Monthly Archives: January 2013

Who cares about SoMa’s Youth and Family Zone?

Following a two week continuance that came about at the request of Supervisor Jane Kim, a proposal for an 11 story hotel at 250 Fourth Street will be considered by the Planning Commission this Thursday afternoon. Commissioners agreed that the project sponsors needed more time to conduct adequate outreach to the nonprofit organizations serving the Filipino population in the area.  Continue reading


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BuzzFeed: “Promises of charity won tax breaks for tech companies”


San Francisco tech companies will avoid local taxes in exchange for promises, charitable contributions, and even promoted tweets, according to draft city documents. The agreements could be finalized as soon as tomorrow.

BuzzFeed Staff

Twitter and six other San Francisco tech companies are set to receive sizable tax breaks from the city in exchange for non-binding promises to make charitable contributions totaling, in many cases, just tens of thousands of dollars — along with promoted tweets for local groups. Continue reading →

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Falling ad banner lands on power lines above Tennis Club

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Brian Wallace sends along news that an advertising banner fell off a small plane and landed on top of power lines above the San Francisco Tennis Club at 5th and Brannan Streets shortly before noon today. Traffic was backed up for blocks surrounding the club. A PG&E spokesman said that power was knocked out to about 2,000 homes and businesses but crews had restored power to all but about 250 customers by 1:00 PM.

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Proposal to raze I-280 linked to train and real estate deals

I-280 and 16th

San Francisco Bay Guardian

It’s a bold idea, discussed for years behind closed doors and recently announced in a strangely understated and pro-growth way: Tear down the last mile of Interstate 280 and replace it with an wide boulevard – reminiscent of the removal of the Central and Embarcadero freeways – in order to facilitate the extension of electrified Caltrain and high-speed rail tracks into the Transbay Terminal. Continue reading →

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Bay Lights Testing (Video)

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posted on 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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“Suburban-style” Orchard Supply store heading towards February 14 Planning Commission showdown


The nationwide Orchard Supply Hardware chain will bring a “suburban-style” big box retail development proposal before the Planning Commission on February 14. This retrofit of an existing structure at 975 Bryant Street puts most of its design features into a main entrance opening onto an adjacent parking lot and would have a minimal presence on the sidewalk side of the building.  Continue reading


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A note from TNDC’s Don Falk

“After 12 years in development, TNDC is pleased to share that we are moving forward with our plans to develop affordable housing at 1400 Mission (corner of 10th and Mission). As some of you know, TNDC purchased the site in 2000 and the project has undergone several iterations over the years. After attempting to finance several proposals for affordable rental housing at this location, and with an eye towards what had become by 2011 a startlingly bleak picture regarding financing for affordable rental housing, TNDC entered into an agreement with Tishman Speyer to develop the site as affordable homeownership housing.  Continue reading

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