Tag Archives: housing

The YIMBYs had a ball: Dispatches from a pro-housing party in your backyard

The YIMBYs are no longer just a scattering of familiar voices at public meetings crying out to build housing and build it faster — now they’re now a real nonprofit and a political movement. At least, that’s how it seemed at the group’s first gala. Here’s a glimpse of the evening: There’s fake news, aggregated news, sponsored news. At Mission...

SF Mission historical auto livery adjusts — or not — to the 21st Century

For nearly 100 years, the Superior Auto garage has visually dominated the corner of 16th and Albion streets. Built by famed architect Joseph L. Stewart, the monumental garage was built to herald the arrival of the single-occupant automobile, San Francisco’s newest transit option after 1906. They were built to park and repair cars in a city whose apartment buildings had...

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,...

SF tenants win record-setting award in jury trial against landlord

Two tenants who took notorious landlord Anne Kihagi to court over their eviction from an apartment on Hill Street have been awarded more than $3.5 million by a jury. Over the course of two and a half years, Dale Duncan and his wife Marta Mendoza pursued a civil suit against Kihagi. A nearly five-week jury trial concluded at the beginning...

Insurer for Vida condos files suit against landlord of burned 22nd St. building

The landlord of the building at 22nd and Mission streets that was destroyed in a fire in 2015 has been sued by an insurance company for the adjacent Vida condo building. American Insurance Company alleges in its suit that Hawk Ling Lou, the property owner of 2578-2598 Mission Street, along with a land management company and a fire alarm company,...

Street tent count drops dramatically, and other updates from District 9 Supervisor

As San Francisco struggles to find ways to shelter people living on the streets, District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen recently alluded to a significant reduction in visible encampments on Mission District sidewalks — from 200 tents and structures to 50. One of Ronen’s aides spends about 75 percent of her time working on homelessness. Mission Local got some updates on...

SF’s Mission Street has gone too upscale, some residents say

When you walked into Centro Del Pueblo and heard the sound of a Latino man playing his acoustic guitar, smelled the scent of quesadillas in the air, and overheard a sentence spoken in two languages, you might have thought — and may even hoped — that the historically Latino Mission Street would never change. But then you discovered why more...

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...

Design tweaked, housing clears hurdle to replace auto repair shop

Plans to turn an auto repair shop on 15th and Mission streets into 11 units of housing over a ground floor commercial space will go forward after a unanimous vote by the Planning Commission. The project at 1900 Mission St. came to the Planning Commission as a result of the city’s discretionary review process, in which opponents of a project...

Another appeal, another deal — but activists are frustrated

Another project has gotten the go-ahead following mediation between developer and activists by Supervisor Hillary Ronen and her staff. The project, 1726 Mission Street, plans to turn a former sausage factory near Duboce Avenue  into 40 units of housing with a commercial ground floor. The activist group Our Mission No Eviction then appealed the project’s approval, putting it up for...

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...

Nonprofit launches program to help artists find affordable housing

Disclosure: Mission Local rents its office space from MEDA. While affordable studio space has long been a concern in the local arts scene, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Mission Economic Development Agency have now launched a program focusing on another factor in stabilizing the artistic community: Housing. The program, apparently the first of its kind in the city,...

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...

Developer’s “I am not a Monster” ad blitz makes few friends 

Maximus Real Estate has poured $363K and counting into a “grassroots” effort to push the so-called “Monster in the Mission” proposal. San Francisco is a city in which a man in a three-piece suit can often induce more of a double-take than a bearded dude wearing a sarong and beating a conga drum — but, by any standard, the ads...