In the 1970s, we crossed a global threshold when the rate of human demand for ecological resources began to outpace the rate at which nature could provide them. Today, we consume the equivalent of 1.5 earths in terms of the resources we use and the natural systems we rely on to absorb our waste... Read On
Recently San Francisco got a slight scare. Its most famous tech company was expanding fast and needed space for new workers. However, the amount of office space needed was either split over multiple buildings or outside of the city. We often talk about the need to keep companies in cities and make sure they have incentives to stay, however this might be one of the major challenges of keeping buisinesses in the places where people can take transit or bike/walk to work. Jeff Tumlin of Nelson Nygaard discusses building floor plates and what that means for companies that want to stay in cities.
FREE lunch - heck, free breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus all the M&Ms and Red Bull you can stand - is a delicious perk of working in Silicon Valley. Free or even subsidized food in corporate cafeterias makes eminent sense in such a suburban setting. ..
Just days before bike lanes were scheduled to be striped on eastern Cesar Chavez Street, an SFMTA staffer told a group of neighbors, advocates and others at a community meeting last night that the plan to replace one of the street's travel lanes was being scrapped... Read On
San Franciscans have been throwing compostable waste into the "third bin" for 15 years now, since we began a composting pilot program in 1996. But anyone who thinks the third bin has only tertiary importance should know that since its beginning, San Francisco's composting program has offset 354,600 metric tons of greenhouse gasses... Read On
Just about any of the roughly 20,000 regular Muni riders who take the 6 or 71 lines every day can tell you their bus can come to a crawl as they make the turns at Laguna Street. Decades ago, the easternmost block of Haight Street was turned into a one-way street in the opposite direction, forcing inbound buses onto a notoriously slow and unnecessary detour, often called the "dog leg"... Read On
Feeling safe is crucial if we hope to have people embrace city space. In general, life and people themselves make the city more inviting and safe in terms of both experienced and perceived security. In this section we deal with the safe city issue with the goal of ensuring good cities by inviting walking, biking and staying. ... Read On
While Seattle plays around on the margins, LA, Cincinnati, and San Francisco are taking big bites out of big apples. Their secrets: fast timetables, cross-sectoral coordination, and steamroller centrism... Read On
Keeping San Francisco from becoming a forest of skyscrapers once dominated conversations about development in The City. Opposition to such "Manhattanization" was a platform that environmentalists, neighborhood groups and outright foes of development used to block construction projects... Read On
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead Tuesday to a $1.2 billion plan to transform the sprawling Parkmerced area from a car-centric neighborhood to a state-of-the-art sustainable neighborhood... Read On