Achieving Better Architecture in the Eastern Neighborhoods

One thing was clear at the New Challenges for Eastern Neighborhoods forum: everyone is begging for better architecture in the Eastern Neighborhoods. The 2009 Eastern Neighborhoods Plan carefully rezoned the Mission, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and parts of Soma with more liberal height and bulk restrictions, but architectural design standards were never addressed. Residential development elsewhere…

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What Happens in the Mission Matters to All of Us

There’s an election coming up this November and even if you haven’t been obsessively reading about every initiative like I have, you have probably heard about the proposed moratorium on new housing in the Mission. Here’s a quick refresher regardless, so you can save “New Tab” for all those other propositions you need to get up…

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How Smart Design & Non-Profit Management Make Affordable Housing Successful

How Smart Design & Non-Profit Management Make Affordable Housing Successful

On March 21st, the SF Housing Action Coalition along with the SF Bicycle Coalition & Emerging Leaders Peer Network hosted a bike tour of permanently affordable housing in San Francisco. Guest bloggers Matt Brezina (@brezina) and Brad Williford (@BradWilliford) provide their reflections of the tour. If you’re like us and the majority of San Francisco residents,…

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Hayes Valley’s Parcel P Evolves from Freeway Ramp to Vibrant Urban Housing

Hayes Valley’s Parcel P Evolves from Freeway Ramp to Vibrant Urban Housing

It’s startling to be reminded that a highway off-ramp once carved through the spot where one is standing. This is especially true while standing in a brightly colored lounge, walled with a community library, a fireplace surrounded by Heath tile, newly complete ground-floor retail (still available for lease), and 182 units that have started to…

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Tour Recap: Vida SF in the Mission

Tour Recap: Vida SF in the Mission

Mike McCone and Patrick McCarthy from Oyster Development, along with Kwan Hemi’s Director of Design, Faraaz Mirza and his colleague Dan Moberly, guided SF Housing Action Coalition members through the Vida SF units, balconies, and roof deck, giving us a good sense of the future tenant’s experience living here. The eight-story Vida building stands out…

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Co-Living is Coming to San Francisco

Co-Living is Coming to San Francisco

Co-Living is coming, and as we are all well aware, housing is the Bay Area’s burning topic of the day. The housing shortage is reported by local and national news, and you can’t walk down the street or ride on BART without overhearing multiple people discussing how the housing crisis is affecting them. How the…

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Smaller-Scale Planning Initiatives Could Guide Future Housing Development

Smaller-Scale Planning Initiatives Could Guide Future Housing Development

On February 3rd, SFHAC, SPUR and the AIA San Francisco co-sponsored a panel that focused on the next steps in area planning following the major efforts of the past decade that created landmark area plans such as Eastern Neighborhoods and Market-Octavia. Except for the pending Central SoMa Plan, no new plans are being contemplated. Since…

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