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Mission accomplished? Revisiting the solutions

Karen Chapple, Professor, City and Regional Planning | November 10, 2015

By Karen Chapple and Mitchell Crispell Last week, San Francisco voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have halted market-rate development in the Mission District. The proposed moratorium highlighted schisms in the community around the best way to slow the displacement that has made the Mission the gentrification poster child of the Bay Area. One side … Continue reading »

The blocked market for density and affordable housing

Karen Chapple, Professor, City and Regional Planning | October 17, 2014

Around the globe, many cities are experiencing a housing affordability crisis. There are few places this crisis is more pronounced than San Francisco and Los Angeles. California’s strict land use regulations hinder us from producing enough housing, particularly infill development, or new buildings on vacant or underutilized land in the urban core. Yet, with 200,000 units in the … Continue reading »

California’s infill backlash

Ethan Elkind, associate director, Climate Change and Business Program | August 4, 2014

For environmental and economic reasons, we want jobs and people to move back to our cities. People living in cities pollute less because they don’t drive as much and tend to live in smaller homes. Economically, they can save a lot of money on transportation and energy costs, while thriving neighborhoods can create cultural and … Continue reading »

The Summer of Rights

Lawrence Cohen, professor of anthropology | June 27, 2013

I was packed in with three Benedictine monks in the crowd last night at the Castro celebrating the two United States Supreme Court decisions earlier that day — for the record,  June 26, 2013. The monks were waving small blue and yellow Human Rights Campaign flags, and like many others I was taking pictures of … Continue reading »

San Francisco plastic-bag ban associated with 46% increase in foodborne illness deaths — Not!

Tomás Aragón, Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health | February 13, 2013

In my role as Health Officer of San Francisco I received a flurry of concerned calls about a research study that claimed that the 2007 San Francisco ban on plastic bag resulted in an immediate, very large increase in foodborne illnesses and deaths. From their conclusions: “We examine deaths and emergency room admissions related to these … Continue reading »

David Onek for San Francisco D.A.

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | November 7, 2011

California’s dramatic pivot toward giving counties primary responsibility for punishment over a wide swath of persons convicted of felonies, a policy known as realignment, is the most important move toward dismantling mass incarceration in this state in forty years. As I have argued here before, there is both great promise and peril in this experiment. … Continue reading »