Archive for the ‘buildings’ Category

Salesforce Tower is Coming Along Nicely in SoMA – Giant “Eye of Sauron the Great” to be Installed Next Week

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

As it looks from my ‘hood at Zero Dark Thirty:


Artist’s conception of finished tower after installation:


The Terrible Zigûr will keep an “eye” on Mount Sutro, depicted at right, and maybe buy Twitter, who knows.

When asked for comment, Gorthaur the Cruel cryptically bellowed, “Bedrock, baby!”

That’s a good one, Sauron. Keep ’em coming.

Welcome to town, Dark Lord.

Frisco’s Skyline is Filling in Nicely, I Suppose – V for Victory

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016


The Onions are Done – Giant Golden Domes of Geary are Fortified to Face the Rigors of the Great Geary Fog Belt

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Holy Virgin Cathedral, 6210 Geary, Before:




And After, same as it ever was:


Same as it ever was…

Oh, Hello SalesForce Tower – Gee, You’re Kind of Blue

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Temporarily, I s’pose.

Still, it’s quite striking if you’re not yet used to seeing this building.

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Hey, Salesforce Tower – do you, you know, considering the landfill issue, go all the way down to bedrock? Oh you do? Awesome.

Living on the Precipice in Frisco High Atop Telegraph Hill – Life on Green Street, Sort Of

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

As seen from Sansome:

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Looks scary

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Pumpkin House, Western Addition, Where Halloween is Every Day

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Boy, we sure were fancy a century ago, back when labor was cheap and “prevailing wages” didn’t exist:

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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!


“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…