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From casket factories to convention centers: a photographic memory

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Janet Delaney will be presenting photos from the current de Young exhibition, Janet Delaney: South of Market, at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Mission Street, on Thursday July 16. Preservation Planner Jonathan Lammers will provide an overview of SoMa’s oft-contested development history.

Janet Delaney built a darkroom in the third bedroom, and started photographing her neighborhood. South of Market was filled with industry: casket factories, blacksmiths, sign shops, auto mechanics. It was a working class neighborhood with families, a growing gay population, and artists. But that was about to change, and Delaney wanted to capture it on film.

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Developer seeks to transform 10th and Harrison parking lot into “smart interim spaces”


Speaking of creative uses for shipping containers, Dennis Wong ( has announced a pre-app meeting for a three-level “mixed-use” development at 10th and Harrison Streets. This is the same vacant lot that was to be home to a recycling center last year.  Continue reading

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Mid-Market development loses highly touted arts center plan

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San Francisco Chronicle

A Mid-Market developer is pulling the plug on plans to include a community-based performing arts center as part of a flashy mixed-use hotel and residential complex at 950 Market St. Continue reading →


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Photo exhibit captures old SoMa

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photo: Janet Delaney

from SFGate

“Janet Delaney: South of Market,” at the de Young Museum, contains 40-odd 1980s color photographs whose time, regrettably, has come back. Delaney’s work celebrates photography as a medium of civic memory. To call it “street photography,” though much of it consists of street views, belittles its activist spirit. Continue reading →


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Cartoon: America of the future



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Caruso’s Dream Unveiling February 23



Artists Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn‘s newest piece, ”And My Room Still Rocks Like a Boat on the Sea (Caruso’s Dream),” is currently under construction at 55 9th St. in San Francisco. The work is a permanent site-specific artwork commissioned by Avalon Bay (through a request for proposals organized by BRAF) for its new 17-story residential high-rise at 55 Ninth Street. The artists are coordinating an “Unveiling Happening” that will take place at the piece on February 23, 2014 at Dusk (i.e., shortly after sunset, which is at 5:59 pm).  Continue reading

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Purple building looks like toast


An early morning fire this past Sunday did to the so-called purple building on 11th Street what years of controversy failed to do.

Once the target of anti-residential zeal, the entertainment lobby convinced Supervisor Jane Kim to change the zoning along 11th Street from WMUG (friendly to residential development) to WMUO (mixed-use office), which precludes housing. Entertainment advocates had pushed for a down-zoning to service and industrial uses but Kim and the Planning Commission chose instead to create a different sort of up-zoning. The residential project proposed for the site has since been changed to an office development.

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