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350 Mission passes flimsy CEQA appeal

350 Mission Street is a 375-foot proposed office tower to be built at the corner of Mission and Fremont Streets in downtown San Francisco.  The site, which currently has a low-rise building occupied by Heald College, is catty-corner to the large construction site that will become the Transbay Transit Center. 350 Mission is a solid … Continue reading

New parking controls in the works for South of Market and Mission Bay

As various neighborhoods in San Francisco have been rezoned in recent years to encourage density while maintaining livability, plans like Market/Octavia and Eastern Neighborhoods have called for minimum off-street parking requirements to be eliminated and instead replaced with parking maximums. This week the San Francisco Planning Commission will consider an ordinance that seeks to do … Continue reading

DPW holds hearing this week for two proposed parklets

This Wednesday, December 15, 2010, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will hold a hearing (PDF) to gather public comment on two parklets — extensions of the sidewalk built in parking spots to make space for outdoor seating — that have been proposed in San Francisco.  One parklet would be installed on Post Street between Jones and Leavenworth, in front … Continue reading

A new direction for the BART Board of Directors: The choice is ours

If there is a silver lining to be found in the protracted Oakland Airport Connector debate and other BART drama that has ensued over the past couple of years, it’s that BART’s Board of Directors and the agency generally have been subject to an extra measure of public scrutiny.  There’s a related silver lining: candidates emerging to challenge lackluster incumbent directors.  And … Continue reading


Yesterday, the Appeal published a weekend Muni update mentioning a permanent bus stop relocation that will go into effect starting this weekend.  The update is ostensibly sourced from the SFMTA, although the agency’s official transit updates page lacks any mention of this particular item.  The bus stop at issue — served by the 8X, 30, … Continue reading

Transbay Transit Center: Groundbreaking Ceremony

News media writeups: KTVU, ABC, CBS, Examiner, and SF Gate blog posts here and here.

Transbay Terminal: The Final Hour

In the early morning hours of August 7, a relatively small but devoted group of transit advocates gathered at First and Mission to participate in the historic final closure of the Transbay Terminal.  We were joined by many others — including AC Transit Director Chris Peeples, TJPA Executive Director Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, as well as photographers … Continue reading

Farewell, Transbay Terminal

The day has finally arrived.  The Transbay Terminal — in operation since January 15, 1939, first as a rail hub, and then as a bus station since 1959 — will close permanently tonight, in preparation for its upcoming demolition. The Terminal will close shortly after midnight, following a few final AC Transit runs.  After several … Continue reading

“It would be a circus”

In light of the need to accommodate more housing in the Bay Area’s inner ring cities, this blog does not condone the cries of neighbors who protest height and density, simply to safeguard their parking spots or preserve their personal views.  But at the same time, it cannot condone the rubber stamping of every project … Continue reading

555 Fulton: When Parking By-Right Just Isn’t Enough

The San Francisco Planning Department has prepared an environmental document (mitigated negative declaration) for 555 Fulton (link to off-site 2.3 MB PDF).  555 Fulton is a five-story mixed-use residential and commercial project to be constructed on Fulton between Octavia and Laguna, in Hayes Valley.  In terms of zones, the project site is in the Hayes-Gough … Continue reading


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