“For local chefs, it’s become the water cooler fodder of choice: Is it worth betting on the area’s undeveloped pockets-particularly the one dubbed Mid-Market, centered around Ninth and 10th streets?”
Restaurateurs leap into Mid-Market [Chron]

“What once was a favorite of Victorian-era collectors is believed to be the first American species of butterfly to become extinct through the urban development of its habitat.”
The Sunset District’s extinction distinction: a little blue butterfly [OBB]

“The theater building would remain, and house retail stores on the first level, with a 211 seat theater and a full service restaurant on the second level. “
Public hearing Thursday on Alexandria development; odd graffiti on building [Richmond SF]

“Simply put, the best way to sell a house- besides pricing- is to remove both the occupants and their detritus, paint it, and have someone come in and redecorate it to look like a West Elm catalogue. “
What You Need To Know About Selling Your Home: How To Get Your Property Ready For the Market [Curbed]

“In San Francisco, gold-level hotels (the second highest ranking in greenness) include Orchard Garden Hotel, Fairmont San Francisco and Hotel Carlton, Hilton Union Square and the W San Francisco. Other hotels that made the list include the Galleria Park and the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf.”
San Francisco’s green hotels lead the pack [Biz Times]

“The Grove acquired such a following over the past decade that its owners have opened three more locations around the city. But they recently announced that they’ll be closing the Chestnut Street location because of untenable rents — driven up, in large part, because of the well-paid techies who chow down on its huevos rancheros every day.”
San Francisco Hangout Becomes Casualty of Tech Boom [NYT]

“A lot of San Franciscans don’t like change, so they cling to the past, even in a center of high tech. The result is a city that prizes its thousands of Victorian houses, wooden reminders of another age. “
Old Victorians get restoration help [Chron]

“The discovery of an ancient, buried landslide has delayed construction and added more than $200 million to the cost of replacing seismically unsafe Calaveras Dam, the largest local source of San Francisco-area drinking water.”
Calaveras Dam runs into worrisome delay [Chron]

“The alert system is like a personal assistant in your pocket–if you set up an alert it will send you a push notification whenever something you’re seeking comes on the market.”
Lovely Building a Transparent Apartment Rental Platform on Web and Mobile [7×7]

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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