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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 »

A Tip Of The Cap To Our America’s Cup Youth

A Tip Of The Cap To Our America’s Cup Youth

While lackluster attendance and a qualifying Cup in which too many times only one boat has been racing has taken a bit of the bloom off San Francisco’s America’s Cup rose, glimpses of ten 45-foot boats all out on the Bay can’t help but to perk things up. So it’s a tip of the captain’s Read More »

America’s Cup Spectator Count Isn’t Lagging, It’s Luffing

According to America’s Cup officials, around 500,000 people to date have been counted as spectators at the official race venues on San Francisco’s Marina Green and Piers 27-29 with another 500,000 or so expected to be tallied during the finals next month. While not specified, it’s likely safe to assume those aren’t unique visitors being Read More »

The Aliotos’ Towering Mansion Sells For Millions Under Asking, But Fifty-Two Times Their Purchase Price

The Aliotos’ Towering Mansion Sells For Millions Under Asking, But Fifty-Two Times Their Purchase Price

Having hit the market asking $16,500,000 this past March, the list price for the Aliotos’ Pacific Heights home at 2898 Vallejo Street was reduced to $13,900,000 in April. This afternoon, the sale of 2898 Vallejo closed escrow with a reported contract price of $11,750,000, roughly two million “under asking,” closer to five million under original Read More »

More Dirt On Madrone

More Dirt On Madrone

With many having paid for million dollar views, a mini-revolt is brewing over at Madrone as residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with the state of the building’s windows and appearance over in South Mission Bay. While the building’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s) dictate that Madrone’s windows are to be cleaned every May and October, Read More »

Beware The Renderings Of Giants

Beware The Renderings Of Giants

San Francisco’s Planning Commission will decide whether or not to approve Chipotle Mexican Grill’s application to renovate and open in the vacant Upper Market building at 2100 Market Street on Thursday, Chipotle’s rendering for which is presented above. In the words of an observant reader: “I like how the people in the rendering are all Read More »