The inefficient 'housing element'

Carol Lloyd discusses the issues surrounding building housing in the Bay Area in this week’s Surreal Estate, The real issue, of course, is that cities don’t actually build housing — developers do. That means cities need to incentivize builders to fulfill their plans, which is easier said than done when it comes to low-income housing. “In the end, there’s not that much money for low-income housing,” Schwob explained. “We can make land available, but building affordable housing is very expensive.”

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SFist interviews Rob Black, candidate for D6 Supervisor

As they have been doing, SFist is interviewing candidates for District 6 supervisor… Those that will run against Chris Daly in November. Today’s interview is with Rob Black, my personal favorite for the election, What do you think are the biggest problems facing District 6 today?Straight up – quality of life. From all corners of the district, residents tell me that District 6 is dirty and dangerous. District 6 has less open space and recreation and park facilities than any

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Below Market Rate Units at Broderick Place available

Saw this first on Craigslist, then did a little more research… Appears that a non-profit real estate broker called Homebricks is handling the sale of the eight below market rate units at Broderick Place (Broderick at Fell/Oak in the Panhandle). HomeBricks will hold an Information Workshop on the application and purchase process for Broderick Place on Saturday, July 8th at 12 pm at the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco (762 Fulton St #300 – Hall of

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New Community Benefit Districts Spark Controversy

From today’s BeyondChron, Two new Community Benefit Districts (CBDs) located in the Fillmore and Mid-Market neighborhoods moved forward yesterday, but only after enduring unusually contentious hearings that raised questions about their formation process. CBDs, which levy a tax on property owners, then direct the revenue towards improvements in the community, have until this point represented rare instances of broad consensus in often fractious neighborhoods. It appears that neither the Fillmore or Mid-Market CBDs will be sailing such calm waters, however,

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Have we finally seen a bubble burst… With the 'bubble' bloggers?

Jonathan Miller’s Matrix covers a growing list of ‘bubble’ blogs that have simultaneously run out of things to blog about, and have gone silent… Does this mean that they have found little merit in their topic, or just that people have stopped caring about their once-endless rants? Bubble Redux: More Housing Bubble Blogs Crash, No Soft Landing [Matrix]

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