San Francisco-area students: how would you change the law. Win $1,000. Make an impact.

Reimagine SF from Supervisor Mark Farrell on Vimeo.

How would you improve the laws of San Francisco? This is your chance to redesign the rules of the city, and earn a shot at a $1,000 scholarship. Here's how it works:

  1. Imagine A Better San Francisco: Think about what you like best - and like least - about living in San Francisco. Odds are, there's a law to match. How would you fix what you don't like, or build on what you do? Sky's the limit.
  2. Find the Laws You Care About: Now that you have a vision for improving city life, visit Browse and search through the laws to find what you care about most.
  3. Read, React, ReimagineSF: Read the laws. Decide how you'd improve them. Post your changes to each law right at the bottom of the page using Disqus. Your ideas will go straight to the Board of Supervisors for action. The top suggestions will be collected right here.
  4. Tell Your Friends to Upvote: Share a link to your ideas with your friends, family, and the world. Ask them to upvote your idea, or leave a comment in support. That makes your idea float to the top, which is where you want to be to win a $1,000 scholarship.

San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell will select the 5 best ideas, turn each into actual legislation, then put them to the Board of Supervisors for a vote. Oh, and those 5 student-legislators will each earn $1,000 for school. Make an impact. Win a scholarship. ReimagineSF.

Top Comments

  1. Avatar for SupervisorMarkFarrell
    CURB PARKING – RED ZONES (§ 7.2.25.)—San Francisco Decoded

    It's all managed by the SFMTA - here's a full run down of legal red zones, what they look like, and where to look for them:

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    CURB PARKING – RED ZONES (§ 7.2.25.)—San Francisco Decoded

    What is the difference between a legal red zone and not? I parked in a faded red curb without any yellow SFMTA or SFPD paint on it. I thought that made it an illegal red zone? Link to official law would be helpful.

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    MINIMUM LOT WIDTH AND AREA (§ 121.)—San Francisco Decoded

    You're going to want to get in contact with the City's Planning Department: It will depend on the zoning designation for the specific address, but they can help answer your question.

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    MINIMUM LOT WIDTH AND AREA (§ 121.)—San Francisco Decoded

    We have a 2500 square ft corner lot in San Francisco with 2 separate houses on it that are completely independent and divorced from each other. Not one is touching or accessible to the other. They even have 2 different street addresses since it is a corner lot. But the lot is already the lot minimum of 2500 square feet.

    Is it possible to get a variance for the minimum lot size so that I can split the lot and have 2 single family homes as opposed to dealing with all that comes with a 2 unit property? If so, how do I go about, or where do I start?


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    About ReimagineSF

    San Francisco-area students have a stake in our city but too often don't have a voice. Together, we can fix that. Just like SF resident Gary Rabkin fixed a dumb bike law.. Giving young San Francisco residents the chance to have a say in city government is what ReimagineSF is all about. The ReimagineSF Civic Engagement Scholarship is brought to you by Supervisor Mark Farrell and The OpenGov Foundation. Please read the contest rules, terms and conditions.

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