Build Public: Building Our Open Space

Build Public: Building Our Open Space

At a recent Regulatory Committee meeting, we heard from Brooke Ray Rivera, Executive Director of Build Public.  In her own words, “Build Public is a San Francisco nonprofit that empowers communities to create and sustain great public spaces. They leverage creative public-private partnerships to create win-win public realm improvements that benefit the city, community and…

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Could San Francisco Housing Have a Parisian Renaissance?

On Friday, September 8th, SFHAC members saw an informative presentation from Eugene Lew, the mind behind Dom-i-city. Along with co-presenters Joel Engardio (author of the Examiner’s coverage), and Eric Dew, he explained how he intended to solve some of the hardest issues facing San Francisco, namely, rising housing prices pushing out families, the elderly, and…

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Looking at the Futures of I-280 and I-980 As Weathervanes For Transit Policy

Last Friday, SFHAC’s Regulatory Committee heard a presentation on a topic well outside of our usual policy area of housing production in San Francisco: our growing transportation predicament. Gillian Gillett, the City’s Director of Transportation Policy, and Chris Sensinig, with Van Meter Williams Pollack, showed us how two key freeways indicate where regional transportation planners,…

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AHBP Receives Planning Commission’s Endorsement

The Planning Commission voted last Thursday to support the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) and move it forward to the Land Use Committee. They clearly believe building more affordable housing is an important City priority. The Commissioners listened and voted on a number of individual aspects of the AHBP. It’s now up to the Planning…

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Has Prefab Construction Finally Arrived in San Francisco?

Advances in technology have dramatically changed how people find information, get to work and even do their laundry. But one industry whose productivity has remained stagnant for decades is construction. But, as cities are pressured to provide more housing for growing populations, it’s become important to experiment with ways to increase building productivity and find…

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AHBP Continued After Fifth Public Hearing

The character of San Francisco lies in its people, not in its buildings. #SupportAHBP — SFHAC (@SFHAC) January 29, 2016 Sacha Aicken, former Redfin CTO, quoted above said it best during the seven-hour Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) Planning Commission Hearing last Thursday. He called to question, how can we scrutinize and stall when the AHBP…

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$310mil Prop A Housing Bond Is Almost Ready for Spending

Last week, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s (MOH’s) Deputy Director Kate Hartley and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs Sophie Hayward came to SFHAC’s final Membership meeting of the year to give us the scoop on their office’s work. First, thanks to the voters of San Francisco, there’s a $310mil influx in funding…

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