“It’s unlikely a glass bottle thrown away in a public trash can will make it all the way to the landfill. That’s because the city counts on an unofficial army of mostly homeless people to pick through public trash receptacles so they can haul the bottles and cans to recycling centers themselves.”
SF doesn’t recycle trash in public cans [Chron]

“Buying homes sight unseen is a small but growing trend in the Bay Area, fueled by the over-competitive market and burgeoning interest by international buyers – and enabled by technological advances.”
In hot market, bid first, see house later [Chron]

“‘I’ve faced this situation about 30 times before,’ Goggin said, ‘with people telling me that (the artwork’s) demise was just around the corner.'”
‘Defenestration’ hotel faces demolition [Chron]

“Plenty of people decided to cash in their stocks or use money they had saved in the bank to compete with investors, a situation that is squeezing out buyers obtaining mortgages.”
Rise In All-Cash Home Sales Frustrates Bay Area First-Time Buyers [KCBS]

“The rent went up and it was too small of a space”
490 Hayes Prepares for New Occupants [Hayeswire]

“Located at 220 Golden Gate Ave in the Tenderloin, the $95 million, 127,000 sq.ft. residential building will provide homes and support for 172 formerly homeless persons in the form of efficiency studios.”
Extreme Makeovers: Kelly Cullen Community Opens in Former YMCA [Curbed]

“The aim is to restore Alamo Square’s vintage, Turn of the Century look, and to do so the city needs to replace a failing irrigation system with a new one. Ballpark cost: $2.3 million.”
Underground leaks ruining Alamo Square’s vintage look [BayNature]

“Though not the oldest city in the country, we certainly have our fair share of old timers, and all 13 of these are celebrating their 100th birthday in 2013”
13 San Francisco Buildings That Turn 100 in 2013 [Curbed]

“Nordstrom Rack has picked 901 Market St. over the ground-up development Market Street Place for its new downtown store.”
Nordstrom Rack picks old over new in San Francisco’s Mid-Market [Biz Times]

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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