Tag Archives: Developments in Development

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...

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...