Greenifed City Blocks

To celebrate city life, the intention to include the green life balance is a consistent focus for San Franciscans. The folks of Friends of the Urban Forest, who tirelessly dedicate skills, resources and time to bring more of Mother Nature to the streets, have chosen to celebrate 2014 Earth Day with a gift to neighbors. Careful city planning and drought resistant plant selections have transformed 969 square feet of concrete into beautiful gardens. The 500 block of Broderick Street in

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Liveable SF: Big Plans for Potrero Avenue

  What makes a neighborhood become more of a community? What does making a neighborhood more livable mean to you? To one of my neighbors, Gillian Gillet, it means long term projects with an end game that adds up to a more livable city for us all. From Gillian Gillet, Director of Transportation Policy: “As some of you may know, I’ve been active in trying to make our neighborhood more safe, livable and walkable since about 2002 when I began

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Public Housing, Community Friend or Foe?

Affordable housing in San Francisco may be an urban legend. Since 2000 the Bayview Hunter’s Point Community Revitalization Concept Project Area Committee has started to write history. Striving to return balance to a desperate community, historically labeled by crime, gang activity and under employment, the Project Area Committee (PAC) has stepped forward to repair these neighborhoods. Drawing in hungry developers with the promise of $95million residential construction contracts, the committee has lobbied on behalf of this struggling environment. The project

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Street Trees, Community/Civic Dynamic, and its Effect on Home Values!

Here in San Francisco, a city that touts its green image, many are surprised to find that only 13.7% of the city is covered in tree canopy. If you’re lacking a reference for what this number means, it’s actually less than most major cities, some notables being: Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Jose. The September newsletter from our local arborist enthusiasts – Friends of the Urban Forest – spells out this surprising information and also calls attention to the fact

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Proposed Committee for Mandated Developer Public Art

Luis Cancel, San Francisco’s Director of Cultural Affairs, would like final say on public art installations developers are required to install. Over the past 25 years, a mandate has stated that large projects in the Financial District and along upper Market spend at least 1% of their total construction budget on on public art; that can add up to millions of dollars in some cases. Cancel, however, believes chosen art of late has been sub par. Without providing specific examples of what

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