Housing

A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals. Airbnb visitors spent $8.3 million in the Mission District between April 2013 and March 2014. Photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu.

Airbnb Hosts, ‘It’s About the Economy + Experience’

For the last four years, Jessica H., a community mental health worker who lives near San Francisco General Hospital, has used Airbnb to rent out rooms to visiting tourists in her Mission District home. As...
Rendering of the plans for 490 South Van Ness. Image courtesy Forum Design Architects.

Condo Project Delayed Again as Commish Agrees the Developer Must Talk to Marshall Parents

“It’s been a long, long process,” said pro-development advocate Sean Keighran of the hotly contested 490 South Van Ness condo development at today’s Planning Commission meeting.  And it will be even longer.  The project, which...
This mural of Father Richard Purcell adorns the Balmy Alley garage door of Marty's Place. Photo by Marilyn Chase.

Longtime Shelter For Those With AIDS Has New Life

Before its closure in 2010, a house called “Marty’s Place” served as a private homeless shelter for those living with HIV/AIDS. Soon the longtime institution, on Treat and 25th, will open again; when it does...
Photo by Mimi Chakarova.

To Halt Evictions, City May Become Landlord

When a landlord sells their rent-controlled building it can strike fear into the hearts of longtime tenants with low rents—eviction notices, buyouts, or worse may not be far off depending on whoever the buyer is....
File photo.

Housing’s Latest Legislation, a User’s Guide

Last week was a full one in the legislative debate about fixing San Francisco’s housing crisis. Here at Mission Local HQ we could barely keep up with all the various proposals, amendments and votes. To...
"Mission Monopoly," on display at the Plaza 16 Festival.

16th and Mission Project Foes Ponder Next Move

The band Revolt was halfway through its set at the 16th and Mission plaza on Saturday afternoon when the lead singer announced the next song, ‘Dissent,’ which is about displacement. The trio smashed power chords, pressed keyboard strokes,...