Liz Pfeffer http://kalw.org en Must love broccoli: A community garden plays matchmaker http://kalw.org/post/must-love-broccoli-community-garden-plays-matchmaker <p class="p1">San Franciscans love to garden, but a backyard is hard to come by if you live in an apartment. And the 36 city-operated community gardens have wait lists with hundreds of names on them.</p><p class="p1">That’s why the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department had to get creative on the Golden Gate Park Community Garden.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:12:55 +0000 Liz Pfeffer 42109 at http://kalw.org Must love broccoli: A community garden plays matchmaker From a landlord's perspective: Small property owners feel slighted in extreme housing market http://kalw.org/post/landlords-perspective-small-property-owners-feel-slighted-extreme-housing-market <p></p><p>San Francisco’s real estate prices, rents and eviction rates are at an all-time high, causing real tension between tenants and landlords.&nbsp; Frequently we hear from renters about the struggles of living in the city, but it’s not often that we hear from the owners of their buildings.</p><p>In San Francisco, about one third of the population are property owners. Those who are small-time landlords are struggling to maintain solvency in this explosive housing market.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:30:07 +0000 Liz Pfeffer 40868 at http://kalw.org From a landlord's perspective: Small property owners feel slighted in extreme housing market A technologist's house finds its voice on Twitter http://kalw.org/post/technologists-house-finds-its-voice-twitter <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">In the Oscar-nominated film "Her," director Spike </span>Jonze<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> imagines a world where computers are so human-like they have their own feelings. Whether this idea is closer to fact or science fiction, artificially intelligent operating systems like the one voiced by Scarlett Johansson won’t be on the consumer market for a long time. </span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:59:49 +0000 Liz Pfeffer 40217 at http://kalw.org A technologist's house finds its voice on Twitter The mysterious roots of a homegrown language http://kalw.org/post/mysterious-roots-homegrown-language <p>A few hours north of San Francisco is the town of Boonville, nestled in the quaint Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. Like Silicon Valley, this place is known for its innovations in communication – but in a completely different way.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:51:38 +0000 Liz Pfeffer & Kristina Loring 36171 at http://kalw.org The mysterious roots of a homegrown language Addressing chronic homelessness with permanent supportive housing http://kalw.org/post/addressing-chronic-homelessness-permanent-supportive-housing <p class="p1">California has the largest concentration of homeless veterans in the nation, and in San Francisco, it’s likely that more than 700 homeless vets will sleep on the street or in shelters this Veterans Day.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">According to Bevan Dufty, director of San Francisco’s Housing, Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (<a href="http://www.sfmayor.org/index.aspx?page=903">HOPE</a>) program, housing homeless veterans is a high priority for the city. And the number of homeless veterans has decreased since last year, thanks in part to the opening of a permanent supportive housing facility called <a href="http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/tag/veterans-commons/">Veterans Commons</a>. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:52:16 +0000 Liz Pfeffer 35733 at http://kalw.org Addressing chronic homelessness with permanent supportive housing