May 28, 2015 · 3:53 pm
145 Leavenworth Street
by JIM MEKO
Supervisor John Avalos has amended the inclusionary housing legislation he recently introduced to apply affordability requirements to buildings that have not yet received their building permits as of May 2015.
The amendment would embrace two Tenderloin “group housing” projects, at 361 Turk Street and 145 Leavenworth Street, that are scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on June 4. Continue reading →
May 8, 2015 · 10:11 am
Supervisor David Campos proposed a halt to new housing production in his District this week. Continue reading →
January 15, 2015 · 11:28 am
from BRIAN WALLACE
“We used to leave here late, and there was nobody on the street. Now, people at night are walking their dogs,” marveled Barbara Gualco, regional director of real estate development for Mercy Housing. “Dogs wearing booties, with manicures. The most perfect dogs you’ve ever seen.”
Brian sends along a John King piece from the Chronicle. King finally noticed all the cranes clustered around the corner of 10th and Mission Streets and observes that dramatic changes are underway in our neighborhood. “Honestly, I’m not sure that 10th and Mission will ever be cool,” King writes, “but it’s becoming integrated into the city’s daily life, and that’s a startling fact in itself.”
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November 3, 2014 · 6:30 am
by BRAD PAUL
As you know, I’ve worked on housing issues in SF for almost 40 years and I’ve never seen things this bad, for both low-income and middle class families. That’s why I urge you to Support Prop G, the proposed anti-speculation tax, this November. Continue reading →
October 27, 2014 · 4:13 pm
AAU expansion plans
The Academy of Arts University, much more a real estate consortium than an educational institution, is finally about to release its Institutional Master Plan. A hearing at the Planning Commission is scheduled for December 10. Their current facilities and expansion plans will finally come under the scrutiny of the city. For years the AAU illegally converted office space to institutional facilities and bought up much of the affordable housing supply in low income parts of the city to be used as student housing. The Academy’s own system of mass transit links together their network of facilities throughout the city. Continue reading →
October 11, 2014 · 8:51 am
by DYAN RUIZ and JOSEPH SMOOKE
from [people. power. media]
[people. power. media] is an independent media channel focused on the perspectives of grassroots organizations and marginalized communities broadcasting on the internet and through social networking. This essay was published by two authors with San Francisco roots who have tired of the so-called conventional wisdom referenced in the following four myths.
Housing is expensive because there isn’t enough supply.
Housing is expensive because so many techies and investors want to rent and buy in San Francisco. Prices are mostly determined by high-end demand.
Developers are building high-end housing because it’s expensive to build housing in San Francisco.
Even if building costs are lower, developers will build expensive housing, as long as there’s enough demand for it.
Let developers build taller buildings. Then prices will go down.
Upzoning won’t solve the housing problem for many reasons.
As long as you can upzone and deregulate, you can build and build to the point where prices will go down.
That’s not the way that housing development works. Housing finance has limits.
Rethinking private and public sectors roles in a new economy
Read the full article at [people. power. media]
August 14, 2014 · 6:15 pm
We’ve known for a couple months that the carwash at 10th and Harrison Streets had been sold. Today SocketSite reports that the plan is to build four floors of market rate SRO housing above ground floor commercial space.
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July 29, 2014 · 7:50 am
With market-rate housing construction booming, Kim abandons effort to balance it with affordability
from THE BAY GUARDIAN
Under the misleading guise of encouraging the development of more affordable housing in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and Sup. Jane Kim have sponsored a pair of fall ballot measures that actually weaken existing housing policy in San Francisco. It’s a ruse that shouldn’t fool politically savvy San Franciscans. Continue reading →
July 27, 2014 · 6:45 pm
by JIM MEKO
Memo to the Realtex Group: this would be a good time to invite prospective tenants of your new 57 unit development to come down to Folsom and Dore Alley to meet the neighbors. Well, maybe this time next year.
Today the Up Your Alley Fair made its annual appearance in SoMa. Generally described as a celebration of kink, it is held on the last Sunday of July every year. The Folsom Street Fair, the world’s largest leather and fetish event, is held later in September. Folsom Street and Dore Alley are generally considered the epicenter of both events. Continue reading →