Three Years, 15 Sites, Not One Home

Beyond Chron has an article this week about the Surplus Property Ordinance. “…three years after the Board of Supervisors enacted a Surplus Property Ordinance requiring the city to set aside vacant or underutilized land for the development of affordable housing for homeless and low-income people, not a single property has been actively perused. Moreover, a site that has real development potential might be instead used as a shelter or turned into a landmark. “ “While [The Mayor’s Office of Housing]

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S.F. revels in snow day

Despite the neighbors doing everything they could to prevent the event from happening, Icer Air 2005 went ahead yesterday with thousands of people in attendance. From the Examiner, “Skiers and snowboarders launched near a mock cable car at the top of the Fillmore Street hill at Broadway and then tore down a narrow strip of snow, reaching speeds around 30 mph. Just a few feet away on either side, crowds beat on wooden barriers that lined the route.” “The event

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New lighting standards begin Oct. 1

From the San Francisco Business Times, “Beginning Oct. 1, people building or remodeling homes in California will have to obey new lighting standards meant to help consumers save up to 75 percent on lighting costs.” “The new 2005 changes will now require that more than 50 percent of the wattage in kitchens must be high efficiency. The ratio of incandescent lights to the high efficiency lights must be four to one. At least one high-efficiency light fixture or vacancy sensors

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Sparks fly over changes to condo conversions

Go figure. There were raised voices in the Land Use Committee yesterday when the subject of condo conversions hit the floor. The Examiner today has an article on the people that were yelling. “A plan that would give extra chances to property owners who have long waited for The City’s approval to convert their units to condominiums became too hot to handle Wednesday, when a debate among supervisors ended with raised voices and a one-month postponement of the item.” “Committee

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The city has a chance to create a great neighborhood on Rincon Hill

The Chron’s John King discusses the creation of the Rincon Hill ‘neighborhood’ in his Urban Design column today. “The clock tower atop Rincon Hill doesn’t tell the time anymore, and by the end of November, there won’t be a clock tower at all. A 50-year-old landmark will be taken down, and a pair of towers, 55 and 45 stories, will rise in its place.” “The funny thing is, the neighborhoods that work the best are the ones were got slapped

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