“A proposed 47-story condominium tower — which also would be the long-awaited permanent home of the Mexican Museum — faces the prospect of a lawsuit from residents of the Four Seasons on Market Street who want to stop it from casting a pall on sunny Union Square.”
Mexican Museum site caught in shadow fight [Ex]

“In San Francisco, which tied with San Diego as the 9th best place to rent, it’ll take a while before buying becomes cheaper than renting — 3.4 years to be exact.”
SF, SJ Among Top 10 Cities For Renting Rather Than Buying A Home [CBS]

“The World War II-era diesel-powered submarine, traveling up the coast from San Diego, made a detour through the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. The photos taken along the way are quite good, and display a unique angle of San Francisco during its affordable bedroom community years — before most of the skyscrapers went up.”
San Francisco in 1951 as seen from a U.S. Navy submarine [Chron]

“Security deposits can be a huge bone of contention between renters and landlords. Now, with more than $5.6 billion held as rental deposits in California, a proposed state law would tighten how landlords handle that money.”
Security deposits stir up disputes between landlords, tenants [Chron]

“You know the acronyms: HANC, HAIA, HAMA. You might even know what they stand for. But, do you know what they do, or how they’re different from each other?”
Haight Organizations: Who They Are and What They Do [Uppercasing]

“This is the first loft project in the greater North of Market area, and to my knowledge one of the view buildings where you can watch movies and enjoy a fire pit on the roof. These units will be rented fast, so those interested should get their applications in now.”
New Loft Housing Boosts San Francisco’s Tenderloin [BeyondChron]

“The eight-story, 98-unit mixed-used building with 4,900 square feet of commercial space has already sold out of its 18 pre-released units (in just eight days). “
Coming Attractions: New Renderings Revealed for Van Ness Boutique Building [Curbed]

“With a shortage of large parks, the neighborhoods of Nob Hill and Russian Hill can either hope for Francisco Reservoir to be converted to a park, or make due with the abundance of smaller ones at their disposal. “
Park Life: Choose From Two Parks to Rest While Cimbing Nob Hill [Curbed]

“The last hurdle to clear is the vote by the entire Board on June 4th – a 6-person majority plus mayoral approval would make the acquisition a reality!”
More Good News for the Noe Valley Town Square [Noe Valley]

“The facility, which could be built on land Salesforce or UCSF owns, would replace the VA Medical Center’s bucolic but cramped and outdated home near the Golden Gate.”
VA aims for $500 million Mission Bay hospital [Biz Times]

“Mission Bay seems like such a simple move for the VA Medical Center and its productive research operations. But let’s face it: This is a government agency in a city where it’s tough to do much of anything construction-wise.”
5 reasons why the VA will move to Mission Bay — and why it probably won’t [Biz Times]

“Toxic sludge is being pumped out of San Francisco’s Mountain Lake this week in an operation that officials hope will transform what has for years been a filthy pond full of alien species into a clean, healthy natural preserve.”
Mountain Lake’s huge cleanup effort [Chron]

“Readers, are you sitting down? The median price for a one bedroom is $2,764, up $64 from March.”
Cool Map Thing: Mapping the Average Rental Rate of a One and Two Bedroom in San Francisco [Curbed]

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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