The heavy political guns were out in force for a noon press conference at the San Francisco Flower Mart yesterday.
Former Mayor Art Agnos, President of the Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin, State Senator Quentin Kopp and District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim lined up in support of the small businesses fighting for their lives against mega-developer Kilroy Realty Corporation, which hopes to develop the property into a SoMa tech campus.
The loss of a San Francisco institution like the Flower Mart finally puts a human face on the relentless drive of high tech office developers to strip away all that makes San Francisco unique. I abhor the term PDR (production, distribution and repair). This designation for service and light industry robs the humanity from the reality of good working class jobs.
Citywide coverage was extensive.
The headline writer at the Chronicle sorta jumped the gun on the eventual outcome of this land use battle, opining “Flower Mart site to become offices; current tenants won’t be uprooted.” It would seem that a disclaimer about their own property next door, which stand to benefit from a rezoning, would have been appropriate. The San Francisco Examiner wrote a more even-handed piece, headlined, “Threatened with tech development, SF Flower Mart allies rally for City institution.”
“Battle brewing over San Francisco Flower Mart development,” is how the San Francisco Business Times saw the story. “Flower Mart vendors in SoMa protest potential closure,” wrote KTVU TV Channel 2 news. “San Francisco Flower Mart Tenants Hope To Stave Off Eviction From Historic Building,” was posted on KPIX TV Channel 5’s website and the real estate industry heavies at SF.Curbed asked, “Is San Francisco’s Flower Mart About to Become Office Space?”
[This article was originally posted on August 28 but was substantially edited this morning, September 2, at 9:45 a.m.