San Francisco Urban Density

Here’s what the private housing market creates

48 hills | posted: 2/26/2015 Turn 12 high-end units into two billionaire penthouses? Sure — that’s what the “market” wants. While we continue to fight over whether there ought to be more “market-rate” (read: luxury) housing in the Mission, and whether there is any rational supply-and-demand element in the equation,…

A new pro-growth group takes on the politics of housing

48 hills | Zelda Bronstein | posted: 2/9/2015 Last Monday evening, a new organization with a highrise, pro-growth agenda and a memorable acronym — the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation — held a forum at The Lab, a block from the 16th St. BART station. The topic was “The…

Nearly $1 million in S.F. bond money vanishes

SF Gate | J.K. Dineen | posted: 1/27/2015 The developer of a Rincon Hill luxury high-rise complex near the entrance to the Bay Bridge may have ended up with nearly $1 million in bond money that the city planned to spend on park and pedestrian improvements South of Market, according…

Housing — or “safe deposit boxes in the sky?”

48 Hills | Tim Redmond | posted: 12/29/14 In the earlier days of San Francisco urban environmental movement, we talked about the “Manhattanization” of the city – the threat that highrise buildings would turn SF into a another version of New York – except without the subways or the city…