If the four decades of sluggish revitalization progress in The City’s mid-Market Street neighborhood are any indication, it will take more than street murals to fix the heart of San Francisco. The plight of the violent and run-down section of Market Street — roughly between Fifth Street and Van Ness Avenue — has been taken on by almost every mayor since the 1960s, but small efforts have not given way to many lasting fixes. Read More
To Pam Quiton, the opportunity to live in LGBT-friendly low-income senior housing would be “heaven.”The 55-year-old lesbian said she would leave her one-room Mission district home in a heartbeat if such a place existed. Quiton has rheumatoid arthritis and lives in a neighborhood where she has been robbed and regularly hears death threats outside her windows.“I think it’s a great idea,” she said of an LGBT-friendly living community. “We’re like a history book. They do such a good job of keeping historic buildings — why not preserve the historic LGBT seniors?” Read More
An accident at a construction site in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood this morning sent four workers to the hospital, three with serious injuries, a fire battalion chief said. The accident was reported at about 8 a.m. at a six-story building under construction at 19th and Illinois streets. San Francisco fire Battalion Chief Charles Crane said workers were pouring concrete when three men working on the sixth floor fell three stories into the drying concrete. They were seriously injured, he said. Read More
The Downtown San Mateo Association wants property owners to pay for taking downtown maintenance into their own hands.To prepare for what association Director Rob Edwards says is a $10 million rollback of redevelopment-funded services — from police foot patrols and public works to trash pickup and economic development — he and some property and business owners are circulating a petition to create a property-based improvement district. Read More
Supervisor Scott Wiener is not against banks. But he said a neighborhood with too many banks, closed at night and most of the weekend, can be just plain boring — and very un-San Francisco.Wiener sent a letter to The City’s Planning Commission on Thursday calling for bank branches to be included among other chain retail locations subject to special “conditional use” approval from the commission and scrutiny from residents.The Planning Department does not consider banks in the category of formula retail under Proposition G, Read More
As NFL owners and players continue wrangling over the terms of a proposed contract, talk of a new Bay Area stadium has become a tale of two teams and three cities.
Whenever a deal is finally inked, football backers are hoping it will include money to help build a new home for the 49ers and Raiders.
In 2006, a prior NFL labor pact established a $300 million loan to help pave the way for construction of New Meadowlands Stadium, which is shared by the New York Giants and Jets. Read More
A two-story home in the Outer Sunset neighborhood is under a spotlight following complaints that property owners have turned it into an illegal rental unit.
According to a complaint filed recently by the City Attorney’s Office, the home at 1562 34th Ave. violates city building and health codes because work done in 2007 went above and beyond what officials approved. Read More
A lawsuit filed Monday against The City over massive redevelopment plans for Treasure Island calls for the project’s voluminous environmental impact report to be redone. Opponents contend it doesn’t fully describe the scope of the project or its impact on Bay Bridge traffic. Read More
BART’s controversial Oakland Airport Connector project is forecast to come in a couple million dollars under budget, according to the latest updates on the undertaking. Read More
A plan to build more than 10,000 new homes in southeastern San Francisco is set to move forward — albeit in a somewhat delayed fashion — after a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Monday on a lawsuit arguing homebuilder Lennar Corp. failed to identify potential health impacts at the Hunters Point Shipyard site.In a 37-page ruling, Judge Ernest Goldsmith sided with Lennar on upholding the adequacy of its environmental impact report in all but one regard — the early transfer of land from the U.S. Navy to the company for cleanup. Read More