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San Francisco 2012: The Year in Review

Randy Shawbyline‚ Dec. 18‚ 2012

San Francisco had one of its greatest years in 2012, as the cityís job growth and vibrancy outpaced nearly everywhere else. In a single year, San Francisco committed to longterm funding for affordable housing, created a much more progressive business tax system, and finalized plans to bring the Golden State Warriors back to San Francisco in a beautiful new multi-use arena governed by an historic local hiring agreement. The year saw continued investment in Mid-Marketís revival, the imminent and soon to be reopening of two great landmark buildings (the YMCA and Hibernia Bank in the Tenderloin), the start of the Central Subway construction process, and the implementation and planned creation of more bike lanes on major thoroughfares. The city gave nonprofit workers their first raise in four years, and most groups were spared budget cuts. The Giants also won their second World Series in three years, adding to the cityís community spirit., Not all the news was good----we saw increased shootings and violence at Sunnydale and other housing projects in the southeast part of the city, the Mirkarimi controversy created rifts between some progressives and domestic violence advocates, and rents on vacant apartments continued to skyrocket---but all in all, San Francisco had a transformative year in 2012--- and 2013 could be even better.