San Francisco State University
Urban Studies & Planning Senior Seminar
(USP 680)

The Urban Studies and Planning Senior Seminar is a practicum in urban planning and policy. Under the direction of Professor Ayse Pamuk (since 2001) and in collaboration with community clients, the course teaches students to solve urban planning and policy problems by combining theory, substantive knowledge, and analytical skills in the context of a client-serving project. The course provides Urban Studies and Planning students an opportunity to practice working in a team and prepare a written report.  The students present their findings to a  professional jury including  clients and faculty using Power Point slides.  The course has been designated by SFSU as a Community Service Learning (CSL) course (since spring 2005). Projects are selected through an RFP process.

News story about the Spring 2017 projects

List of featured student work completed by sub-field

Housing Policy and Planning
Community Economic Development
GIS Mapping
Land Use Planning
Transportation Planning
Placemaking

Housing Policy and Planning
- Mapping San Francisco's rent-controlled housing stock, 2017
- Housing diverse narratives in SF: Seniors & adults with disabilities, 2017
- Rebuilding Neighborhoods Together, 2017
- SROs in the Tenderloin, 2014
- Balancing San Francisco's vibrant nightlife and residential development, 2014
- Sunset neighborhood's historical context, 2011
- Housing cooperatives in SF, 2010
- Under-utilized site analysis in San Francisco's Chinatown, 2009
- Post-occupancy evaluation of Heritage Homes/Britton Court, 2007
- Housing opportunity sites analysis in San Francisco's Western SoMa neighborhood, 2007
- California's farm worker and colonia communities, 2004
- Preparing Heritage Homes residents for ownership through capacity building, 2002

Community Economic Development 
- Invest in neighborhoods: Excelsior & Outer Mission commercial corridor, 2017
- Underserved youth in the Tenderloin, 2014
- Invest in neighborhoods: Lower 24th and Lower Mission Streets, 2012
- Invest in neighborhoods: Larkin and Lower Polk Streets, 2012
- Grocer need and prefence analysis in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley, 2009
- Lighting and pedestrian safety analysis in San Francisco's Excelsior neighbohood, 2009
- Marketing strategies for 3rd Street corridor in San Franciso's Bayview Hunters Point neighbohood, 2009
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Tenderloin Healthy Assets Project, 2009
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Study of the effectiveness of California's local Enterprise Zone administration, 2007
- San Francisco's urban villages: Lower Haight and Market/Church neighborhood commercial districts, 2005
- Excelsior Business Improvement District feasibility study, 2004  
- Vacant storefronts: Improving appearance through code enforcement and community involvement, 2003

GIS Mapping 
- SF Commercial Corridor Crime Assessment Project, 2009
- Mission District historical demographic analysis, 2007
- Mapping the location of predatory financial services in San Francisco, 2004
- Understanding the needs of Asian households in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, 2003 
    

Land Use Planning
- North Rollins Road Industrial Arts & Design District in Burlingame, 2017
- Downtown South San Francisco Residential Lanes: Analysis of Public Realm, 2017
- New and future development in Central Market and the Tenderloin, 2014
- Land use survey for mixed use and infill development in San Francisco's Sunset neighborhood, 2007
- Land use analysis around existing Residential Enclave Districts, 2006
- Land use and zoning analysis along San Francisco's Folsom Street, 2006  
- Land use study in the Tenderloin, 2002 

Transportation Planning
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Transit-Oriented Development in the Mission, 2017
Congestion pricing: Potential effects and community resiliency, 2010
- Transportation planning in San Francisco's Western SoMa neighborhood, 2007

- Travel delay analysis on MUNI buses, 2005
- Residential parking requirements in San Francisco: Do they affect travel behavior?, 2005

Placemaking
- Placemaking in the SF Bay Region, 2014
- Re-activating the UN Plaza: Transforming space into a place, 2014
- Analysis of San Francisco's Pavement to Parks (Parklet) program, 2011
- Preserving the culture of San Francisco's Japantown, 2010
- Downtown Berkeley Wayfinding analysis, 2009




List of all projects by client

ABAG
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Placemaking in the SF Bay Region, 2014

ASIAN Inc
- Land use survey for mixed use and infill development in San Francisco's Sunset neighborhood, 2007
- Asian-American small business analysis , 2005
- Understanding the needs of Asian households in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, 2003
      
Asian Neighborhood Design

- Columbus Avenue Corridor Study, 2006

BART
- 24th Street BART plaza redesign, 2001

Bay Area LISC
- SF Commercial Corridor Crime Assessment  Project, 2009
- Commercial gentrification prevention project through small business attraction, 2008
- Bay View/Third Street economic impact project, 2006
- Bay View/Third Street market study, 2005
- Commercial revitalization: A resource guide for community organizations, 2004

Central Market Community Benefit District
- Streetscape improvement plan, 2008

City of Berkeley, Department of Planning
- Downtown Berkeley Wayfinding analysis, 2009
- Analysis of homeless services and needs in downtown Berkeley, 2006

City of Burlingame, Planning Department
- North Rollins Road Industrial Arts & Design District in Burlingame, 2017

City of South San Francisco, Planning Department
- Downtown South San Francisco Residential Lanes: Analysis of Public Realm, 2017

