses over 115 blocks of San Francisco’s Financial and South of Market districts has been printed by Autodesk and Steelblue for real-estate developer Tishman Speyer. Based on a digital model by Steelblue which includes architectural drawings for numerous projects approved to rise and dramatically alter the skyline of San Francisco over the next couple Read More »

Market Street Prototyping Festival And Open Call For Ideas

Market Street Prototyping Festival And Open Call For Ideas

Armchair and professional planners, architects, designers, artists and makers take note: San Francisco’s Planning Department is partnering with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to produce the Market Street Prototyping Festival. The Prototyping Festival will be held on two miles of Market Street from Embarcadero to 10th on October 2, 3 and 4 and will showcase Read More »

Parties And Parking At Pier 27 Or A Loss Of Over $2M Per Year

Parties And Parking At Pier 27 Or A Loss Of Over $2M Per Year

The construction of San Francisco’s James R. Herman Cruise Ship Terminal at Pier 27 is scheduled to be finished in August and the Crown Princess is slated to be the first ship to berth at the new terminal on September 18. On the agenda for Port of San Francisco this afternoon, a public hearing to approve Read More »

Calle 24: San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District

Calle 24: San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District

Unanimously approved by San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee yesterday, the resolution to designate the area around the Mission’s 24th Street commercial corridor as the Calle 24 (“Veinticuatro”) Latino Cultural District is slated to be adopted by San Francisco’s full Board of Supervisors this afternoon. The designation of the area which is bound by Mission, Read More »

Summary Of Measure To Reset The City’s Transportation Priorities

The proposed ballot measure “to restore the transportation balance in San Francisco” by establishing a number of pro-car policies, including limiting the operation of parking meters and establishment of a Motorists’ Citizens Advisory Committee, has been titled “Policy Regarding Transportation Priorities in San Francisco” and the official summary of the measure was filed today: <iframe Read More »

Who Are These “People” And What The Heck Are They Thinking?

Who Are These “People” And What The Heck Are They Thinking?

Developer AF Evans has proposed to build 282 residential units, 332 parking spaces, and approximately 14,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space in a “seven-story building stretching from 1634 through 1690 Pine St. near Franklin Street, from which one 25-story and one 12-story tower would rise.” Planner Tammy Chan said the project has raised Read More »