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Great Highway roadway on San Francisco coast blocked by sand.

Sea Level Rise Prompts Closure of San Francisco’s Great Highway

The city plans to repurpose a segment of the roadway frequently blocked by blowing sand into a pedestrian plaza.

May 3, 2024 - San Francisco Chronicle

Close-up of bronze symbolic Justice statue of blindfolded woman holding up scales.

San Francisco Right to Counsel Program Prevents Hundreds of Evictions

A city program that gives at-risk tenants the right to a lawyer helped over 90 percent of participants avoid eviction.

April 30, 2024 - 48 hills

Stoplight with green light and "no right turn on red" pictograph on overhead signal

San Francisco Bans Right Turns on Red at 200 Intersections

More cities are reversing the 1970s policy due to its disproportionate involvement in pedestrian crashes.

April 8, 2024 - Axios

Amtrak train passing over tall trestle bridge on California coast at Gaviota Beach.

LA-to-San Francisco Night Train Closer to Reality

A train operator has entered into formal negotiations with Union Pacific to move the project forward with a projected launch date of 2025.

March 27, 2024 - SFGate

Red and yellow vintage streetcar in front of San Francisco Ferry Building.

Poll: Bay Area Voters on Transit Funding Sources

Voters in Northern California indicated support for higher taxes on the wealthy and big companies, rejecting increased property or sales taxes to support transportation projects.

March 11, 2024 - The Mercury News

Small tents set up on sidewalk by unhoused people next to boarded-up one-story industrial building in San Francisco, California.

The Point-in-Time Homelessness Count, Explained

Each year, cities across the nation undertake a massive effort to physically count their unhoused residents.

February 6, 2024 - KQED

Green lawn with historic buildings and Golden Gate Bridge in background in Presidio national park site in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco's Presidio Earns Fifth 'Green Flag' Award

The Presidio has been honored with the Green Flag Award for the fifth year in a row. The award is the most universally recognized international standard of quality for parks and green spaces.

January 29, 2024 - Green Flag Award

A red and white tent on the sidewalk with other belongings of an unhoused resident in Miami, Florida.

Supreme Court to Reconsider Martin v. Boise

The justices agreed to hear an appeal from the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, of a 2022 U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that has the potential to loosen restrictions on how nine Western states deal with tent encampments on public property.

January 15, 2024 - San Francisco Chronicle

View of Hotel Hamlin SRO supportiveh ousing building in San Francisco Tenderloin district.

Hundreds of San Francisco SRO Units Still Vacant

It can often take months for unhoused residents to access supportive housing. When they do, conditions can be unbearable.

December 29, 2023 - Sfist

Bird's eye view of rainbow-colored crosswalk in the Castro district in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco Fails to Achieve Vision Zero Pledge

The city wanted to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. It didn’t.

December 24, 2023 - The San Francisco Standard

People walking and biking on protected bike lane in Tenderloin District, San Francisco.

Tenderloin Greenway Closer to Reality

The Golden Gate Greenway will provide much-needed permanent park and community space in the dense neighborhood.

November 16, 2023 - Streetsblog San Francisco

View of San Francisco from top of hill with Victorian houses in foreground.

San Francisco Required to Change Restrictive Housing Approval Policies

State agencies want the city to speed up its alarmingly slow permitting process.

October 26, 2023 - KQED

A group of socially distanced tents for the homeless are set up on a parking lot in San Francisco's Civic Center.

San Francisco Aims to Speed up Supportive Housing Placement

The city wants to expedite the process for getting people into available housing units.

October 17, 2023 - Oakland Post

"No turn on red" sign

San Francisco Moves to Ban Right Turns on Red

The policy is common in many countries, New York City, and other dense urban areas with high numbers of pedestrians and cyclists.

October 9, 2023 - Streetsblog San Francisco

Google maps street view of San Francisco alleyway.

Ending Downtown San Francisco’s ‘Doom Loop’

A new public space project offers an ambitious vision—so why is the city implementing it at such a small scale?

September 26, 2023 - Fast Company

View of San Francisco neighborhood from top of hill with misty bay in background.

San Francisco Supervisors Punt Housing Ordinance

After hours of public comment, the zoning reform package aimed at increasing housing production and limiting red tape was delayed for further discussion.

September 24, 2023 - SF Standard

BART train at outdoor above-ground station in Oakland, California

BART Will Run Shorter Trains

The agency says shorter trains will enable them to increase security, retire aging cars, and save on energy costs.

September 7, 2023 - The San Francisco Standard

Fare gates at underground BART station in San Francisco, California

U.S. Transit Agencies Still in Need of a Long-Term Solution to the Looming ‘Fiscal Cliff’

San Francisco and New York exemplify the political challenges in finding long-term finding solutions for public transit in the post-pandemic United States.

August 28, 2023 - Route Fifty

Photo of downtown San Francisco alley superimposed with text bubbles

New Plan Aims to Revive Downtown San Francisco

The proposal focuses on placemaking and street activation as tools for economic development.

August 24, 2023 - Fast Company

A cross section of a street, showing where car lanes and parking would be positioned relative to a bus only lane and sidewalks.

New Bus Only Lane Overcomes Opposition in San Francisco

Local business owners and the local elected official opposed the Geary transit-only lane project, but compromise and wide public support got the project across the finish line.

August 21, 2023 - The San Francisco Standard

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