How the planning system shake-up will affect housing in England

by Oliver Wainwright : theguardian – excerpt How is the government proposing to change the planning system? In a very big way. Since the English planning system was introduced in 1947, it has always been discretionary, meaning planning applications are assessed against a local plan on a case-by-case basis, with permission decided by a democratically … More How the planning system shake-up will affect housing in England

Racial And Climate Justice for Point Molate

By Courtney Cummings and David Helvarg : eastbayexpress – excerpt The fight to Save the East Bay’s Point Molate and keep this 413- acre public headland in public hands is, like many land use decisions, also about institutional racism and environmental justice. When it comes to racial equity, no one can seriously doubt that if … More Racial And Climate Justice for Point Molate

California Lockdown’s Job Losses Spell Trouble for the Nation

By Olivia Rockeman, Sophie Alexander : bloomberg – excerpt California’s second round of coronavirus-related shutdowns, among the nation’s strictest measures, are already causing pain for the most populous state’s labor market and portend a deterioration in the overall U.S. employment picture for July. When Governor Gavin Newsom announced on July 13 that indoor operations at … More California Lockdown’s Job Losses Spell Trouble for the Nation

Welcome to the micro-hood: A new vision for downtown San Francisco

By Gregory Thomas and Alex K. Fong : sfchronicle – excerpt (includes graphics) Due to the pandemic, companies are already mulling how to incorporate social distancing, new cleanliness protocols, workspace redesigns and improved ventilation into their offices. But architects Elizabeth Ranieri and her husband and business partner, Byron Kuth, are thinking bigger.The guiding theory of … More Welcome to the micro-hood: A new vision for downtown San Francisco

San Francisco residents invited to provide input on the Bay Area of 2050

By Carly Graf : sfexaminer – excerpt San Francisco residents are invited to give their input on the Bay Area’s future during a virtual town hall Wednesday July 29 at 5:30pm, part of the public comment period on the Plan Bay Area 2050 Draft Blueprint. The Blueprint paints a picture of what the nine-county Bay … More San Francisco residents invited to provide input on the Bay Area of 2050

SF Port to begin demolition of Pier 45 shed destroyed by fire as fishers chart recovery

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt City commission to approve loan program for crab trap replacement San Francisco is expected to begin demolition next week on the remains of the large Pier 45 shed in Fisherman’s Wharf that was destroyed by a May fire along with the thousands of fishers’ crab traps stored inside. … More SF Port to begin demolition of Pier 45 shed destroyed by fire as fishers chart recovery

Public Transit Use Is Associated With Higher Coronavirus Death Rates, Researchers Find

By David Harrison : wsj – excerpt African-Americans’ greater use of public transportation could partly explain their higher rate of Covid-19 deaths, two studies suggest African-Americans may be dying at higher rates than white people from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in part because of black people’s heavier reliance on public transportation … More Public Transit Use Is Associated With Higher Coronavirus Death Rates, Researchers Find

Uber acquires public transportation software company in latest transit expansion

By Tina Bellon : reuters – excerpt (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday announced the acquisition of transit software provider Routematch, marking the ride-hailing company’s latest move toward expanding its business with public transportation agencies. Uber, which has gradually deepened its collaboration with agencies over recent years, last month announced its first software-based transit … More Uber acquires public transportation software company in latest transit expansion