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Q&A with Keith Tanner: The Debate Over Affordable Housing and Urban Farming in San Francisco

November 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

San Francisco broke new ground this past July by becoming the first California city to allow for tax incentives on land used for urban farming. The city’s Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance piggybacks on California State Assembly Bill 551, which permits state municipalities to create the zones.[read more]

Golden Gate Bridge Bike/Pedestrian Toll Moves Forward

November 2, 2014 by David Edmondson

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District has decided to push forward with studying the cycling and walking toll on the bridge. The vote was very close, 10-9 in favor. All but one of San Francisco’s representatives, John Moylan, voted against studying the toll.[read more]

San Francisco's Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Zero-Waste Goals

San Francisco recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated a zero-waste program. They have already set an example for cities across the nation by eliminating waste by 80%, but the goal is still 100% by the year 2020.[read more]

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco's Homeless 'Epidemic?'

October 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Homeless

People step over the homeless wearing shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved.[read more]

Prototype a New Market Street

September 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Market Street Design

A new design competition will transform San Francisco’s Market Street into a “public platform” for three days in April 2015, showcasing ways to further improve this iconic civic space. According to the organizers, the Prototyping Festival will invite diverse designers to interact with the equally as diverse communities.[read more]

San Francisco's Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

September 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Gentrification in the Mission

 

A walk through San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.”[read more]

What should San Francisco do with the Tenderloin?

August 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Neighborhoods

Recently Priceonomics posted a piece on San Francisco’s 'rent explosion.' In it was an infographic showing the median rental rate for a one bedroom apartment in the city. The most obvious takeaway is that San Francisco is really expensive. Except in the Tenderloin.[read more]

Recycling Waste into Homes for the Homeless of San Francisco

August 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Waste, Recycling, and Homelessness

With over 6,000 homeless people in San Francisco, there are a variety of housing services available. Although even with shelter programs, and temporary and subsidized housing options, more than half of homeless individuals are still sleeping on the street.[read more]

Fleeing New York and San Francisco for 'Cleveland'

August 8, 2014 by Jim Russell

Cost of Living and Migration

To set the geography, playwright Tennessee Williams supposedly said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” In a similar vein, I once wrote, “There is Greater Greater New York. And then there is the rest of the United States.”[read more]

Architects & Communalism Can Solve San Francisco's Housing Crisis

July 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Housing

San Francisco is in a housing crisis! The skyrocketing housing market is pushing out the people that make the city a diverse and vibrant place with housing rates rising three times faster than the national average. Within the last two years the rental market has increased by an average of 20%.[read more]

San Francisco's High-Tech Urbanism

July 10, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Tech Life in San Francisco

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving.[read more]

Vision Zero Project: Rethinking 'Safe' Pedestrian Infrastructure in San Francisco

Walking Safety in San Francisco

Walking through downtown San Francisco can have an appeal similar to a game of Russian roulette. But in this game of chance, the bullets are one to two ton cars. I've had the unfortunate privilege of witnessing a bicyclist get run off the road and a skateboarder slam face first into a driver’s side door.[read more]