A roundup of news and multimedia from the Unfamiliar Terrain team:
- Housing Wonks on a Mission to Shorten S.F.’s Permitting Process (Fixing Our City Podcast): Assemblymember Matt Haney and YIMBY advocate Bilal Mahmood explain how to spur housing construction.
- Planning Commission approves major legislative package to boost downtown San Francisco (San Francisco Business Times): Zoning changes to older office buildings and the Union Square Corridor.
- S.F. OKs housing plan on infamous Nordstrom parking lot, plus 2 more contentious sites (San Francisco Chronicle): Planning Commission approves projects at 469 Stevenson St., 1181 Washington St., and 3832 18th St.
- Fire Sale: $300 Million San Francisco Office Tower, Mostly Empty. Open to Offers. (The Wall Street Journal): 350 California Street could sell for 80% less due to rising vacancy rates.
- SF office foot traffic still worst in the nation, but slowly improving (The Real Deal): Average office visits were 58.4 percent below pre-pandemic levels.
- Alameda County’s Eviction Moratorium Ended Saturday. What’s Next for Renters (and Landlords)? (KQED): Tens of thousands of Alameda County residents must pay rent for the first time in three years.
- California Isn’t Special (The Atlantic): No one wants “California-style” housing prices, but are the state’s policies unique?
- Why free street parking could be costing you hundreds more in rent (The Washington Post): What parking really costs you.