Happy Ending for Blighted Hugo Hotel

You’ve probably heard of the “broken window” theory. It says that if a broken window isn’t fixed it sends a message to the neighborhood that the people who live here don’t care, so go ahead and spray graffiti, vandalize property, and break more windows. In San Francisco we don’t have broken windows. We have broken buildings. Exhibit A is the “furniture building” near the base of Sixth Street. Vacant since 1988, the Hugo Hotel is a claptrap building with a single defining feature

Continue Reading

San Francisco Residential Housing Permits Fell Off a Cliff

It will come as no surprise that SF residential housing permits dropped due to the Great Recession.  What was of interest to me is how dramatically they declined in relation to the past decade. This chart comes courtesy of Ted Egan, Chief Economist for the Office of Economic Analysis in San Francisco, who hosted a very thorough discussion on the state of the San Francisco economy for the quarterly meeting of the Residential Builders Association. Other sound bites of the half hour talk

Continue Reading

Artspan features Open Studios for the next 4 weekends!

The open studios are a great way to check out neighborhoods and artists that you might not be familiar with!  It’s all free admission, you’ll meet new people and see new things.  Why not go out and see some art this month! 2010 SF Open Studios Weekend Dates: Weekend 1: October 9 & 10, 11am to 6pm Bernal Heights, Castro, Duboce, Eureka Valley, Glen Park, Mission, Noe Valley, Portola Download Weekend 1 Map Weekend 2: October 16 & 17, 11am

Continue Reading

One Ecker Resurrected

Coming back on the market after being finished by another developer.  Polaris Group will be marketing the project and is expecting to open up the sales office this weekend. It’s a brick and timber conversion building with some nice finishes, but no parking in building. Originally the 51 Condos which range from 475 to 1270 square feet were priced from $450K to $1.4M.  Now, prices for junior one-bedrooms start at $299,000, One-Bedrooms start at $439,000 and Two-Bedrooms start at $599,000.

Continue Reading

Join the 350 Kitchen Garden Challenge

It’s everywhere, this idea of growing food in small spaces, at home; anywhere there’s some light and space. And there’s a group who wants to help you do it too!  Do you have a balcony, patio, or a yard?  You could be one of the new wave of urban gardens growing food to help the environment, the over burdened sewer system and your self! Already have a kitchen garden?  Register it with the project and be counted as working towards

Continue Reading

Site Footer