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 […]

Livable City Proudly Supports Vision Zero

Walk San Francisco and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are leading the call for San Francisco to commit to a Vision Zero policy. This policy would eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco in the next 10 years. Last year, San Francisco saw a dramatic increase in the number of people killed while walking and biking, which has resulted […]

Preserve existing rental housing

This post appeared in the SF Bay Guardian, to view click here. San Francisco’s housing affordability crisis has become the main threat to the livability of the city for hundreds of thousands of residents. One glimmer of hope came last month, as the Board of Supervisors reformed decades-old laws that permit, and often encourage, the […]

The next square mile of public open space

Over a quarter of San Francisco’s land area is streets and roads. Reclaiming just one-tenth of the city’s road space would create over a square mile of public open space – two-thirds the size of Golden Gate Park – for sidewalks, plazas, green spaces, cycle paths, play areas, community gardens, and native habitat.   Want […]

Livable City’s Action Plan for Housing

Housing affordability is a crisis in San Francisco. Livable City’s Action Plan for Housing includes strategies for making San Francisco a more livable, sustainable, and affordable city. Livable City has made progress on these strategies over the past decade, with a number of legislative and policy initiatives currently underway. We are planning additional initiatives in […]

Supes approve ordinances protecting residential units

A pair of ordinances, one strengthening the Planning Code’s provisions for conversion, demolition, and merger of residential units, and the other permitting improvement and enlargement of some existing units, were unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors in December. The ordinances, were based on Livable City proposals, were sponsored by Supervisor John Avalos. The Housing Element […]

Livable City joins broad-based effort to legalize existing in-law units


On November 26, Livable City joined Supervisor David Chiu and a broad coalition of advocates to announce new legislation to legalize existing in-law units across San Francisco. In-law units house thousands of San Franciscans, and are an important housing resource in an increasingly expensive city. Certain decades-old Planning Code requirements, chiefly the code’s arbitrary residential density […]

Excelsior-Outer Mission is the latest San Francisco neighborhood to embrace car-free living

Outer Mission NC

On November 27, Mayor Lee signed an ordinance creating San Francisco’s newest Neighborhood Commercial zoning district – and the latest to drop minimum parking requirements. The Outer Mission – Excelsior Neighborhood Commercial District includes the commercial area along Mission Street from Silver Avenue to the Daly City line. The district was previously zoned NC-2 and […]