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Frisco’s Millennium Tower Exceeds Its Limits – Srsly – And Here’s the Sidewalk Out Front

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Uh oh:

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And, speaking of exceeding limits, here’s the cracked sidewalk out front:

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(Level 42 is called Level 43 – why is that? And Level 44 is called Level 46 – again, why is that?)

Ah, memories:

“More Than A Place To Live, This Is A Way To Live.

Rare and precious, shimmering on the skyline like crystal, Millennium Tower is one of Worth Magazine’s “Top 10 Residential Buildings in the World.” Inspired by the very essence of San Francisco, in form and in function, this is an address like no other.

FOR EVERY LIFESTYLE, A LIVING SPACE. Millennium Tower residences are the canvases where owners create their own unique San Francisco lifestyle. Streetwise and close to the city’s energy. Comfortably situated in a welcoming, open aerie. Or high above it all, with a view of the iconic Bay Bridge and the world beyond. Here, urban luxury living is elevated to an art form.

City Residences
In the 11-story mid-rise adjacent to the main tower, City Residences offer an urban loft aesthetic connected to the energy of the street.

The Residences
Ensconced on the 3rd through 25th floors, The Residences feature clean lines, designer finishes and exceptional city views.

The Grand Residences
From the vantage point of floors 26 through 60, The Grand Residences are the pinnacle of luxury, unparalleled in San Francisco.

The “Faceless Rooftop Wraiths” of 580 California

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

It’s 580 California in front of the BofA Building:

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White Elephant! Get Your White Elephants! For Sale, Now In the Twitterloin – Our HIBERNIA BANK Building is “COMING SOON FOR LEASE?”

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Oh no no no no no! This thing has been on the market for a while now. So you can’t just say “COMING SOON.”

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It’s a nice place to visit, perhaps, inside, but you wouldn’t want to live there, is what I’m saying.

What it is is a symbol of Yet Another Failed “Rebirth” of the Tenderloin.

But go ahead buy it, Area Billionaires. You could use it as your secret lair. (And it won’t kill you the way some other hobbies might.)

C’mon. I dare you. Buy this historic building, and then the sellers (lessors, landlords, agents, realtors, Developers?) will take all their banners down, hurrah!

OIOW:

“Even if these improvements can be made [and oh, they were, to the tune of $18 million or so], one must ask if it is worth the trouble. The building will still be sitting in the middle of the worst of Mid-Market.”

It’s Now Safer to Raise and Lower Flags on Top of City Hall – I Guess – Just Look at This Ugly Walkway

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

First, things were all like this atop City Hall, the highest* classical dome** in the Western*** Hemisphere.

But now they’re like this, with a more prominent walkway up there:

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Safety First, I s’pose, consarn it. Really jumps out at you is what I’m saying…

*Yes, higher than the U.S. Capitol Building Back East. By design. Just ever so slightly. On purpose.

**So yes, it’s lower than the Superdome football stadium and whatnot.

***And yes, the Great Countries of Europe have domes what are bigger and older. They were the ones we copied from. Yet still, we have the Biggest Classical Dome in the New World, so we have that going for us… 

Eilifint Bhan: Famous HIBERNIA BANK White Elephant Still Milky, Elephantine – “ENTIRE BUILDING FOR LEASE”

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

IDK, man. I’m not the designated cheerleader for the Twitterloin, so I’ll not be waving my pom-poms yet for this latest sign of the long-promised “rebirth” of the Tenderloin.

Anyway, it sat empty before and it’s sitting empty now. See?

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It would have been a lot better to have had this beast ready to rent back in 2013, you know, due to the hubris. But who will rent this place in 2016?

We’ll see…

Irish Flags Fail to Drum Up Interest in the Twitterloin’s Hibernia Bank: “Entire Building For Lease, Entire Building For Lease”

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

All the deets from Peter Lawrence Kane

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But at least this building isn’t falling apart on the sidewalk anymore. Leave us travel all the way back to aught-nine:

 

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See where some bricks used to be, way up high?

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Here’s where some of them landed on the sidewalk of the west side of Jones Street:

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Do you ever want worried-looking police captains and firefighting battalion chiefs hanging out in front of your building in front of yellow tape? No, you do not:

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It was bird poo what hurt drainage what then caused damage to the building causing pieces to fall – that was the “pigeon theory” back in 2009.

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Ah, memories:

“…Hibernia Bank at 1 Jones Street, completed in 1892, was exceptionally advanced, not only for San Francisco but for the country at large. It appeared a year before the Chicago Columbian Exposition swept the nation with renewed appreciation for classical grandeur and order. With its crisp and dignified detailing, its scholarly composition and white Sierra granite walls, capped with a then-gilded dome, the bank appeared like a manifesto near the incoherent City Hall and the adjacent jumble of brick and wood commercial structures. Architect and Engineer reflected in 1909 that “the (Hibernia Bank) became famous at once and marked an epoch in San Francisco architecture and placed its designer in the forefront of his profession, where he has remained ever since. The building from the first to last shows no sign whatever of immaturity.”

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Ex-Lucky Penny Diner Now an Idled Graffiti Magnet – See What’s Become of It

Friday, March 4th, 2016

You’ve seen how it looks post-clean up. Now here’s how it looks on any given day, pre-clean up.

Take a close look – perhaps your crew is represented here:

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(Note that nobody tried to save this greasy spoon…)

Oh look, those four-bedroom apartments are coming, sooner or later.

IF YOU CAN READ THIS, YOU’RE TOO CLOSE: An Interesting Rooftop Installation in NoPA, as Seen from Fell and Divisadero

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

What’s going on up here?

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Also, could this room fit a full-sized mattress? What’s the rent?

PK VU, PNTHS, PULMN KI? PERFCT!

Suffer Our Local Porn Industry, Under the Constant Threat of California Condom Requirements

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

What’s next for this rather large building?

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