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(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF’s shrinking population of children raises concern for city planners

An educational presentation on San Francisco's low population of children took place…

 

Hundreds of protesters gather at San Francisco's City Hall asking lawmakers for a moratorium on evictions and luxury-priced housing development in the Mission District. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

SF planning director calls gentrification ‘undeniable, and of serious concern’

The head of the Planning Department acknowledged in a letter Friday the…

 

2417 Mission St, the location Doc's Clock would like to move into. (Photo: Google Maps)

Planning Commission to review Doc’s Clock’s relocation plans

The future of longtime Mission Street bar Doc's Clock is in the…

 

A view looking south over the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, September 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF seeks to upzone Central SoMa neighborhood

San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood is preparing for a renaissance. With…

A view looking south over the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, September 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The Academy of Art University is one of San Francisco’s largest property owners and landlords. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sides drawn in lawsuit filed by SF against Academy of Art

The Academy of Art University may have cleared a major hurdle last…

The Academy of Art University is one of San Francisco’s largest property owners and landlords. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A housing development at 900 Folsom St. in South of Market. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

New SoMa plan could produce $2B for SF

San Francisco hopes to change city rules for part of the South…

A housing development at 900 Folsom St. in South of Market. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera speaks to the media during a news conference announcing a lawsuit against Academy of Art University at his office in City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, May 6, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF leaders paint Academy of Art as ‘land-use scofflaw’ in new lawsuit

San Francisco leaders railed the Academy of Art University on Friday for…

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera speaks to the media during a news conference announcing a lawsuit against Academy of Art University at his office in City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, May 6, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Customers are handed their lunch while dining at the original Mel's Drive-In Diner on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco, Calif. Monday, April 18, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

In unusual twist amid development boom, Mel’s Drive-In will not be torn down for housing

In an unusual twist in San Francisco’s development boom saga, a longtime…

Customers are handed their lunch while dining at the original Mel's Drive-In Diner on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco, Calif. Monday, April 18, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
As city planners consider a Caltrain extension in Mission Bay, conflicting plans have emerged about whether segment of I-280 must come down. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Battle of the blueprints: Should I-280 stay or should it go?

Some San Francisco residents are roaring over a study to explore tearing…

As city planners consider a Caltrain extension in Mission Bay, conflicting plans have emerged about whether segment of I-280 must come down. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Teatro ZinZanni and its famed Spiegel tent are exploring the possibility of returning to San Francisco’s waterfront. (Courtesy Michael Craft)

SF planners question second act for historic Teatro ZinZanni tent

San Francisco planners are hesitant to let the much-beloved Teatro ZinZanni tent…

Teatro ZinZanni and its famed Spiegel tent are exploring the possibility of returning to San Francisco’s waterfront. (Courtesy Michael Craft)
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More violations found in Academy of Art buildings

The process of determining how to bring all 40 buildings in San…

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Strange path to density bonuses

San Francisco, known for its varied neighborhoods, has seen them convulsed recently…

A change to The City’s Affordable Housing Bonus Program aims to incentivize more below-market-rate housing built in exchange for allowing taller or denser buildings. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner0

Latest version of Affordable Housing Bonus Program exempts projects that demolish any housing

City planners have further amended elements of a proposed program that aims…

A change to The City’s Affordable Housing Bonus Program aims to incentivize more below-market-rate housing built in exchange for allowing taller or denser buildings. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner0
Hundreds of protestors gather at San Francisco City Hall in May 2015 to ask lawmakers to a moratorium on evictions and luxury-priced housing development in the Mission district. The Planning Commission on Thursday adopted interim controls for certain market-rate projects in the Mission. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Planning Commission adds extra scrutiny for market-rate development in the Mission

For the next 15 months, the nearly two dozen development projects in…

Hundreds of protestors gather at San Francisco City Hall in May 2015 to ask lawmakers to a moratorium on evictions and luxury-priced housing development in the Mission district. The Planning Commission on Thursday adopted interim controls for certain market-rate projects in the Mission. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is seeking to absorb its pharmacy on 18th Street, into its clinic on Castro Street (pictured). However, surrounding neighbors and members of the business district are opposing the move. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

HIV/AIDS clinic faces hurdles in attempt to consolidate services

A plan to consolidate a Castro district pharmacy and clinic serving those…

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is seeking to absorb its pharmacy on 18th Street, into its clinic on Castro Street (pictured). However, surrounding neighbors and members of the business district are opposing the move. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Planning Commission voted against legislation that would skip the need for conditional use permits. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Planning Commission OKs law to tighten restrictions for removing residential units

City officials must weigh in on the removal of any residential unit…

The Planning Commission voted against legislation that would skip the need for conditional use permits. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Sonoma State University staff archaeologist Kyle Rabellino recovers what looked to be old sewing machine parts and broken pottery from an excavation being done on Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The artifacts were discovered while workers were digging during construction of the Central Subway. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Archaeologists unearth slice of pre-1906 earthquake Chinatown amid Central Subway construction

Residents and visitors of San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods in recent years have…

Sonoma State University staff archaeologist Kyle Rabellino recovers what looked to be old sewing machine parts and broken pottery from an excavation being done on Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The artifacts were discovered while workers were digging during construction of the Central Subway. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Developers who plan to build two four-story residential buildings in place of the gas station at 25th Avenue and California Street would be subject to the Affordable Housing Bonus Program, allowing taller buildings for more below-market-rate units. (Connor Hunt/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Residents alarmed by program encouraging density in residential developments

It’s widely agreed that more than one solution is needed to solve…

Developers who plan to build two four-story residential buildings in place of the gas station at 25th Avenue and California Street would be subject to the Affordable Housing Bonus Program, allowing taller buildings for more below-market-rate units. (Connor Hunt/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF seeks to further incentivize developers to build below-market-rate homes

City officials plan to encourage private developers to build more below-market-rate units…

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Number of ‘Google Bus Stops’ grow, even in the west, activists say

Where the “Google buses” go, evictions follow. And those private shuttles are…

(Courtesy antievictionmap.squarespace.com)