SUPPORT LOCAL SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESSES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Last week, Mayor Breed kicked off the annual “Shop and Dine in the 49” campaign that encourages residents to do their holiday shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of San Francisco. As businesses face the pressure of recovering from the pandemic, a restricting supply chain, and an increasing threat of retail theft, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses. The health of commercial corridors is essential to the City’s success and every bit of support helps—even a one percent increase in local retail sales adds around $100 million in economic impact to the City.
BAY AREA RESEARCHERS TRY TO DETERMINE NEW TRAVEL PATTERNS
With hybrid/remote work here to stay, people have completely changed how they travel around the Bay Area. We’re seeing shifts in demand on public transit, new rush hours on freeways, a boom in bicycling, and much more. If you work in tech, take the brief survey below to help planners make better decisions on how to move people in our changing world.
THE STATE LOOKS INTO SAN FRANCISCO FOR BLOCKING HOUSING PROPOSALS
On November 22, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) gave San Francisco city officials 30 days to explain why it blocked more than 800 units of housing in the past few months. HCD asked for “reasoning and evidence” for why two projects—469 Stevenson Street and 450-474 O’Farrell Street—both were effectively denied by the Board of Supervisors after being approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission. Now with the ability to enforce state housing goals, the HCD expressed significant concerns that the decision to turn down these developments violated the state Housing Accountability Act, which forces localities to approve any project that complies with zoning, planning, and subdivision standards.
DID YOU KNOW?
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, signed the largest U.S. office lease of 2021, acquiring 719,037 square feet of space in Sunnyvale. Additionally, the tech giant also signed 520,000 square feet of office space in Burlingame. Read more about Meta’s Bay Area expansion here.