Tag Archives: rent

Measure M Promises Legal Battle

“Illegal.” “Scary.” “Unconstitutional.” “Cluster***k.” Curses multiplied like bounced checks at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting of the Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute. To the eight dozen members gathered in the conference room of Saint Mary’s Cathedral—an unusually large turnout—last week’s election brought the latest assault against San Francisco landlords.
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San Francisco Rental Prices at All-Time High, to Absolutely No One’s Surprise

As Executive Editor Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian noted, Bay Area rents may be “too damn high,” but both rents and home prices have continued to increase drastically, even during the recession. The Chronicle’s chart of housing prices throughout the Bay Area shows an increase in all counties, and even though the growth in San Francisco rents...

As Art Space Shrinks, Open Studios Carries On

  Artists around the neighborhood will open their studio doors to the public this weekend. Participants in the Mission Artists United spring open studios create their art in spaces ranging from units in an old mayonnaise factory to their own garages. But they often consider themselves the lucky few. As rents soar all around the city, the artistic hubs that...

Airbnb Hosts, ‘It’s About the Economy + Experience’

For the last four years, Jessica H., a community mental health worker who lives near San Francisco General Hospital, has used Airbnb to rent out rooms to visiting tourists in her Mission District home. As a longtime San Francisco resident, she prides herself on her insider knowledge, sending people to Vermont Street instead of the much-hyped Lombard Street, or Corona...

Changing Management Gives Public Housing Tenants New Hope

Public housing in the city as we know it is coming to an end — that is, it will become largely nonprofit owned and operated within the next two years as part of a national rehabilitation effort. Tenants at the Mission Dolores Senior Apartments are tentatively optimistic about the change. “Anybody would be better than the housing authority,” said Walker...

Mission Eyes: Dancing For The Rent at Red Poppy

What do you do if you’re having trouble paying the rent? If you’re the Red Poppy Art House, you throw a dance party! Last Saturday night, the Red Poppy threw a “Make the Money” party, where they invited supporters to celebrate and fundraise at the same time. Mission Eyes went to check it out and talk to supporters about what the Red...

Boogaloos to Stay Open, For Now

Despite concerns that the neighborhood diner might be shutting its doors as early as this month, Boogaloos will be staying open through December, but faces an uncertain future after that. “For sure we’re not leaving in September,” said co-owner Carolyn Blair Brandeis. “We’ll be staying open at least through Christmas, that’s our plan.” Blair Brandeis said the uncertainty is due to recent...