Neighborhood Open Space: Why Nice Community Ideas Don't Always Work Out in Real Life

Neighborhood Open Space: Why Nice Community Ideas Don't Always Work Out in Real Life

SOMA’s Tutubi Plaza and Annie Alley pavement-to-plaza-and-back-to-pavement sagas show how the best of intentions and wonderful ideas are just not enough. Successful, clean and safe public spaces also need full-time responsible managers to succeed. And so do public parks.

San Francisco Voters Very Strongly Favor Maintaining or Increasing the Requirements for Inclusionary Affordable Housing in New Market Rate Developments!

The Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium, the advocacy arm of the South of Market affordable housing developer TODCO Group, commissioned a poll of likely San Francisco voters by David Binder and Associates last week to research public opinions about the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing laws. Two competing proposals are now pending legislative action by the City’s Board of Supervisors. One is proposed by the Mayor’s Office, the other by Supervisors Kim and Peskin. Here are the key findings of that poll.

Community/City Building Success: The Sixth Street Redevelopment Project

Community/City Building Success: The Sixth Street Redevelopment Project

The new Bill Sorro Community apartments that opened this month is the final project - the "completion" - of the 1990 South of Market (Sixth Street) Redevelopment Area, the City's most ambitious Loma Prieta Earthquake recovery effort. It only took 27 years!

Neighborhood Place-Making Essentials: The Neighborhood Bar - Part 3

Neighborhood Place-Making Essentials: The Neighborhood Bar - Part 3

But i’m not feeling that vibe in SOMA much anymore, not with today’s generation of new arrivals. The clubs and bars are full certainly, but they feel like a package, like tourist places do, not authentic and rooted. Am i just missing it?

Will there be a Next Generation of Neighborhood Bars in SOMA to replace the last one?

Neighborhood Place-Making Essentials: The Neighborhood Bar - Part 1

Neighborhood Place-Making Essentials: The Neighborhood Bar - Part 1

I’ve spent more total hours of my life in San Francisco in the neighborhood bars/cafés of North Beach and SOMA (and some other places) than anywhere else. So I have to postulate that no place can really be a genuine Neighborhood without an honest-to-god Neighborhood Bar.

The planner/analyst in me requires a definition in order to address a topic, so here it is: a neighborhood bar/café is a modest storefront business offering beer/wine at least, if not a full bar, with a distinct personality and a core clientele of regulars from the local community and beyond who ‘hang’ and socialize there, that has been that way for at least five years –  usually much longer.