Blogs Tagged: community information

Don't Forget: February 21st is New Area Code Day for San Francisco!

Posted On: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 2:40pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

If your regularly dialed phone numbers suddenly don't connect come February 21st, don't panic! It's just the local phone system going through some growing pains.

This Is San Francisco in 1971? Are You Sure?

Posted On: Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 11:36am | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

Though its evolution has been slow, the San Francisco of today and the San Francisco of the 1970s look almost nothing alike. While the current flurry of new construction forces our skyline higher and higher, this gorgeous panoramic photo from Bruce Steinberg--captured from atop the second pylon of the Bay Bridge's Western span--shows a much different metropolis.

Here's What Every San Franciscan Pays in Property Taxes

Posted On: Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 5:45pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

Curious to see how your property taxes compare to what your neighbors are giving the state every year but don't want to spend the time digging through public record archives?

How to Fix Your Home's Secret Ailments

Posted On: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 1:03pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

It's easy enough to spot a leaky faucet or wonky light fixture around your house but not all problems are so obvious.

SF Homes Are Now Worth More than Trillion Dollars in 2014

Posted On: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 2:06pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

2014 was a good year to own real estate in San Francisco. The local housing market has, for the most part, recovered from the Great Recession and is now valued at more than a trillion dollars according to a new report by Zillow.

Five Reasons to Live in a Micro-Home

Posted On: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:49pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

Remember how, in the mid-1990's, seemingly everybody and his brother were driving over-sized SUVs? That trend stopped in its tracks once people started realizing that they were driving--and paying for--more car than they really needed. Now the same phenomenon is happening in real estate

Withering Heights: The Fight Against Stockyard Stench in Victorian Era San Francisco

Posted On: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 1:43pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

And you thought 6th street smelled terrible after it rains. Back at the turn of the 20th century much of what we now call the Outer Mission was still largely cow pasture save for a pair of stockyards clustered near the base of Bernal Hill. These stockyards--essentially, enormous temporary holding pens where cattle traders could showcase and sell their livestock--were among San Francisco's earliest industrial polluters

A History of the Haight Ashbury Over the Last Million Years or So

Posted On: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 10:13am | Posted By: kevinkoerner
Topics: Community Information

Haight Ashbury may best be known for as the seat of the Summer of Love but this venerable San Francisco neighborhood has played many roles in the city's history.

MUNI's Early Days of Public Service Were More of a Public Debacle

Posted On: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 2:58pm | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

San Francisco's public transportation service is far from perfect these days--averaging, what, 8 mph through city streets?--but be glad we don't still have the ineffectual system our forebears had to endure at the turn of the 20th century.

San Francisco's Transient Veterans May Have a Home for the Holidays

Posted On: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 5:45am | Posted By: kevinmerlander
Topics: Community Information

San Francisco's streets are home to an significant number of homeless vets--an estimated 10 percent of the city's transient population according to last year's Point-In-Time Homeless Count and Survey. Luckily, Mayor Lee's got a plan to help them transition into semi-permanent housing and it could happen by the end of this year.