Articles Filed Under: Editorial

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17 Acres Of Opportunity In San Francisco, And Then Some

17 Acres Of Opportunity In San Francisco, And Then Some

Back in 1940, four single-story industrial buildings were built upon 17 acres in west Bayview, a total of just under 450,000 square feet of building space which is currently 96 percent leased and bisected by I-280 in the southern part of San Francisco. On the market since the end of last year, the LaSalle Industrial Read More »

The Massings For A Not So Massive SoMa Development, By Design

The Massings For A Not So Massive SoMa Development, By Design

Rather than representing some ubermodern Sleeper-inspired design, the massings for the proposed SoMa development to rise on the corner of 9th and Howard are simply rendered to provide a sense of scale and context for the project. With a prominent parcel that’s only zoned for building up to 55 feet in height along 9th Street, Read More »

Is The Identity Of The Castro Under Threat?

With thousands of units under development or already opening their doors along Market Street, and “the impossibly hip Hayes Valley, Mission, and Noe Valley encroaching on all sides,” a reader wonders if the identity of the Castro as the center of the Bay Area’s LGBTQ scene is “under threat.” A reader eloquently responds: Cities are Read More »

The Fate Of The 8 Washington Street Site: What Happens Now?

The Fate Of The 8 Washington Street Site: What Happens Now?

With voters in San Francisco having overturned the approved plans and increased height for the development of the 8 Washington Street site above and some bad information making the rounds, a rather plugged-in reader summarizes, and editorializes, how we got here and what happens with the proposed development now: It’s no done deal that the Read More »

Planning To Fill The Geary Underpass And A Cranky Citizen’s Concerns

Planning To Fill The Geary Underpass And A Cranky Citizen’s Concerns

On the agenda for San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee this afternoon, a hearing to begin planning the filling of the Geary underpass between Webster and Steiner Streets, the reunification of the Japantown and Western Addition communities, “and all other aesthetic, transportation, infrastructure, and community opportunities and challenges therein, including the possibility of Read More »

It’s Not About Vanity, It’s About Valuation

The proposed Warriors Arena to built upon San Francisco’s Pier 30-32 isn’t a vanity project, it’s a shrewd financial move on the part of the team’s ownership. As a plugged-in reader notes, while the Warriors franchise was purchased for $450 million in 2010, the value of the franchise has skyrocketed since announcing their planned move Read More »

Are The Big Plans For San Francisco’s Central Corridor Big Enough?

Are The Big Plans For San Francisco’s Central Corridor Big Enough?

With a pressing need to support the City’s projected job growth and continued economic development, San Francisco’s Planning Department has spent the past two years developing the growth plan and strategy for San Francisco’s Central Corridor, “a high-demand area with excellent regional transit accessibility, adjacency to existing job centers, diverse urban amenities and connectivity to Read More »

The New Mission: Don’t Fear The Multiplex (Or Change)

Under the framework of the plans for the New Mission Theater, we promote a plugged-in reader’s comment to an editorial on “The New Mission,” not only in terms of the theater, but also the neighborhood’s change: This is terrific news. Nobody should worry and fear the word multiplex. I’ve lived in the Mission for 29 Read More »

The 280 Seventh Street Scoop (And Evolving Neighborhood Editorial)

The 280 Seventh Street Scoop (And Evolving Neighborhood Editorial)

A little while back the owners and operators of the Café in the Castro purchased the Rawhide II club building at 280 Seventh Street, once “the largest and…only Country Western Dancing club in San Francisco.” As proposed, the existing building will be razed and a four-story building with a club featuring an “entertainment area with Read More »

Art Agnos’ Open Opposition To The Development Of 8 Washington

Art Agnos’ Open Opposition To The Development Of 8 Washington

Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos came out swinging today against the proposed and Planning approved 8 Washington Street development. From Agnos’ open forum letter published in the Chronicle: City leaders have been lamenting recently the continuing flight of families from San Francisco. Chronicle stories state a family earning $111,000 a year could afford only Read More »

It Would Have Been 50 Percent Over Had They Priced At A Million…

It Would Have Been 50 Percent Over Had They Priced At A Million…

Listed for $1,100,000 last month, the 1,810 square foot Albert Lanier designed home at 4378 Cesar Chavez quickly went into contract. As a plugged-in reader soon reported, “The sign in the Herth window says…22 offers received,” and as another reader soon followed: That’s lame. Those guys missed the price point and they were the first Read More »

Simply Lip Service For Green Landscaping In San Francisco?

Simply Lip Service For Green Landscaping In San Francisco?

It’s time for a (slightly edited) guest editorial from a plugged-in reader: I am a homeowner in SF’s 11th political district. The neighborhoods in my district have the potential to be charming, but unfortunately many people think it’s OK to pave over their front yards to then use the space to park their cars on Read More »

For The Love (And Hate) Of Palm Trees In San Francisco

They’ve been called names. And the planting of palm trees in San Francisco can be a polarizing issue. An issue that might be short lived, for as a plugged-in reader editorializes and educates: The palms won’t be there much longer. The city has fired all their educated arborists. Those who are left trim them to Read More »

Guest Editorial: Redonkulous Rincon Hill Development Fees?

Guest Editorial: Redonkulous Rincon Hill Development Fees?

It’s a guest editorial from Rincon Hill resident Jamie Whitaker related to yesterday’s Board of Supervisors’ approval of $1,844,273 in grants from the SOMA Community Stabilization Fund (funded by way of fees for developing within the Rincon Hill Plan Area): The SOMA Community Stabilization Fund has collected $6.6 million from developments within the 14-block portion Read More »

We’re Still At A Loss For Words (Unfortunately The Attorney Wasn’t)

In the words of a tipster: “I happened to see this on the news last night — and was so deeply offended by the haughty attorney…” Ditto. ∙ SF Low Income Seniors May Soon Be Evicted Read More »