A roundup of news and multimedia from the Unfamiliar Terrain team:
- These three new blocks of housing are among S.F.’s best. They’re for the formerly homeless (S.F. Chronicle): Exploring three recently completed complexes in San Francisco, and how they provide both shelter and services to improve lives.
- More than a dozen small businesses to get free downtown locations as part of S.F. recovery effort (Business Journals): Describing the City’s Vacant to Vibrant program, one aspect of the Mayor’s larger Roadmap to Downtown San Francisco’s Future, which aims to fill a growing number of storefronts that now sit empty in the wake of the pandemic.
- Bad Math: The Middle-Income Housing Crisis (SPUR): A short documentary on middle-income housing through the eyes of a San Francisco high school math teacher.
- Why the AI boom is different from San Francisco’s last tech surge (S.F. Chronicle): Will this latest tech industry surge have similar effects on the City as the last two?
- Replacing struggling mall with downtown soccer stadium subject of new S.F. feasibility study (Business Journals): The Mayor indicates that momentum is building around an idea to replace Westfield Centre with a downtown soccer stadium.
California and Beyond
- An evaluation of streamlined housing production under SB 35 after five years (firsttuesday): Exploring the impacts of SB 35 since its implementation in 2018.
- The Anti-California (The Atlantic): How Montana transformed its land-use policies in an attempt to fix its housing crisis.
- This is Public Housing. Just Don’t Call It That. (N.Y. Times): Showcasing a unique multi-family public-housing development in Montgomery County, Maryland, the controlling owner of which is a government agency.
- How to Convert Empty Offices into Luxury Apartments (Wall Street Journal): A video providing an inside look into the challenges behind converting office buildings into housing.