Transit Victories of 2014


In 2014, San Francisco and Alameda County voters strongly affirmed their support for transit, walking, and cycling. In San Francisco, Prop L, a policy measure which sought to undermine the City’s transit-first policy, traffic calming, and innovative parking management programs, was resoundingly defeated in the November election. Proposition A, a $500 million bond for transit priority projects and […]

Livable City’s Action Plan for Housing marks a year of successes

Last December, Livable City put forward our Action Plan for Housing, a set of complementary strategies for making San Francisco a more livable, sustainable, and affordable city. We aimed to address San Francisco’s unprecedented housing crisis by putting forward a set of strategies for preserving existing housing and protecting tenants, while increasing the supply of housing that is […]

Endorsements for the November 4, 2014 election


2014 brings with it a packed ballot, both on matters of state and local importance. There are several important measures on the ballot this year that touch upon housing, transit, health, and a living wage. On Tuesday, voters will cast ballots on three key transportation-related measures. These measures can either help fund necessary infrastructure and […]

Converting garages in San Francisco

Réveille Coffee, at 4076 18th Street in the Castro, opened in a former garage space. Livable City helped author the ordinance that allowed this garage conversion.

In a city where housing is increasingly scarce and expensive, and where commercial rents are skyrocketing, converting garage spaces to new housing or storefronts can help make space for residents and neighborhood-serving small businesses. Converting garages can also improve neighborhood livability by restoring front gardens, green backyards, pedestrian-friendly building fronts, street trees, and even on-street parking spaces. In […]

Livability Awards & Member Celebration

Please join Livable City for our annual Livability Awards and Member Celebration November 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Old Mint. This event is an opportunity for Livable City to recognize innovators, advocates, and public servants for their leadership and accomplishments and celebrate with our amazing members and friends. This year, we are […]

Livable City challenges Sunday meter rollback

Livable City and the San Francisco Transit Riders Union have appealed SFMTA’s decision to roll back San Francisco’s successful Sunday parking meter program. In January 2013, San Francisco finally started enforcing parking meters from 12-6 pm on Sundays on the City’s commercial streets. An evaluation [PDF] completed in December found the program to be successful – it increased […]

Quartet of housing measures will preserve, improve, and increase SF housing

In the past six months, four housing ordinances championed by Livable City were passed into law. Together, these ordinances will preserve tens of thousands of existing housing units, permitting improvements while strengthening tenant protections, and will permit new units in the Castro neighborhoods. Two ordinances went into effect last week – one creating a path to legalization […]

In-law legislation gets signed into law


On April 17, Mayor Ed Lee signed two ordinances legalizing in-law units in San Francisco – Supervisor Chiu’s ordinance that legalizes  existing units built without permits (aka illegal in-laws), and Supervisor Wiener’s ordinance permitting new in-law units in the Castro neighborhood. These ordinances are important elements of Livable City’s Action Plan for Housing.

Livable City is Hiring a Development Director!

Development Director Livable City works to create a San Francisco of great streets and complete neighborhoods, where walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, where public spaces are beautiful, well-designed, and well-maintained, and where housing is more plentiful and more affordable. Sunday Streets, co-presented by Livable City and the San Francisco […]

Who are your livability heroes? Nominations are open for Livable City’s 2014 Livability Awards

Livable City will be recognizing some of your fellow San Franciscans this Spring with our 2014 Livability Awards, and are asking you to nominate the people and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the livability of San Francisco. We will recognize the awardees at our upcoming annual member party and awards ceremony. You […]