2009 & Prior Highlights

2009 — “Yes We Plan”


  • Balboa Park
  • Eastern Neighborhoods
  • Visitacion Valley
  • Western SOMA
  • Market Octavia Survey
  • Upper Market Design Guidelines
  • Market Octavia

2008 — “The Power of One”


  • Jim Chappell (SPUR)
  • Jane Martin (Shotwell Greenway)
  • Simon Snellgrove (Pacific Waterfront Partners, LLC)
  • Lou Vasquez & Loring Sagan (Homes on Esprit Park)
  • Gillian Gillett (Greening of Guerrero)

2007 — “San Francisco, a Home for Families”


  • The Exploratorium (education)
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
  • Health Care for all San Francisco Children
  • Holy Family Day (childcare)
  • Rich Sorro Commons (low/moderate family housing rental)
  • 888 – 7th Street (affordable home ownership for families)
  • Childcare Central – (coordinates the development of child care facilities)


Focus: “The Creative Equation” High levels of Tolerance + Diversity + Talent – a creative environment (leads to) a dynamic economy

Highlighted New Arts Facilities:

  • ODC – new dance studios (Mission)
  • Conservatory of Music (Civic Center)
  • Museum of Craft and Folk Art (YBC)
  • The Museum of the African Diaspora (YBC)
  • Lucas Films (Presidio)
  • deYoung Museum (Golden Gate Park)
  • Kanbar Center Performance Space (Richmond)

2005 — “Revitalizing our Historic Resources”


  • Stern Grove renovation
  • Arion Press adaptive reuse of an industrial relic
  • National Register nomination of Port properties
  • Globe Insurance Company conversion to modern condominiums
  • Rehabilitation of Julia Morgan’s historic YMCA and conversion to the museum, of the Chinese Historical Society
  • Ambassador Hotel restoration and conversion to a hotel housing the disabled and homeless
  • Survey of Historic Resources of the Central Waterfront by the Planning Department

Note: The theme was particularly important in 2005 for it was our first event in the Historic Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Historic Merchants Exchange.

2004 — “Diversity in Housing, Diversity in Needs”


  • Habitat for Humanity providing home ownership opportunities for low/moderate income families
  • Dudley Hotel highlighting supportive housing
  • 1 Church Street – classic workforce housing (rental)
  • Progress Foundation providing homes for persons and families with mental illness
  • KoKoro – assisted living in a historic synagogue
  • City Planning – Design Guidelines
  • The Metropolitan – market rate, high density, high rise in downtown San Francisco
  • Fulton & Masonic – infill condominiums with retail on ground floor and inclusionary units

2003 — “Transportation, Transportation, Transportation, the 3 T’s”


  • Muni 3rd Street Rail Project with special emphasis on the artistic stops
  • Market Street Railway and the Historic Trolleys
  • The Bike Coalition’s City-Wide bike network plan
  • Water Transportation Plan for Ferries and Water Taxis
  • Planning Department’s Role in Octavia Boulevard and th Balboa station and historic renovation
  • City Car Share

2002 — “Neighborhoods 2002 – Yes, in my Back Yard”


  • Pioneer Park restoration
  • Shriner’s Hospital historic restoration and conversion to an assisted living facility
  • Visitation Valley open space using utility rights of way
  • State of the Art Episcopal Housing for homeless families