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L.A. Tries S.F.’s Retrofit Approach

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 6 2015 - 10:05am

Other California cities are following San Francisco’s example to compel owners of vulnerable apartment buildings to make them earthquake safe.

Muni Now Free to Some Riders

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 4 2015 - 10:40am

This week the city starts letting some residents ride public transportation for free.

SoMa Building Boom Has Not Dented Demand

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 27 2015 - 12:30pm

About a third of the city’s new housing has been built in the South of Market neighborhood, which also saw some of the greatest price increases.

Mission Group Seeks Aid, Donations for Businesses Ousted by Fire

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 25 2015 - 12:00pm

After a severe fire destroyed 36 shops, stores and other businesses, a community organization has started a fund to help them get back on their feet.

S.F.’s List of Quake-Vulnerable Homes Continues to Grow

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 23 2015 - 7:30am

The citys official list of verified earthquake-vulnerable apartment buildings has hit 5,000.

Homeless Help: A New Plan

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 17 2015 - 10:37am

A new help center for the homeless will open in March, featuring client dormitories other amenities for limited stays. This is what the center will look like.

Maps Show Where Thousands of Cyclists, Pedestrians Hurt or Killed

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 16 2015 - 10:20am

As part of its new policy to reduce traffic deaths, the city has published maps that show where cyclists and pedestrians were serverely injured or killed in recent years, down to the nearest intersection.

Retrofit Law Has Nearly 100% Compliance Rate, So Far

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 13 2015 - 4:05pm

Two years into operation, the city’s seismic retrofit program is finding some success: Almost all of the targeted buildings’ owners have had them inspected. Only 18 scofflaws remain. But even for most of the compliant owners the hard part is yet to come: They will need to retrofit their “soft-story,” wood-frame buildings.

As Neighbors Decry Spread of Homeless Encampments, One Mission Resident Opens Her Home Instead

Sanne Bergh and Paul Lorgerie, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 19 2014 - 2:42pm

Potrero Hill and Mission District residents complain about nearby homeless encampments, which have grown in sheltered areas as winter approaches. Police and city officials say the problem is too big to solve. One resident took matters into her own hands. Part of a special report on homelessness and mental health in San Francisco in the fall 2014 print edition.

Thoughts on Homelessness From San Francisco Civic Leaders

Angela Hart, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 10 2014 - 5:52pm

Part of a special report on homelessness and mental health in San Francisco, in the fall 2014 print edition. Stories rolling out online throughout the fall.

San Francisco has struggled for more than 10 years to solve the problem of chronicl homelessness. While the current consensus endorses the principle of “housing first” — stabilizing people by getting them off the streets and into basic housing — there is little agreement about the optimal policies to pursue. We asked eight civic leaders for their ideas about how to improve the living situations of the thousands of people currently living on the streets and in shelters.

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