Kroger to sell 11 markets in S.F., Marin

It looks like the remaining Cala/Bell Markets in San Francisco will remain open, and under new ownership… From today’s Chronicle, After months of negotiation, the Kroger Co. has agreed to sell 11 Cala Foods and Bell Markets in San Francisco and Marin County to supermarket veteran Harley DeLano. DeLano, who had been negotiating with Kroger since December, said he entered escrow Tuesday. If all goes well, the stores will be transferred to DeLano Retail Partners — the company he runs

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Just how crowded is San Francisco?

Caught this first on MetrobloggingSF, which links back to the source, SFCityscape… Turns out SFCityscape did a little number crunching from the US Census Bureau’s data, and put together a nice map showing where the majority of people live in San Francisco. Not surprisingly, the highest density is in the Tenderloin, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. I would say that in short-order South Beach should pass most of these higher-density neighborhoods as the high rises get fully-occupied. Another interesting comparison is

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Surge in Home Prices Leaves Homeowners Underinsured

From RealEstateJournal.com It’s the downside of the housing boom: Many homeowners are now significantly underinsured. Americans have been pouring money into their homes in recent years, adding everything from marble bathrooms to fancy backyard barbecues: Last year alone, spending on improvements like these hit an estimated $155 billion, up 27% from two years earlier. At the same time, the global boom in commodities prices — lumber, copper piping and other necessities — as well as rising labor costs has pushed

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Residents pushing for redevelopment of Schlage factory site

From today’s SFGate, A closed factory on San Francisco’s Bayshore Boulevard has become the blight of Visitacion Valley, but a redevelopment plan could bring new housing and retail space to the site. The Schlage Lock Co. shut in 1999, and city officials say they envision the company’s 12-acre site transformed into an extension of the existing community, with 800 housing units, 15 percent of which would be designated as affordable housing, and 100,000 square feet for a much-needed major grocery

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Architecture and the City – Tours and Parties!

The San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects is organizing a series of “architectural tours, film screenings, exhibitions, design lectures and more”… Celebrating San Francisco’s unique built environment and design community, Architecture and the City is the first series of its kind in the Bay Area to feature architectural tours, film screenings, exhibitions, design lectures and more. Now in its third year, the month-long celebration engages members of the public, design enthusiasts and architects and designers with a

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