Stories about Land Use

Turn the Flower Mart into tech offices? Say it’s not so

By Zelda Bronstein The Flower Mart, a beloved San Francisco institution, is in danger of falling victim to the City Hall-stoked tech real estate boom. The...

How light-industrial space can be saved: The lesson of 2 Henry Adams

By Zelda Bronstein AUGUST 19, 2014 -- One of the top San Francisco business stories of early summer revolved around the question: Would the city...

Who’s going to enforce the new Airbnb law? Because nobody is doing it now

By Tim Redmond AUG. 5, 2014 -- The biggest issue for the San Francisco Planning Commission Thursday might lurk in the weeds behind all of...

The Wild West of zoning: Go ahead, create DNA-altered glow-in-the-dark roses in SoMa. Nobody’s watching.

By Zelda Bronstein In recent weeks 48 hills has revealed that the Planning Department’s lax enforcement of San Francisco’s zoning laws has allowed the illegal...

When all roads lead to SF City Hall, what will the mayor do?

By Tim Redmond When Sup. David Campos was seeking support for his bill to raise relocation fees for Ellis Act evictions, he asked the mayor...

The Airbnb files — how a friend of the mayor avoids law-enforcement

By Tim Redmond JUNE 16, 2014 -- The San Francisco Chronicle has finally noticed that Airbnb is having a huge impact on housing in the...

How SF lets developers cheat Muni and affordable housing out of millions

By Zelda Bronstein When the San Francisco Planning Department allows property zoned for Production, Distribution, and Repair – also known as PDR -- to be...

Why SF City Planning can’t protect local industry from office encroachment: An alarming case study

By Zelda Bronstein MAY 29, 2014 -- At its May Day meeting, the San Francisco Planning Commission took a stand for blue-collar jobs, affordable housing,...

Tom’s Town: Finally, we win a name change

By Tom Temprano APRIL 18 -- Willie Brown may have his bridge, Dianne Feinstein may someday have her airport (or terminal), but I’m thrilled to...

Does private zoning trump public zoning? Do we care?

By Tim Redmond You don't hear much about Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions in San Francisco these days. The "CC&Rs," as they are called, are private...