development

Meet Oakland's Birdman — before he's gone

May 4, 2016

 

In Oakland, just past Jack London Square, there’s a zone along the water that’s a little wild. It’s past the new condos and great restaurants, past the wholesale produce warehouses that open for business before dawn, and down the channel from Lake Merritt’s newly landscaped park. It’s an in-between space. But change is coming from both sides.

 

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Apr 26, 2016
Flickr user Daniel ............ / used under CC license / resized and cropped

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

 

San Francisco Torn as Some See ‘Street Behavior’ Worsen // New York Times

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, April 7, 2016

Apr 7, 2016
By Shereen Adel

Here's What's Happening in the Bay Area as Curated by KALW News:

In wake of mural fight, Oakland developer agrees to hundreds of thousands of dollars in concessions // San Francisco Business Journal

Image courtesy Thompson Dorfman

 

 

For decades, development investors didn’t want to touch Oakland. In 1997, one economist called the city an “ugly duckling in a bay of swans.” But these days, Oakland is one of the “hottest,” or fastest-growing, real estate markets in the country.

By Jacksonian. Cropped from original. Used under CC license: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jacksonian/

Mayor Ed Lee was a big winner, yesterday, in San Francisco’s elections, for more reasons than just being voted into another term in office.

 


 

If you live in San Francisco, you’ve got local elections coming up next month; are you planning on voting? Last year, only about a third of eligible San Franciscans made it out to the polls. This year you might want to.

 

Art Agnos

 

On November 3rd, the San Francisco Giants will ask voters to support Proposition D for permission to build a neighborhood of high-rises, homes, restaurants and shops on the parking lot across from McCovey Cove.

99% Invisible: Holdout

Sep 26, 2014

On this week's edition of 99% Invisible:

“Holdout”  Around 2005, a Seattle neighborhood called Ballard started to see unprecedented growth.  Developers offered a woman named Edith Macefield $750,000 for her small house.  Macefield turned down the money, and developers went ahead and enveloped her house on three sides with a shopping mall.

Friday at 7:35am & 4:45pm, Saturday at 8:35am.

San Francisco's Hunters Point Shipyard has played many roles. In the 1940s, it became a magnet for African Americans migrating from the South seeking jobs in the Navy's shipbuilding and maintenance industry. In the 1970s, when the military started to leave, it became an empty shell – a massive, polluted space eventually designated a Superfund site. Now, it's being redeveloped with the promise of new housing, jobs and open space. But in today's San Francisco, who is it for?

  

  

Audrey DIlling

Palo Alto is one of the country’s wealthiest cities. Yet, a recent study by the Council on Aging Silicon Valley found that more than 20 percent of residents over 60 years old live near or below the poverty line. This reality makes competition stiff for the limited affordable housing options available.

What are the history and effects of gentrification?

Jun 5, 2013