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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]

San Francisco Startup Reboots, Partners with Meat Producers to Bring Healthy Products Directly to Consumers

Local Healthy Foods

Naithan Jones started AgLocal in 2011 with the idea to create a web application linking consumers directly to small-to-medium-sized farmers producing sustainably grown meat. After selling meat mostly to chefs and distributors, Jones steered his company back to direct-to-consumer sales.[read more]

Are the Suburbs Really Cheaper?

April 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Suburbs and Cost of Living

Smart Growth America released a report this month called Measuring Sprawl 2014. The report looks at 221 metro areas in the US and develops a “sprawl index ranking.” The higher the number, the more compact the metro area. Not surprisingly, New York tops the list.[read more]

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What is the Best Way to Measure the Sustainability of Cities?

April 23, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Change the criteria, change the outcome

Yesterday I covered a new Cities in Motion index that claims to identify the most sustainable cities in the world and puts Tokyo and London at the top. Today I compare it with an Economist survey that gives different results. Which approach do you feel gives a more accurate picture?[read more]

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San Francisco Inspires Mobility in European Cities

April 10, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

San Francisco and Mobility

Tenacity, persistence and a lot of patience are the attributes that Timothy Papandreou, Director of Transport Planning of San Francisco, considers essential to take forward some of the most important developments in the mobility sector not only in American cities but also throughout the world.[read more]

San Francisco Wants You to See and Feel Innovation

April 4, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

San Francisco Innovation

San Francisco has long been a test bed for innovation when it comes to its streets. With their Pavement to Parks program, the city showed how low-cost parklets and pop-up plazas can make streets much more welcoming, creating new street life where there was once only cars.[read more]

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Which are the Most Unsustainable Cities in the World?

March 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

River flooding: the commonest threat

What is the opposite of a sustainable city? For insurance companies it quantifies to the riskiest. Insurance company SwissRe has calculated the 10 riskiest metropolitan areas in the world by assessing the largest 616 of them, and the risks to their inhabitants.[read more]