“What is never clear from his article is how San Francisco’s current land use process differs from the past, other than the far from secret fact that Ed Lee is unusually committed to creating jobs and getting things done.”
Chronicle Promotes False History of SF Planning, Development [BeyondChron]

“Ostensibly, the tower transmits radio/TV waves; but in reality, it’s a secret government tool that purple bunny butt Grape Nuts swimming.”
Tinfoil Hat Alert: Sutro Tower Adding New Antenna [SFist]

“Leasing by San Francisco-area technology firms is slowing just as developers are poised to add 6.5 million square feet of office space to the city and Silicon Valley, the most construction in a dozen years.”
San Francisco Leasing Slows Amid Office Boom: Real Estate [Bloomberg]

“Instead of the ‘fixed grin’ of the Victorian, 8 Octavia has a fluid, changing façade that is modulated by the individual residents inside.”
Work grinds to a start on new Octavia housing units [Ex]

“The project, formerly known as 800 Brotherwood Way, was blocked for years by neighborhood groups who argued that the formerly city-owned site was set aside in 1958 for educational and religious uses, not housing. Eventually the city’s board of appeals ruled against the neighborhood opponents, which included former supervisor Tony Hall and retired Judge Quentin Kopp”
182 Suburban-style homes in urban S.F.? Believe it [Biz Times]

“There were big concerns about wind speeds on the busy corner, and for a while wind effects were dictating creation of a design that would meet the wind requirements. “
Ask Curbed: What’s Up With the Richard Meier Project at One Van Ness? [Biz Times]

“Yesterday afternoon, a fire broke out on the grassy hillside behind the Ellsworth Street projects, just east of the Alemany Farm, facing I-280.”
Homes Saved as SFFD Halts Hillside Brush Fire in South Bernal [Bernalwood]

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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