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San Francisco Awash In Orange

San Francisco Awash In Orange

From the Ferry Building to City Hall and at least eight major points between, San Francisco will be lit up in Orange this evening in support of the Giants, as captured last night in a 30-second video by steelblue.  And if you’re not a fan of the team, just pretend it’s for Halloween. Read More »

Speaking To A Different San Francisco, Bay Guardian Says Goodbye

Speaking To A Different San Francisco, Bay Guardian Says Goodbye

A “leading voice for progressive San Francisco since 1966,” the San Francisco Bay Guardian is being shuttered by its parent company and the paper will circulate its final issue tomorrow.  From the publication’s farewell, all that remains on the Bay Guardian’s site: As a company, we are proud of the SF Bay Guardian’s legacy as Read More »

New Lows In Fight Over Neighboring Home’s Height

New Lows In Fight Over Neighboring Home’s Height

Sitting vacant since damaged by a fire in 2010, the renovation plans for 2853-2857 Broderick Street included raising the height of the two-unit Cow Hollow property by 3 feet to install a new two-car garage below.  And in March of 2013, the house was successfully raised following the issuance of a valid building permit the Read More »

Cost To Build Affordable Housing On Sixth Street: $690K Per Unit

Cost To Build Affordable Housing On Sixth Street: $690K Per Unit

With a 99-year ground lease from the City of San Francisco for which Mercy Housing will pay a total of $99 as proposed, the projected cost of building the affordable housing development to rise on the southwest corner of Sixth and Howard is $47,333,630, which includes $4,600,000 in consideration for the land. With $1,110,264 allocated to Read More »

Lincecum’s Freakishly Large Paradise Pad On The Market For $4M

Lincecum’s Freakishly Large Paradise Pad On The Market For $4M

Tim Lincecum has put his 11,028-square-foot home in Arizona on the market for $3,995,500.  The  San Francisco Giants’ ace pitcher purchased the Paradise Valley pad from former Pittsburgh Pirates fist baseman Kevin Young for $3.4 million in 2012. From the LA Times with respect to Timmy’s home away from home: Within the 11,028 square feet of living space Read More »

Sacramento Scores New Downtown Arena And Development

Sacramento Scores New Downtown Arena And Development

Partnering with San Francisco-based JMA Ventures, the Sacramento Kings have received the blessing of Sacramento’s City Council to start construction on a 1.5-million-square-foot re-development of Sacramento Downtown Plaza, a 14-acre parcel in the heart of Sacramento’s downtown. The development will include 350,000 square feet of retail, 475,000 square feet of office, a 250 room hotel, 550 residential Read More »

Academy Of Art Continues To Disregard Planning, Penalty Free

It was well over a year ago that San Francisco’s Planning Department issued Notices of Violation and Penalty for the following twenty-two properties operated by the Academy of Art University: 1. 601 Brannan Street, 2. 1080 Bush Street, 3. 1153 Bush Street, 4. 58-60 Federal Street, 5. 631 Howard Street, 6. 2225 Jerrold Avenue, 7. Read More »

Private Shuttles Are Easing Congestion, But Causing More Potholes

With an estimated reduction of over 45 million vehicle miles traveled per year, a big benefit of the private shuttle buses running from San Francisco to the Peninsula is a reduction in overall vehicle emissions and congestion on the roads. According to an analysis conducted by the Department of Public Work’s Infrastructure Design & Construction Read More »

The Warriors Island Arena And Aptly Named Watermark

The Warriors Island Arena And Aptly Named Watermark

Of the six key design issues for the proposed Warriors arena upon San Francisco’s Piers 30-32, how the proposed public access areas of the development will perform under the latest estimates for sea level rise and a 100-year flood is number six. While we’re happy to report that the public access areas of the proposed Read More »

The Push To Landmark An At-Risk Market Street Tree

Seeking an “open aesthetic,” the buyer of 3066 Market Street, a speculative project which had been stalled mid-construction and ended up selling on the courthouse steps earlier this year, was planning to chop down the 75-foot-tall redwood tree in the backyard. Sponsored by Supervisor Wiener and recommended by San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Development Read More »

According To Shrimp Boy, San Francisco Is Dirtier Than It Looks

From the declaration of Special Agent Emmanuel Pascua in support of indicting State Senator Leland Yee, former gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, and ex-S.F. school board member Keith Jackson, amongst others: “…Chow and the talked about the corrupt nature of politics in San Francisco. Chow commented how San Francisco has changed over the Read More »

They’ve Literally Struck Gold While Digging Downtown

They’ve Literally Struck Gold While Digging Downtown

A plugged-in tipster reports that they have struck gold, quite literally, while excavating Transbay Blocks 6 & 7 for the 32-story tower and mid-rise to rise along Folsom Street. Okay, so it’s only the single Chilean gold doubloon pictured above and dated 1838 that has been uncovered so far, or at least that’s all that Read More »

The Economics Of Urban Trees

The Economics Of Urban Trees

As part of the due diligence for San Francisco’s Urban Forest Plan, an inventory and accounting for 24,858 publicly managed “street trees” was conducted. And while the math is a little fuzzy, especially when it comes to the socioeconomic benefits, each tree was estimated to contribute just under $160 a year in benefits to the Read More »

A Rather Extensive “Remodeling” (Of Everything But The Façade)

A Rather Extensive “Remodeling” (Of Everything But The Façade)

While the façade of 2178 Pine Street hangs like a Hollywood set with nothing left behind, technically the potential historic resource hasn’t been demolished but is rather being “remodeled,” with permits to convert the first floor (which no longer exists) to habitable living space, remodel the second and third floors of the building (which no Read More »

San Francisco’s America’s Cup Accounting And Projected Deficit

Preliminary accounting for the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco pegs the economic impact of the event at $364 million versus original projections of $1.4 billion, with roughly 700,000 spectators versus a projected 2.7 million, and a deficit of at least $5.5 million to be covered by the City. If the construction of San Francisco’s Read More »