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Introspection and Connection Student Art Fair
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 11:30am - 3:00pm
John Muir Elementary School (Webster and Page Streets)

Student Art Exhibit: Paintings, Collages, and Sculptures

Who’s Going?

Dawn Nakano
Dan
Daphne Magnawa
John Muir Elementary School
Dawn Nakano
Dawn Nakano
Feb 11, 2016

Haight Street Art Center is bringing in Portland artist, Gary Houston, to work with John Muir students on screen printing their art work in advance of the event. Gary is one of the great american rock and roll poster artists. He will be pulling prints LIVE at the event. Take home a FREE print!

Posted by Dawn Nakano on Feb 11, 2016
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Wendy

The current timeline for any housing to be built is around 4 years from land purchase to starting construction IF there are no neighborhood objections. What about using the example of the Homeless Navigation Center ? or The Hall on Market near 6th St. Use Land / Space that isn't in construction yet to set up a temporary tiny home community. Both the Nav Center and The Hall is/was a temporary popup for 18-24 months.

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Posted Feb 10, 2016
Tim McCormick
Tim McCormick
Feb 11, 2016

great idea. Interim use of space is a basic pattern underlying a lot of urban and community projects, around the world, as it is widely observed that a lot of space stays vacant/disused for years until possibly being 'permanently' redeveloped. Landowners would naturally prefer to get some rent rather than none, all else being equal, and in many cases owners or neighbors would prefer to have activity on a site, foot traffic around it, etc, rather than abandonment.

Yet in the developed world, interim use is rarely used for urban housing, though it is for, say, popup retail, parks, plazas. I think among the reasons are that people in cities don't usually see housing as something that can relocate, or they fear that any housing placed on an interim basis would become hard to remove. Some notable exceptions are San Francisco's movable "Earthquake Cottages", 5500 built in 1906 and originally mostly placed on public land; or WWII worker housing, including prefabs like Quonset Huts and trailers; or the Y:Cube project of low-cost prefabs being done by YMCA London today.

I think SF and other cities could and should develop interim-use residential zoning provisions, which could be applied to various small, disused, and/or public land parcels. It might be modeled partly on California bill AB551 which allows and incents interim use of vacant urban land for urban agriculture. It might also build on the recently passed Proposition K which requires SF agencies to inventory vacant/disused land and prioritize its use for affordable housing.

I discuss and propose this in a post, "How might we put affordable housing on disused & small sites in San Francisco?" bit.ly/sf-small-sites-housing.

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Tim McCormick
Houslets: user-centered living spaces
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Posted by Tim McCormick on Feb 11, 2016
Dan
Dan
Feb 11, 2016

Thanks for dropping the knowledge Tim!

Posted by Dan on Feb 11, 2016
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Friends of the Urban Forest

Friends of the Urban Forest is leading a campaign to improve San Francisco’s dismal municipal street tree policies and under-funded urban forestry program. If you’re a San Francisco resident, please join us by adding your name to this petition! We’ll deliver it to City Hall.

www.fuf.net/programs-services/...

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“Speak for the Trees” Petition

The Campaign Friends of the Urban Forest is leading a campaign to improve San Francisco's dismal municipal street tree policies and under-funded urban forestry

www.fuf.net/programs-services/...

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Posted Feb 9, 2016
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San Francisco Housing Action Coalition

Last week marked a huge win for affordable housing and San Francisco residents. The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 (D7 Sup. Norman Yee voted no) in support of streamlining the production of 100 percent affordable housing projects by exempting them from needing a conditional use (CU) permit. Getting a CU permit requires the applicant to prove to the Commission that the project is “necessary or desirable”, an absurdity for 100 percent affordable projects. They’re both!
The measure, introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener, could shave off at least three to six months from a affordable housing project’s approval timetable. That creates more certainty that these badly-needed homes will get financed and out of the ground faster.

Read more on our blog: www.sfhac.org/affordable-housi...

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Building Affordable Housing in San Francisco Just Got Easier - San Francisco Housing Action Coalition

“I am delighted!!! This eliminates at least one of the hurdles in trying to get an affordable housing project entitled.” – Pat Scott, Booker T. Washington Center Last week marked a huge win for affordable housing and San Francisco residents. The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 (D7 Sup. Norman Yee voted no) in support of...

www.sfhac.org/affordable-housi...

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Posted Feb 9, 2016
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San Francisco Housing Action Coalition

San Francisco is not the only city in California that suffers from high costs of housing. The entire state is, on average, significantly more expensive than the rest of the country, the primary reason being a severe lack housing supply. But why does California produce so little housing and what are the strategies the state can take on to address the shortage? The CA Legislative Analyst's Office, a nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor, explains the issue in simple info graphics.

www.sfhac.org/ca-housing-infog...

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Posted Feb 8, 2016
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SFMTA

Construction on the Van Ness Improvement Project, including Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), is set to break ground this spring. It will bring a much-needed and globally-proven solution to improve transit service and address traffic congestion on Van Ness Avenue, a major north-south street and the continuation of Highway 101. It will also bring upgrades to the sidewalks and wider street area for everyone who lives and works along this dynamic street to enjoy. Van Ness will undergo major upgrades to revitalize one of San Francisco's most prominent corridors and its aging infrastructure for the next generation.

Learn more here: www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/blog...

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Posted Feb 8, 2016
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San Francisco Beautiful proposed this event for Muni Art.

Artist Reception and Signing Event
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Blick Art Materials (Market Street and Van Ness locations)

Join participating Blick Art Materials stores in the Bay Area for a special engagement with artists honored during the 2015 SF Beautiful Muni Art Project.

979 Market Street featured artists:
-Reynaldo Cayetano Jr.
-Ariel Dunitz-Johnson
-Phillip Hua

1930 Van Ness Ave featured artists:
-Todd Berman
-Andria Lo

See a special demonstration and talk with artists, plus take home your own signed bus placard featuring their work (while supplies last).

Door prizes and light refreshments available.

View full details here: goo.gl/5YnvSF

Who Went?

Dan
Tom K.
San Francisco Beautiful
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HandUp

Each February, leaders in poverty alleviation from across the nation gather to share solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing our communities: family and youth homelessness. This year the National Alliance to End Homelessness' conference is taking place in Oakland and we invite you to join us for a conversation with experts dedicated to eradicating homelessness.

We'll discuss the current landscape, challenges, local versus national strategy, and where technology, and the community (you!) fit in.

See you there!
Meghan Murphy, HandUp.org

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Posted Feb 5, 2016
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