In the San Francisco Bay Area, housing decisions are made at a hyperlocal level, and draw heavily on citizen feedback. Unfortunately, housing policy and planning processes are opaque, and difficult to navigate, giving a minority of residents who oppose projects most of the decision making power. As a result, necessary housing is delayed for years or never produced.
SF in Progress is a community-based project that strives to create a transparent view of housing production in the Bay Area. By providing open community insight into housing regulations and upcoming housing proposals, users are informed and empowered to weigh in on planning issues affecting the state of housing in their neighborhoods and advocate for their needs. Housing production and, in turn, the availability of housing affects every economic tier of society. We strive to expand the dialogue surrounding housing beyond government and development organizations into the public sphere by creating easy to use, data-driven, web-based tools for convenient public use.