Tag Archives: Developments in Development

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...

Developments in Development: No supply

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Apparently Bay Area home prices have barreled through yet another record. So reports SFGate, noting this is the fourth straight record-breaking month. This bit stuck out to me in particular: “… limited supply, especially among lower-price homes, failed to keep up with demand…” Followed by...

Developments in Developments: Backyard battle

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Things are changing in the local housing scene. Rents are slowing. Foreign investment in housing as a way to park money may be slowing. Condo prices may be slipping. Unfortunately, as Curbed and everyone looking for an apartment right now has observed, the rent...

Developments in Development: Community wins

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Sure, they’re controversial to some, but activists in the Mission have achieved a lot in recent years, and several of those wins are becoming tangible. For one, Alex Nieto’s family is crowdfunding for a memorial to their son, the man shot by police in...

Developments in Development: Streamlining and gossip

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Good news everyone! San Francisco is only the eighth least affordable city on the planet right now, according to a RentCafe study that compared incomes to rents in attractive cities around the world. The study found that the average San Francisco family spends about...

Developments in development: Unhoused

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. “Stick ‘em on a boat!” is becoming a weirdly popular refrain when it comes to homelessness. Art Agnos gave it a shot last year, and now he’s got one more on board, specifically Greg Gopman of “degenerates gather like hyenas” fame. Apparently he told...

Developments in Development: Elbo Room, Rolling Stock, Everlane

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I don’t have much of a play-by-play housing-bubble update this week except that messages continue to be mixed: On one hand, housing prices are starting to plateau, and this is attributed by some analysts to increased supply. On the other, a UCLA study says...

Developments in development: 29th Street fire

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. A year ago today, more than 50 tenants lost their homes in a fire that consumed several buildings and left others with serious damage at 29th and Mission streets. Here are a few updates on what has happened at those sites: First, Hillary Ronen...

Developments in development: Preserving rent-controlled stock

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. When it comes to affordability, San Francisco is facing a tricky balancing act. Planners are making an effort in one illustrative case to make it clear to a developer who wants to replace a building on Mission Street with condos will face serious scrutiny...

Developments in development: Deep divide

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. If you build more below-market-rate projects, by all means, build it bigger, the Board of Supervisors told developers this week. HOME SF, a law that gives market-rate developers permission to build higher in exchange for adding affordable housing on-site, was passed 10-1 by the...

Developments in development: Slice of the pie

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. A source started an interview with me this week by saying “well, the planet is on fire, but otherwise fine.” So if you’re feeling firehosed by national-level bombshell coverage and haven’t had time to keep up with all of the details of what’s happening,...

Developments in development: SF a top builder

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I can’t wait to see what role this new tidbit will play in upcoming meetings about housing: San Francisco actually outperformed the entire rest of the state in terms of adding new housing in 2016. This is a fascinating statistic that I’m sure will...