Spoiler Alert. Despite being one of the worst tales of NIMBYism I have been involved in, it all turned out as it should. The project proponent, the official project opponent, and the Planning Commission all ended up doing the right thing. 420 desperately needed housing units are being built according to the City General Plan, the Neighborhood Plan, and the existing zoning, at one of the most underutilized transit accessible locations west of Chicago. SPOILER ALERT: 420 Housing Units Under Construction
The common wisdom is that all the new development, or at least all the interesting development in San Francisco, is South of Market. This of course makes news because it represents a sea change from the prior 100+ years when “south of the slot” was the industrial, working class (or worse) sector of the city. Where grows San Francisco?
I find it hard to eke out the time to write for UrbDeZine I am so busy with those pesky paying clients. As anyone who looks around or reads the trade press can tell you, the development economy is San Francisco is very good indeed. However, as we all know, capitalism is by its very nature boom and bust, and especially so in Francisco, ever since its founding in the 1849 Gold Rush. And as we also know, the San Francisco electorate is notoriously nervous about changes to the physical fabric of the city. It was this latter phenomena that gave us a serious jolt on November 5. Tale of two cities implodes on 8 Washington
San Francisco – After all the projects proposed over the years for San Francisco’s waterfront, one would think city authorities would be asking more questions about the latest proposal for dilapidated Piers 30-32.
Located at the base of the Bay Bridge, with spectacular Bay views, the crumbling 13-acre piers owned by the Port of San Francisco are now used for parking. Waterfront Warriors? What?
A new revision to the ADA became law recently. The new ABA-ADA guidelines and related regulations became effective July 26, 2011.
Large-scale waterfront renewal is one of the most dynamic areas of urban design today. New York City just unveiled their first city wide plan for the waterfront in two decades and it’s goal is to reconnect New Yorkers with their waterfront. New Orleans is still struggling with Katrina’s water management policies, bogged down in politics, economics, and regional planning. And, of course, Japan’s recent tsunami is a wake up call for every waterfront city. THE NEW WATERFRONT: SAN FRANCISCO’S AMERICAN CUP CATALYST
In the summer of 2009, the San Diego Redevelopment Agency (SDRA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) looking for creative proposals for the adaptive reuse of the former JC Penney Building on University Avenue at Ray Street in North Park (the neighborhood North of San Diego’s Balboa Park – its 1,200 acre urban cultural park).
The excellent condition and high quality of the design of the existing building, a landmark in North Park, requires an approach that features both direct architectural intervention and subtle restraint. Why Not? North Park?!