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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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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.... Read More »