Tag Archives: Developments in Development

Developments in Development: More and less

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. There’s 880,000 of us now living in this city. And record numbers of us have jobs — unemployment is 2.3 percent, the lowest it’s ever been. But about those jobs. The Council of Community Housing Housing Organizations recently presented an estimate to the Planning...

Developments in Development: Drops in the bucket

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. We’re building a fair amount, but Socketsite reports we’re going to be building less. Apparently, the total number of units in the pipeline has dropped to 63,300, about 400 fewer than its peak in 2016. Interestingly, Socketsite’s map points out something that activists who oppose...

Developments in Development: The city at work

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Here’s an example of why we need building inspectors: A new arrival on Valencia Street appears to have dipped its toes into the potential risks of nitrogen tanks instead of a relaxing float pool. A complaint received by the Department of Building Inspection indicates...

Developments in Development: Bots and ballots

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. “No robots on sidewalks!” city leaders have declared. Well, kind of! Except for in specific places: Robots and PDR (production, distribution and repair) apparently go hand-in-hand, because that’s where they are allowed. And, there are no restrictions on security robots like our new friend...

Developments in Development: Exclusion

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I’m sure you’ll be shocked — shocked! — to learn that gentrification in the Mission is (still) at an advanced stage. That’s the ultra-watered-down takeaway from the updated maps from the UC Berkeley Urban Displacement Project, which used 2015 data to study displacement. The center...

Developments in Development: Rough road ahead

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I was going to start out with a happy headline this week: People love San Francisco despite the high cost of living, a new survey says. Another chimes in with the finding that San Francisco’s eviction rate is among the lowest in the whole U.S....

Developments in Development: Repeal Effort

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. California voters next year may be facing a ballot that pretty much asks them how to solve the housing crisis. Already there’s a housing bond measure slated for the ballot, and now the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (usually referred to as ACCE,...

Developments in Development: Antivalenciazation

“Don’t let Mission Street turn into Valencia!” Take it as a plea, a rallying cry, or a call to action — the Planning Department has been taking it, apparently, into consideration. This week the Planning Commission gave its nod of approval (though the Board of Supervisors still needs to vote on this) for changes to what’s allowed on Mission Street...

Developments in Development: Poverty and millionaires

When apartment rents are so high, it can be easy to get jaded about the cost of an apartment. I don’t even blink anymore that a studio could cost $2,000 a month. But the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, citing a study by the Public Policy Institute at Stanford University, has found a new way to frame this cost burden...

Developments in Development: By decree

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. This week in housing and development news: Wham! A legislative ton of bricks. Both state and local legislators seem to have decided now is the time to throw themselves wholly into the housing fray, issuing significant directives. Hoodline has a pretty succinct and solid...

Developments in Development: Earth-shaking

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. With Mexico City still reeling — though working valiantly to recover — from the Sept. 19 earthquake, there’s been no shortage of local what-iffery. And I’m going to join in, because now is as good a time as any to grapple with the unpleasant...

Developments in Development: Greener pastures

I guess it’s that time of year again — when various polls come out revealing how sick people are of the housing crisis, and respondents bluster about how we’re all going to just up and leave this horrible place. This time, it’s the city Controller’s Office that looked at move-out plans. Thirty-one percent of residents reached by the Controller indicated...

Developments in Development: Building boom?

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Well, what do you know? It seems the federal government, too, has caught wind of the fact that the country has a problem with housing affordability. Interestingly, in its look at “worst-case needs” renters (those who make less than half of their region’s median...

Developments in Development: Public, private

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Turns out New York City and San Francisco, for all their differences, have remarkably similar housing crises. At least that’s my take on this New York Review of Books piece sent my way by a reader this week. Clearly opinionated throughout, Michael Greenberg nonetheless...

Developments in Development: Demand for affordable

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Bubblewatch: VCs are apparently throwing money at an app that pays people to drive tanker trucks to big parking lots and pump gas for car owners who believe their time is more valuable. So…that’s where we’re at. Meanwhile I got several reminders this week...