A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. Photo: A. Graff Photo: A. Graff Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. Photo: A. Graff When will it stop raining in the San Francisco Bay Area? 1 / 12 Back to Gallery Last month, Bay Area residents wondered when it would ever rain again. This month they're asking when it will stop. A potent winter storm packed with moisture … [Read more...] about When will it stop raining in the San Francisco Bay Area?
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In a region where housing advocates proclaim the virtues of adding apartments and condominiums to the cores of established cities, Santa Rosa shows how difficult such a transformation can be. No Bay Area city has been more aggressive at cutting developer fees and speeding up the review process. City officials recently took potential builders on a bus tour of potential sites. This month, the City Council and Planning Commission gave their initial OK to a plan that would allow as many as 7,000 new units downtown. Despite all this, the only housing under construction near historic Courthouse Square is a modest building with 17 apartments. Developers are intrigued but wary. Blueprints for approved projects are gathering dust. The problem isn’t lack of will, or neighbors fighting growth. Pin the blame instead on basic economics — the underlying dynamics that make city-centered growth a less-than-sure thing, no matter what planners and the obvious need for housing might suggest. … [Read more...] about Santa Rosa wants developers to build downtown housing. They’re not so sure
From Burger King's Impossible whoppers to Dunkin' Beyond Meat sausage breakfast sandwiches, fast food may drive the conversation when it comes to a meatless future. But a quieter revolution is happening at the highest ends of the restaurant world: The number of courses that highlight beef, pork, lamb, and poultry are dwindling at places where a $200 tasting menu is a bargain. The reasons vary from political to personal. New York's recent foie gras ban, and a similar one upheld by the Supreme Court of California, are leading to the disappearance of the luxurious goose and duck liver-a fine dining fixture and lightning rod for animal welfare advocates-from cities with a high concentration of tasting menus. Also, chefs are eating more healthfully and thoughtfully and don't want their customers to be crushed with heavy proteins at the end of a meal. (Seafood, perceived to be less environmentally damaging than cows and pigs, is still in play for most elite chefs.) The American public's … [Read more...] about First, Burger King. Now fancy tasting menus are ditching meat.
Adrian Caratowsa was lucky. After six years of trying and failing to score an affordable apartment in San Francisco, he won the lottery for a city-subsidized apartment in the Transbay district. Caratowsa, who once lived in a South of Market warehouse with 27 roommates, now pays around $1,000 a month for a one-bedroom at 255 Fremont St. Nearly 70 people applied for each apartment in the building. “I can’t imagine living in the city if I didn’t have it,” said Caratowsa. San Francisco is struggling with a herculean task: creating as much housing as possible for people like Caratowsa to make up for decades of underproduction. But the enormous cost of building in the city has meant that developers can’t create nearly enough affordable or market-rate homes. More than 30,000 homes that have been approved haven’t yet started construction, as developers try to find financing and enough workers to build. The Chronicle found numerous factors that contribute to … [Read more...] about SF is one of the most expensive places in the world to build housing. Here’s why
City planners are headed for a clash with neighborhood advocates over the question of which Central South of Market development projects will win the first round of city approvals. It’s a dispute that could lead to years of delays for millions of square feet of office projects and 9,000 housing units. On Thursday, San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim will recommend that the Planning Commission prioritize three Central SoMa projects that are the most “shovel ready,” the ones ready to start construction soonest. In addition, he will ask the three developers to build their projects in phases, rather than all at once. That approach is diametrically opposed to the process favored by local nonprofits, who argue that the developments with the most community benefits — goodies like affordable housing, open space, artists studios and child care facilities — should be put at the head of the line. The order in which projects get city approval is significant, … [Read more...] about Should first Central SoMa developments be most ‘shovel-ready’ or most beneficial?