Noe Valley explores new restaurants

From today’s Examiner, “After nearly 20 years with no new restaurants allowed on 24th Street, Noe Valley is poised to allow three more eateries to open in the next five years.” “…after a neighborhood survey two years ago found residents eager for more options, [Friends of Noe Valley] changed its tune and now is advocating three more full-service restaurants with liquor licenses over the next five years. Supervisor Bevan Dufty recently introduced a zoning amendment to that effect, which is

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Yahoo is hunting for space to put thousands of planned new workers

As the economy ramps back up again post-dot com, Yahoo! is expanding its offices around the Bay Area including a new 200,000 square foot office in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Business Times. “Yahoo Inc. is on the prowl for what commercial real estate industry sources say could be as much as a million square feet of new office space in the Bay Area. That would be enough space for 3,500 to 4,000 employees. The space is for

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Concept of putting housing with transit begins to take off

From this week’s San Francisco Business Times, “The transit village concept — building residential and commercial units near transit hubs — has been around for 15 years. But just four of BART’s 43 stations and Emeryville’s Amtrak station have completed first-phase projects. The Peninsula is in earlier stages of developing its Caltrain stations.” “Meanwhile a dozen other stations are in the planning stages, including San Francisco’s Balboa Park. Fremont, San Leandro, South Hayward and Daly City are also being studied

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Growth Factor – from 7×7 – Nov 2005

Unfortunately, there’s no online component to this article, but I feel it’s worth mentioning… The newest issue of 7×7 Magazine (Nov 2005) has a great article on urban planning and more specifically on Rincon/South Beach. If you have a chance to pick this one up (or just stop by a bookstore and read it), the article is on page 128. The article is a Q&A with a group of four guys who work in urban planning, non-profit architecture, the planning

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Watermark Announces Sale of Affordable Units

There’s a small ad in today’s Chronicle Real Estate section (pg. K9) that announces the upcoming lottery and sale of the Watermark’s affordable housing units. Since there’s no online version of this, I’m just copying the information here: An exciting home ownership opportunity is being offered in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood. Available home types include one to three bedroom floor plans that range from approx. 751 to 1,237 square feet. Come to a meeting to learn about the selection

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