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Caruso’s Dream Unveiling February 23

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from the BLACK ARTS FOUNDATION

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

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by JIM MEKO

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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Defenestration’s days are numbered

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A hearing at the Planning Commission is set for August 1, 2013 to clear the way forward for a 9-story housing project that contains 67 permanently affordable units at the corner of 6th and Howard Streets. The site is currently home to Brian Goggin’s multi-disciplinary sculptural mural titled “Defenestration.”  Continue reading

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Central Market CBD coming to a neighborhood near you?

The Central Market Community Benefit District (CMCBD) is getting ready to renew and possibly expand its neighborhood services in the greater Central Market and SoMa area. The CBD promises to create a cleaner, safer and more inviting neighborhood.

Learn more about the CMCBD and its neighborhood programs by attending one of two meet and greets, scheduled on March 19 and 27. Hear about the CMCBD’s renewal and proposed expansion of its community services. Meet the CMCBD Board, Staff, Steering Committee, Community Guides, Clean Team and Partners.  Continue reading

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Bay Lights Testing (Video)

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posted on http://www.rinconhillsf.org on January 14, 2013:

In case you did not get a chance to see any of the activities on the western span’s north side over the weekend related to testing of The Bay Lights project, here’s a bit of video from Sunday night (January 13, 2013). Please consider giving $50 to sponsor one of the 25,000 lights to make this art project happen!

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How much tech can one city take?

By David Talbot
San Francisco Magazine

“… ever since his Twitter awakening, [Mayor Ed] Lee has been moving quickly to align his administration with the booming technology industry, shrugging off complaints from the city’s powerful progressives that he’s gotten too cozy with tech moguls, such as investor Ron Conway. The mayor’s proposal to shift business taxes from a payroll-based plan to one based on gross receipts will be on the November ballot, with wide backing from the Board of Supervisors, labor unions, and, of course, Conway. Progressive gadfly Aaron Peskin tapped a deep well of distrust on the left last month when he told the San Francisco Chronicle, ‘The Koch brothers are trying to buy the president of the United States, and Ron Conway has bought himself a mayor.’” Read more →

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Dunes, Trains and Beer: The Buried History of SoMa, July 21

SOMArts Cultural Center and SF Camerawork present a unique opportunity to get to know the hidden history of South of Market. In conjunction with local muralist Susan Greene’s “Bending over Backward” installation (appearing in the exhibition Performing Community, July 6–28 at SOMArts Cultural Center), Chris Carlsson of Shaping San Francisco will lead a free walking tour to help you discover lost layers of history.  Continue reading

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Proceeds from upcoming leather/fetish events to benefit local charity work

A press release from Folsom Street Events:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  (Wednesday, March 28, 2012)  –  The Board of Directors of Folsom Street Events announced this year’s line up of its Major and Supporting beneficiaries today. Net proceeds from five key San Francisco leather and fetish events (Bay of Pigs™, Up Your Alley®, Magnitude®, Folsom Street Fair®, and DEVIANTS™) will be donated to local charities working in public health, human services, and the arts. Last year, Folsom Street Events donated over $330,000 to local and national charities in need.  Continue reading

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Revisiting entertainment: new nightclubs, okay … new housing, not?

At this afternoon’s Planning Commission presentation of the Western SoMa Community Plan, it was suggested during public comment that the light  industrial zoning south of Harrison Street be extended into the 11th Street area because, under that new zoning category, entertainment would become a permitted use. The Task Force liberalized the zoning because new housing in the SALI (Service, Arts and Light Industrial) district would not be allowed.

That would be an interesting switcheroo. Housing, currently as-of-right, would suddenly find itself a non-permitted use and entertainment, grandfathered in as a legal, nonconforming use, would become a fully permitted use. The Planning Commissioners, often sympathetic to fun sounding notions — particularly if they are not personally impacted — might very well consider making the swap. Continue reading

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Long anticipated WSoMa Plan finally heading to Planning Commission

The Western SoMa Citizens Planning Task Force is preparing to introduce the Proposal for Adoption of the Western SoMa Community Plan to the Planning Commission. This is the beginning of the final stage in the adoption process. The Task Force is scheduled to make informational presentations to the Planning Commission on September 8 and October 13. The first presentation will focus on the Community Plan itself, along with public benefits policies and implementation measures. The October 13th presentation will concentrate on the Design Standards, Community Stabilization Policy, Social Heritage Districts and Planning Code changes. Continue reading

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