EnCore
- Excelsior Business Improvement District feasibility study, 2004
- Exclesior shopper survey, 2004

Fruitvale Development Corporation
- Fruitvale Transit Village, 2003

Geneva Valley Development Corporation
- Preparing Heritage Homes residents for ownership through capacity building, 2002

Mission Economic Development Association
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Transit-Orineted-Development in the Mission, 2017
- Land use and zoning analysis in the Mission, 2001

Mission Housing Development Corporation
- Feasibility of limited equity cooperative housing, 2001

Mission Planning Council
- A community guide to planning, 2001
- Community resources web site, 2001
- Sharing space: An informational guidebook on sharing office space, 2001

MKTHINK
- Dwelling well on campus, 2006

Moore Iacofano Golstman, Inc.
- Richmond General Plan update: Public health element, 2007 

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
- Does transit access affect local economies?, 2007

Northeast Community Federal Credit Union
- Mapping the location of predatory financial services in San Francisco, 2004
- CDFI economic development and housing hot zone study, 2003

North of Market Neighborhood Improvement Corporation
- Tenderloin Healthy Assets Project, 2009
- Taylor Street Arts Corridor in SF's Tenderloin, 2009
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Pedestrian Oriented Lighting in SF's Tenderloin, 2009

People's Grocery
- Food security and urban agriculture in West Oakland, 2005

Public Policy Institute of California
-
Study of the effectiveness of California's local Enterprise Zone administration, 2007

Rebuilding Together San Francisco
- R
ebuilding neighborhoods togetehr, 2017

Resources for Community Development
- Resident need analysis of on-site services for nonprofit housing developments in East Oakland, 2006

San Francisco Beautiful
- Re-activating the UN Plaza: Transforming space into a place, 2014

San Francisco Department of Aging & Adult Services
- Housing diverse narratives in San Francisco: Seniors & adults with disabilities, 2017

San Francisco Dept. of Human Services
- Workforce development: Potential career opportunities in San Francisco, 2003

San Francisco Entertainment Commission
- Balancing San Francisco's vibrant nightlife and residential development, 2014

San Francisco Mayor's Office of Greening
- Streetscape maintenance analysis, 2006

San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing
- Mapping San Francisco's Rent-Controlled Housing Stock, 2017

- Housing cooperatives in SF, 2010

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
- Bikes on light-rail vehicles in San Francisco, 2006
- Travel delay analysis on MUNI buses, 2005

San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
- SROs in the Tenderloin, 2014
- Underserved youth in the Tenderloin, 2014 
- Invest in neighborhoods: Lower 24th and Lower Mission Streets, 2012
- Invest in neighbohoods: Larkin and Lower Polk Streets, 2012
- Invest in neighbohoods: Visitacion Valley, 2012
- Invest in neighbohoods: West Portal & Outer Taraval, 2012
- Small business lending in SF, 2010
- Resource and referral database for small businesses, 2008

San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department
- Japanese Tea Garden visitors survey, 2006

San Francisco Planning Department
- Invest in neighborhoods: Excelsior & Outer Mission Commercial Corridor, 2017
- New and future development in Central Market and the Tenderloin, 2014
- Public realm and open space in the Civic Center of SF, 2014
- Sunset neighbohood's histroical context, 2011
- Neighborhood commercial vacancy analysis, 2011
- Tools for planning: Equitable economic toolkit for SF, 2010
- Preserving the culture of Japantown. 2010
- Documentation of cultural contexts in the Mission, 2008
- Mission District historical demographic analysis, 2007
- The historic Mission District, 2007
- San Francisco's inclusionary housing program, 2007
- SFSU Master Plan analysis, 2007
- Census data analysis, 2004
- Planning information technology needs assessment, 2003
- Understanding housing production in San Francisco, 2003

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)
- Planning for growth in North American cities, 2008

San Francisco Starting Points

- Child and family section of the First Steps report, 2003
- Understanding the needs of families and children in San Francisco, 2003

South of Market Community Action Network
- Establishing guidelines and a framework for community planning in SoMA, 2002

Supervisor Sandavol's office
- Vacant storefronts: Improving appearance through code enforcement and community involvement, 2003

Urban Land Institute
- Bay Area smart growth: Best practices for implementation, 2003
- California Smart Growth Initiative, 2002

Urban Solutions
- San Francisco's urban villages: Lower Haight and Market/Church neighborhood commercial districts, 2005
- Community mapping project for SoMA, 2004

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
- Land use study in the Tenderloin, 2002

Transportation for a livable city
- Residential parking requirements in San Francisco: Do they affect travel behavior?, 2005
- Complete streets analysis, 2005

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region IX Office
- California's farm worker and colonia communities, 2004

Visitacion Valley Community Development Corporation
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Post-occupancy evaluation of Heritage Homes/Britton Court, 2007
- Resident satisfaction: Neighbors of the former Geneva Towers, 2007

Western South of Market citizen's Planning task force
- Neighborhood advisory council best practices, 2008
-Transportation planning in San Francisco's Western SoMa neighborhood, 2007
- Housing opportunity sites analysis in San Francisco's Western SoMa neighborhood, 2007
- Land use analysis around existing Residential Enclave Districts, 2006
- Land use and zoning analysis along San Francisco's Folsom Street, 2006
    
 

 

 

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