Detroit or San Francisco? The Abandoned Shopping Malls of the 415 – Concrete and Clay and General Decay – On Masonic

Even people who don’t like big box stores think that there should be a big box store at this location at Geary and Masonic.

But no matter, it’s been empty for donkey’s years anyway.


Note lonely red shopping cart (from Target?) and giant Planning Commission public notice:

Oh well.

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6 Responses to “Detroit or San Francisco? The Abandoned Shopping Malls of the 415 – Concrete and Clay and General Decay – On Masonic”

  1. The feng shui of this place is all messed up.

  2. Alai says:

    Well, I’m going to disagree with you there– I see no reason why there should be a big box store there. I think it could be a great location for the kind of dense, commercial + residential mixture that San Francisco does well, sitting as it does on a major transit spine (which deserves, of course, much better than the 38). It has great views, it sits at the top of the hill– it could be an amazing landmark for the western half of the city.

  3. E says:

    This is my least favorite building in the entire city… worse than the Continental Hotel and that tower right on top of the Bay Bridge. Whether it turns into mixed use or big box, the existing thing is a total tear down.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    I think there’s a plan is to take the building and make it a Target, one of these days…

  5. L says:

    The Target got approved. It is supposed to open some time in 2013. I’d much rather it get turned into apartments and shops since I have to walk around it every day. Sadly, I think it wins best view from a parking lot.

    The biggest problem, even after the add a dedicated left turn on Masonic, is going to be the fact that every single car leaving Target must go through a very confusing 4-way stop at O’Farrell and Baker, right at the Kaiser emergency room. What a mess.

  6. Rob Anderson says:

    There are a number of existing businesses in that building/complex. Target will occupy the biggest space, which used to be Mervyns. It’s one of the few locations in SF suitable for a “box store,” since it has plenty of parking. And the city is plannng to screw up traffic on Masonic, which will be done in time for the opening of the new Target.

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