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Developments in Development: Decisions and Limbo

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. The nuns have won! It only took 20,000 signatures and three hours of testimony from 20 or so people, but the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame will open a soup kitchen on Mission Street near 16th Street. This has been a drama unfolding...
Zeitgeist's sunny patio. Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist.

Valencia Housing Development Stalled over Zeitgeist Shadow Dispute

The sponsors of a 28-unit housing development proposed for 198 Valencia – the current site of an auto service station discovered Thursday the peculiar traps of developing housing in San Francisco.   This one concerned the questions of shade, legacy businesses and in the end became a debate on whether the city’s charm – a charm derived in part from legacy businesses...
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Developments in Development: The Road Ahead

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. It’s over! Now on to the next mess that will be 2017. And much as we have tooted the horn of how horrible 2016 was, we have challenges ahead. Consider that San Francisco is, according to Curbed and the city controller, almost at its...
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Developments in development: Home of the Rich

You knew the city was changing – now here are some number that illustrate how. The population turnover citywide has resulted in huge shifts. More white, Latino and Asian people and fewer black people live in the city as a whole (though the Mission’s Latino population specifically has dropped), but more significantly, the mean income jumped by about 13 percent,...
The view of the Mission from Bernal Heights.

Planning Director Wants Both: More Housing, Analysis of Displacement

SF Planning Director John Rahaim wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors on Friday, expressing concern over displacement, pointing to efforts to address it, but also arguing for more housing – regardless of who it is built to house. The letter responded to an earlier and unanimous November vote by the Board that effectively sent a 157-unit building at...
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Developments in Development: Take a Breath

It has been a week full of revelations on the housing front, but before I get into that, let’s take a moment to consider that rents have dipped, again. At least that is what Curbed reports based on an overview of realty sites’ estimates of asking rents at currently vacant apartments. Also, while fur often flies in the world of...
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Developments in Development: Turmoil Ahead?

San Franciscans, I think, have long had a sense that somehow homelessness here is worse than elsewhere – while theories about why that might be vary, to say the least, there seems to be some proof that the concentration of homeless individuals here is higher than in other cities. Here’s one stat to back that up: Curbed reports that San...
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Developments in Development: Shifts and Uncertainty

I must have angered the universe with my last happy-go-lucky, things-are-looking-up column because now there is tension, fear, but most of all uncertainty in the air. By that I do mean the election, but I’m not sure that the election alone is at the center of the unease that seems to have touched the development and real estate world locally....
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Developments in Development: Where to Go?

Voters seem to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with tech – at least that’s what Curbed has found when comparing a recent survey of voters (commissioned by the pro-development Rise SF) that found most blame both the tech industry and the city for housing costs, and a 2015 survey (commissioned by a mayoral aide) that found most voters...
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Developments in Development: Short Term

Fur is flying nationwide as cities around the country figure out how to deal with the housing arm of the sharing economy – short term rentals, a.k.a. Airbnb. Locally, District 9 Supervisor David Campos has joined lawmakers around the country in signing a letter, Elizabeth-Warren-style, to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to study to what extent Airbnb and other...
Scaffolding around the Vida condo construction. File Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

SF Influencers to Debate Land Use Ballot Proposals

Supervisors, former legislators, activists, and nonprofit workers will meet at the Swedish American Hall on Market Street Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. to delve into the finer points of four land-use propositions — M, O, U, and X. The propositions, which go before the voters on November 8, would establish a housing commission, allow more office space in a Bayview development, double...
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Developments in Development: It’s a Wash

Looks like we’re not going to conquer Brisbane, after all, folks…at least according to Chuck Nevius, who writes in his column that the idea is off the table. Though the confrontation between Brisbane’s Mayor and the Board of Supervisors at this week’s meeting made for some political tension – SFHAC has it queued up and ready to go if you’re...
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Developments in Development: A Toolkit from Above

Build ye, build ye, lest the housing crisis smite you! That’s what I’m reading this week in the development world – at its highest up, the command came from none other than the president. The White House has released a “housing and development toolkit” that, among other things, points fingers at a lengthy entitlement process, restrictive zoning, and an unwillingness...
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Developments in Development: Are we happy yet?

San Francisco’s renters are giving the city top marks – in everything except affordability, of course, where they give it the equivalent of blowing a raspberry. That’s according to a renter satisfaction survey from Apartment List. Interestingly, the other thing renters in the survey were particularly unhappy with is the quality of schools. Also surprising: Respondents were more or less...
Mission Girls and the site of the planned development.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Most Support New 24th St. Affordable Housing

The majority of the 30 neighbors or so who attended a meeting Thursday night for a new five-story affordable housing development on 24th Street seemed supportive. A handful, however, made it clear that they hate it. “As many units and as many people as you can house in this — I would support,” said Iris Biblowitz, a local resident. The project,...