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Working Groups Envision Plans for an Affordable San Francisco

Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the summer 2014 print edition. San Francisco should encourage building owners throughout the less-dense western neighborhoods to build upward a little bit — by placing prefabricated units on existing rooftops.  Read more
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Pitching Visions of an Affordable San Francisco at ‘Hack the Housing Crisis’

Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the summer 2014 print edition. San Francisco has become the epicenter of the Bay Area’s affordability crisis, with high-tech corporations moving in, rents climbing skyward, and despair and evictions sweeping through long-established but lower-income communities.  Read more
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Stanford Divests, Bay Area Still Spews Carbon

With Stanford University dumping its coal investments, and Plan Bay Area’s “smart growth” strategy aiming to reduce regional greenhouse-gas emissions by 2035, has the Bay Area finally turned the corner on climate change? Far from it. In fact, Stanford’s divestment won’t even sting coal companies, and, as reported by the San Francisco Public Press, Plan Bay Area will actually result in an increase in carbon pollution in the atmosphere.  Read more
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Linking the Google Bus With the Housing Crisis

Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the summer 2014 print edition. While San Francisco’s 350 private corporate buses take thousands of well-off tech employees to work in Silicon Valley every morning, and home to their urban apartments and flats every evening, the service gap in late-night public transportation leaves many of the city’s service workers without a ride to their homes far out of town.   Read more
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Poor Is the New Black: Segregation in San Francisco Today

“This is the San Francisco Americans pretend does not exist,” James Baldwin said on KQED more than half a century ago. Baldwin, a world-renowned black writer and activist, was referring to the Fillmore district of San Francisco, where he and KQED documented the after-effects city bulldozing, literally, black neighborhoods in the name of “urban renewal,” and the unemployment and isolation of young blacks in Hunters Point.  Read more
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Infographics: School Fundraising in S.F. by the Numbers

Some school PTAs add hundreds of dollars per student Part of a special report on education inequality in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the winter 2014 print edition. The San Francisco Unified School District aims to spend its funds equitably, not necessarily equally.  Read more