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7 SF neighborhoods everyone should be watching

Treasure Island, Central SoMa, the Outer Sunset, and others face new development and radical change.

SF could ban (almost) all new office development in the Mission

Expansion of former Lyft building was the final straw

Plan for 1,100 homes at Balboa Reservoir finally moves forward

A small step for a proposal more than three decades in the making.

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How SF neighborhoods got their names

An almost definitive etymological guide.

New legislation would bar COVID-19-related commercial evictions

"The last thing our community and our economy need is permanent mass closure of small businesses," says Sen. Scott Wiener.

SF’s chief building inspector named in fraud scandal

Mayor London Breed says DBI Director Tom Hui must leave in wake of allegations.

Sen. Scott Wiener wants to eliminate single-family zoning in SF

Persistent SF-based lawmaker’s new bid would upzone nearly 60 percent of the city.

New bill would allow churches and hospitals to build housing on their land

Faith can be your shelter, but it probably shouldn’t be the only one.

Voters likely to cap SF office construction with Proposition E

Proposition says no more office development unless SF puts housing first—the hard way.

Can we make building affordable housing cheaper in the Bay Area?

"It costs upwards of $750,000 to build a single unit of housing in San Francisco, and California has a 3.5 million housing unit shortage."

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These are SF’s biggest canceled or delayed housing projects

What happens to a dream deferred?

The ‘Monster in the Mission’ is officially dead

The 7.5-year battle comes to an end.

Who are the Bay Area’s NIMBYs—and what do they want?

Anti-development groups, which have largely flown under San Francisco’s political radar, have won elections, secured appointments, and halted high-density developments.

Will the city’s newest neighborhood name stick?


In Potrero Hill, 395 homes pruned for SF Flower Mart instead

Gardening plot afoot.

Tenderloin housing site to become drug sobering center

The campaign to turn empty lot into "village" for homeless passed over in favor of rehab site.

Huge waterfront power plant development with 2,600 homes approved

Planners heap praise on 16-year plan.

Pivotal transit-housing bill fails Senate vote

Third time isn’t a charm.

Lawsuit aims to stop thousands of planned Treasure Island homes

Former and current island residents allege deadly radiation risk remains despite public assurances.

Shipyard radiation tests around housing were sound, scientist panel says, but questions remain

A review says the SF Shipyard isn’t radioactive, but didn’t address deeper concerns about the scandal-plagued real-estate project.

As retail dies, should Union Square turn into a residential neighborhood?


Soaring Van Ness high-rise delayed yet again

400 homes are ready to start construction, but the developer wants to wait another two years.

Why is it so hard for the Bay Area to build megaprojects?

Major infrastructure projects are necessary for the Bay Area to address climate change and keep its growing population moving.

Yes, this study found that new housing drives down nearby rents

But there’s a catch when it comes to SF.

Location for San Francisco’s newest Navigation Center proposal announced

It will be two blocks away from another one.

SF’s new fourth-tallest building tantalizingly closer to reality

Chinatown opposition to Howard Street high-rise evaporates.

Scott Wiener tries to save transit-housing bill with major makeover

State senator gives SB 50 one more shot.

Much-needed apartments at Berkeley Shattuck Cinemas site canceled

Despite approval four years ago, Harold Way development never broke ground—and now it never will.

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Where SF plans to build its next 40,000 homes

The 12 largest new developments, all of them years away from completion.

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A guide to the high-rise projects transforming San Francisco

Here are the buildings poised to change the city’s skyline for good.

Dramatic, elliptical 14-story building set for SoMa

It will be located two blocks from the ever-delayed Central Subway.

Bernal Heights housing project approved after 41 years

"Somebody crazy not giving up" finally wins new homes.

SF considers plan to encourage development in Sunset and Richmond districts

ABAG proposal is non-binding, but could signal future interest in breaking density taboos on west side.

Condo plans for Lucky 13 site nearly triple in volume

New developer proposes 90 homes at location of seemingly immortal Market Street bar.

California transit-housing bill trashed in SF ahead of new push

State Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50 decried at City Hall for second time this year.

SF’s proposed fourth-tallest building shrinks, cuts housing

Developers seek general plan change for Pelli Clarke Pelli tower design.

Neighbors appeal to block ‘pre-apocalyptic’ Outer Sunset housing

Green Party politician calls 20-unit Judah Street building "toxic."

Mare Island bought by new developer

New headwind behind Vallejo shipyard redevelopment after sale.

SF favors clearing UCSF Laurel Heights campus for homes

Save the trees pleas cut short.