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Hundreds of San Francisco residents attended a recent hearing at city hall to oppose the plan designed to add parking meters to several San Francisco neighborhoods, including Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, the Mission and Mission Bay.  This is not isolated--the Municipal Transportation Authority has added meters in several other neighborhoods in the city over the past year.  This week, they met with organized opposition and have put plans on hold, as reported by the Chronicle article.
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I read a great article in this past Sunday's New York Times, "Paved, But Still Alive."  This article looks at our values towards the automobile, parking lots and parking spaces.  I have written several blog posts about parking including coverage of Parking Day, parking meters, and our policies in the city of San Francisco towards the number of parking spaces in newly constructed buildings.  I was shocked to learn that some who study parking estimate that there are eight parking spots for...

Watching my dog's fascination with all of the discarded Christmas trees in the neighborhood as we walked this morning, I was reminded of a recent article in the Chronicle about San Francisco's ordinance to preserve special trees in the city.  In 2005, a law sponsored by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, gave the city the right to designate trees with Landmark Status.  So far, 33 have received the designation by the Landmark Tree Committee, a subcommittee of the Urban Forestry Council. Nine have...

 

Last night I attended a presentation by Scott Silvera in his Oakland store, SCOUT.  His talk, Scout's Foolproof Exterior Color Schemes was fun and informative and a great plug for their no-VOC paint line, Mythic.  Scott has an amazing ability to pick paint colors that look great together.  He gave great tips and offerred color schemes for all sorts of houses (mostly East Bay architecture--Shingled Bungalows, Bungalows with Stucco, Mediterranean, and Queen Anne Victorians).  The staff...

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