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

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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 […]