from LAWRENCE STOKUS
South Beach gadfly
UPDATE: The Windy City beat out other cities, including a contentious battle against San Francisco, winning the bid to build an interactive museum for “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. – CNN
As we await George Lucas’ decision as to where he wants to locate his museum, keep several things in mind:
1. Locating the Lucas Museum on Lot 330 is an excellent choice and the neighborhood (and the city) seem to be wholly in favor of the concept. However, the museum location is just one aspect of the project.
2. Equally important is how the Port and the City will handle the redevelopment of the South Beach waterfront in conjunction with the Lucas Museum project. Namely, what will happen to the derelict piers (26, 28, 30-32 & 38) that are now sitting empty and obstructing the South Beach waterfront?
3. This is a great opportunity to have both a world class museum and a world class waterfront in South Beach. We must focus on both aspects of the project.
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.
from JAMIE WHITAKER
There are manufacturers who actually “make stuff” other than software in San Francisco. Who would’ve thought?!? Click here to watch.
* PDR = Production, distribution and repair, i.e. service and light industrial jobs
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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By a 5-2 vote, the Planning Commission voted against the formula retail application of Orchard Supply Hardware to put a 33,000 square foot store at 975 Bryant Street. Continue reading
by STEVEN T. JONES
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 →
The Folsom Street Fair was once timed to coincide with the Autumnal Equinox. However, since 1993 the fair’s date came to be associated with the last Sunday in September.
In 2012, the fair was moved to Sunday, September 23 to avoid a conflict with Oracle Open World. For the next three years, with 2014 being the only exception, the fair will occur on the last Sunday in September.
FUTURE DATES FOR FOLSOM STREET FAIR:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 27, 2015
According to Demetri Moshoyannis, Executive Director, “Next year marks the 30th Folsom Street Fair and we will revert to our normal date on the last Sunday of the month. In 2014, we will move the date up a week again to avoid a similar conflict; but, for 2015 we are back to the last Sunday of the month again.”
Published on Nov. 1, 2012 by jamiewhitaker
I want to share with SoMa neighbors why I believe Proposition B, the parks bond, is a bad deal for SoMa and perpetuates the exploitation and neglect of SoMa residents. We should ask for a more equitable parks bond in 2013 or 2014 and refuse to accept Prop B in 2012.