Most gardens are firmly rooted in the ground. But a new idea in San Francisco would make planting spaces movable so they can use land for a short time before being relocated.
The project, called Nomad Gardens, looks to combine the availability of land that is waiting to be developed with the desire of San Franciscans to participate in urban gardening and food production.
The idea grew when Nomad founder Stephanie Houston moved to the Mission Bay neighborhood in 2009 and tried to garden in her apartment. Read More
A development across the street from the proposed waterfront basketball arena could house a 200-room hotel, 125 residential units and 34,000 square feet of retail space, according to information the Warriors provided to The City. Read More
Waterfront open space is a key aspect of the early design of a proposed new arena for the Warriors, including an open-air walkway around the building that would lead to a public observation deck and rooftop viewing platform.
Initial proposals for the 17,500-seat arena and a related retail project on Piers 30-32 were unveiled Monday by the basketball team and the two companies it hired to design the project — Snøhetta and AECOM.
Two public-housing sites in San Francisco will start the design process to build new mixed-use developments after receiving grants from the federal government.
Mayor Ed Lee, city officials and community leaders joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday to announce that San Francisco was awarded two $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. With the money, Bridge Housing Corp. and Sunnydale Development Co. will be able to develop new plans for mixed-use housing at sites in Potrero Hill and Sunnydale. Read More
Buildings planned in the area around the future Transbay Transit Center in South of Market will be able to cast shadows that will sweep across several open spaces.
If a development would cast a shadow over parks or open space in The City, it has to receive approval from the Planning and Recreation and Park commissions under a voter-approved proposition from the 1980s and subsequent planning codes. Read More
San Francisco is one of only two cities in California that could have its bond rating improved — a step that might make it less expensive for The City to borrow funds for infrastructure projects.
Moody’s Investors Services announced Tuesday that dozens of cities across the state will be reviewed for possible bond rating downgrades amid concerns about bankruptcies and defaults on bonds. Read More
Pershing County has fired back at Burning Man in a legal argument over a major fee increase that could threaten the future of the Nevada desert event.
In August, Burning Man filed a lawsuit claiming the county had illegally levied against it a new festival ordinance. The suit says that since the event is held on federal land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, the county cannot impose fees that exceed what is agreed to in the federal permitting process. Read More
The City’s ever-escalating housing and rental prices, already some of the highest in the state, will continue to grow and challenge San Franciscans and their leaders in the coming years, according to new projections from a Wells Fargo economist. Read More
Roughly one in five jobs in San Francisco is tied to health care, an industry that pumps $16.7 billion a year into San Francisco’s economy, according to a new study released today.
Industry observers credit the explosive growth of UC San Francisco and The City’s payroll tax exemptions for biotech companies as some of the keys to the local industry’s growing dynamism. The report also credits San Francisco for having top-tier hospitals that attract patients for their state-of-the-art research and clinical practices. Read More
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano vows to keep working on legislation designed to limit law enforcement from reporting illegal immigrants after the governor vetoed such a bill over the weekend.
Assembly Bill 1081 would have stopped local law enforcement officials from detaining people for immigration holds unless the reason they were arrested or convicted was for a serious or violent felony. Read More
A new restaurant could be in place on Marina Green in time for the 2013 America’s Cup races if the plans are approved in time.
The Recreation and Park Department has forwarded a lease agreement for a 720-square-foot former Navy building on the waterfront to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. The proposal is for a 10-year lease with Woodhouse Fish Co., a family-owned company that has two locations in The City. Read More
The tax plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown on the November ballot has more support than a competing measure, according to new polling numbers released today.
Proposition 30, the Brown proposal, would increase the tax on income exceeding $250,000 for seven years and increase the sales tax by one-quarter of 1 percent. In San Francisco, that would increase the sales tax from 8.5 percent to 8.75 percent. The money would primarily go toward education and public safety. Read More
Designers and planners of a proposed arena for the Warriors vowed Tuesday night to craft a design that honors its waterfront setting and incorporates sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the nearby Bay Bridge.
The Warriors have proposed building a 17,000- to 19,000-seat arena on Piers 30-32, just south of the bridge on The Embarcadero. In late August, the team announced the selection of two companies — Snøhetta and AECOM — as the project architects. Read More
In a bid to re-establish The City’s place among West Coast convention destinations, the Moscone Convention Center could add more than 200,000 square feet of underground and aboveground convention and meeting space.
San Francisco Travel Association President Joe D’Alessandro unveiled plans to add the meeting and exhibition space Friday during a San Francisco Business Times event about future development here. Read More
A poll that will be discussed today shows that 80 percent of people in San Francisco support a new waterfront arena for the Warriors once they learned about the project details.
Team officials announced in May that they want to privately finance an arena on Piers 30-32, a 13-acre structure that lies just south of the Bay Bridge, and move the team back to San Francisco in time for the 2017-18 basketball season. The arena would seat between 17,000 and 19,000 and be used for Warriors home games and about 200 other events during the year, according to team officials. Read More