urban planning http://kalw.org en Sights and Sounds of Bayview: Tracy Zhu's 'Toxic Tours' http://kalw.org/post/sights-and-sounds-bayview-tracy-zhus-toxic-tours <p></p><p><strong>Watch: &nbsp;</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kbEOWMLVMfo" width="420"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:35:53 +0000 Laura Flynn 32831 at http://kalw.org Sights and Sounds of Bayview: Tracy Zhu's 'Toxic Tours' Preserving neighborhood character by design http://kalw.org/post/preserving-neighborhood-character-design <p>The first time I went to Pacific Heights, I expected to be surrounded by mansions, flower gardens, and expensive boutiques. Those weren&#39;t difficult to find, but while sitting in Lafayette Park during my first visit, I was surprised to see eight story apartment buildings nestled in between gold trimmed Victorian houses. That&#39;s when I began to investigate what was behind that juxtaposition &ndash; and what it meant in a neighborhood with a history of fighting up-zoning to preserve its dignified nature.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:54:30 +0000 Fatima Duran 14337 at http://kalw.org Preserving neighborhood character by design San Francisco fights to keep the ocean at bay http://kalw.org/post/san-francisco-fights-keep-ocean-bay <p>The only thing more powerful than human will is Mother Nature. At San Francisco&rsquo;s Ocean Beach, the two forces have done battle for years over wave erosion, but only the city has something to lose. With the safety of its wastewater treatment plant at stake on the one hand and a lawsuit on the other, San Francisco&rsquo;s planners are attempting to find a solution that will placate Mother Nature and avoid the most expensive fix: retreat.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:24:57 +0000 Jayme Catsouphes 8089 at http://kalw.org San Francisco fights to keep the ocean at bay