The Urban Humanism Manifesto: Putting Communities First

By John Mirisch : newgeography – excerpt Construction comes with a high cost to residents’ health. All is not rosy for the residents of the new Mission Bay housing springing up along the San Francisco Bay who are getting a dose of dust and contaminants from the piles of excavated dirt blowing their way. Photo … More The Urban Humanism Manifesto: Putting Communities First

New amendments to Scott Wiener’s SB-827 are here

This the latest edition of Amendments to SB-827. We are still concerned with many aspects of the bill. http://sd11.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd11.senate.ca.gov/files/sb_827_amendments_022718.pdf HIGHLIGHTS Local inclusionary %affordable requirements apply (anticipated this, doesn’t really change anything) Rent controlled homes cannot be demolished for SB 827 without local govt demo permit; every displaced tenant will have a Right to Remain Guarantee … More New amendments to Scott Wiener’s SB-827 are here

Just 23 in-law units built after two years as SF seeks to iron out approval process

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt Two years after San Francisco passed a law intended to encourage property owners to add accessory dwelling units to help ease the housing crisis, snags in the approval process are calling into question the program’s effectiveness. The most recent data shows there have been 109 permits issued for … More Just 23 in-law units built after two years as SF seeks to iron out approval process

Why A Laundromat Might be Considered ‘Historic’

By Joe Kukura : sfweekly – excerpt A large housing project is delayed because a laundromat is being considered a “historic resource,” so we looked to see if this claim holds any water. Some San Franciscans’ eyeballs were rolling on spin cycle last week when a 75-unit housing development was delayed four months, so the … More Why A Laundromat Might be Considered ‘Historic’