Tag Archives: housing

Developments in Development: Relative comfort

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. We hear a lot about median income, but that metric isn’t necessarily an indicator of how much it costs to live here. Curbed has that statistic from a banking company’s study: If you want to live here comfortably, you best be making more than...

Artist and writer’s new book offers bizarre, healing literary journey

In the bruising tumult of San Francisco’s housing crisis, Paul Madonna’s On to the Next Dream is the absurdist balm to soothe your sore and weary soul. Madonna is an artist who for 12 years had a drawing and short essay series called All Over Coffee in the San Francisco Chronicle. You might more immediately recognize him by his detailed...

Rent control advocates tussle with realtors

When a dozen or so tenant rights advocates arrived on the doorstep of the San Francisco Association of Realtors on Thursday morning carrying signs and a megaphone, one immediately clashed at the door with a member of the association with each pushing the other until a staffer was able to pull the door shut. “This is private property!” the man...

Conflict over 380 units at 16th and Mission resumes

Far from burying the hatchet, a developer and various neighborhood organizations are rekindling a years-long feud over a 380-unit housing project planned for 16th and Mission streets that had been stalled, but is again moving forward. On Tuesday, some 60 activists had a rally at the 16th Street BART Plaza and voiced a new grievance: The Plaza 16 Coalition, a...

Developments in Development: Cooling off

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Riding on the coattails of last week’s fuss around a good chunk of millennials wanting to leave the Bay Area comes an observation from a job hunting platform indicating that 38 percent of techies are looking to leave the major Bay Area metros. That...

Noe Valley fire sends disabled senior to hospital, displaces four

Four people are displaced, and two were sent to the hospital, after a fire in the top unit of a building at 119 Randall Street near Chenery Street. A disabled senior and her daughter were sent to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, one firefighter said. “[The senior] came out with burned soot all over her face,” said Battalion Six...

Neighbors want a ‘significant tree’ considered in design review of Elbo Room condos

Condo owners living near what’s now the Elbo Room have filed a request for Discretionary Review of condos slated to be built on top of the bar, concerned that the new construction would cast too much shadow on their rear yard, come too close to the property line, and threaten a Significant Tree. The latter is defined as a tree that is within...

Developments in Development: Departures

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I don’t want to ring the doomsday bells yet but since the news of the week seems to be that forty percent of Bay Area residents are considering leaving, let’s look at the gloom. The cost of living, of course, is one of the main...

Offices, parking and housing could rise at Harrison and 19th

Preliminary plans have been submitted for a five-story addition to an existing three-story office building at 2300 Harrison Street, the former headquarters of Lyft. The idea, still in its early stages, is to build two levels of office space and two levels of housing on top of a mixed-use ground floor and basement-level parking spaces. The new building would go...

Developments in development: Affordable for whom?

Every time the words “affordable housing” are used in local media, commenters appear and argue about the phrase. Either they’re frustrated that, in a region where someone thinks it’s okay to charge people $800 a night to sleep on the floor, nothing is really “affordable.” Or they’re mad that we use the term in reference to city-administered below-market-rate units with...

Planners say flooding fears don’t hold water, approve affordable housing

In a rare specimen of lightning-speed bureaucracy, the Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously re-approved an entirely below market rate building planned for 17th and Folsom streets, dismissing a neighbor’s concerns over flooding in the area. “There couldn’t be any more win-win situation for all,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore. The building, 2060-2070 Folsom Street, has been in the works for years...

Developments in development: awkward relief

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction new You know, in a time when San Francisco reportedly saw the biggest year-over-year rent drop in the country and we keep hearing about how rents are slowing down, I really wasn’t expecting to see this monstrosity. Having a shower and toilet directly adjacent to...

Art Appears on Site of Future Affordable Housing

If you do a double take when you pass the giant letters spelling out “Home Street Home” on Folsom Street, that’s exactly what artist Brian Singer, the man behind the piece, wants. “There’s a lot of homelessness [here]. Over time we’ve become desensitized to it,” Singer said. Singer is known for outdoor art with a message, from his billboard campaign calling...

Developments in Development: Right, Commodity, or Investment?

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. How should we treat housing? As a commodity like bread or gas? As an investment? As a human right? Writing about development and housing a good deal, my observation has been that these three attitudes toward housing seem to more or less distinguish three...

SF Planners Approve Plan to Curb Gentrification, Extend Interim Controls

San Francisco Planning Commissioners on Thursday approved a land use and policy plan designed to mitigate the effects of gentrification and displacement in the Mission District. The seven commissioners also agreed to a nine-month extension on 14-month-old restrictions that require some projects to undergo more stringent review. The policy plan, called the Mission Action Plan 2020, is the product of...