Monthly Archives: July 2017

Hello, my name is Natalie and I am Bay Area house-poor. The Below Market Rate (BMR) program is a way for middle-low income individuals and families to purchase a home. I live in San Francisco and on average, a new one bedroom, one bath condo costs $800,000. Through the San Francisco BMR program, the same […]

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Let’s face it, the easy sites are all gone.  We are left with the remnants – irregular shaped, topographically challenged, limited access, penned in by crowded roads with numerous constraints imposed by NIMBYs, difficult adjacencies like railroads or freeways, entitlement requirements, utilities, and environmental challenges such as sea-level rise or oil wells.

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What do Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Alfredo Moser and Illac Diaz have in common? They’re all inventors with a dream of lighting the world. There are now small grassroots organizations that are spreading affordable, sustainable lighting to people with limited or no access to electricity.

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Construction on the 301 site is humming along. The building is taking shape with framing and the application of exterior gypsum sheathing complete. Waterproofing has been installed at the podium level, and the TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing material installation is done.

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