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1637 Oak Street Now Looks Like Carl Fredricksen’s House from Pixar’s Up Movie – The Urban School’s “Oak Street Project”

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Here’s real estate holdout Edith Macefield’s house from up north.

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And here’s Carl Fredricksen’s house in the east bay as seen from a scene in Up

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And this is 1637 Oak as it looks right now – The Urban School’s Oak Street Project worksite complete surrounds the place now:

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It was built in 1904 – this is no way to celebrate your eleventy-first birthday, I’ll tell you. All the deets:

1637 Oak St has 1 bath and approximately 2,850 square feet.

(Well, that’s what they call obsolete in the real estate biz.)

Anyway, this house is empty now, and they’re fixing to move it someplace, I don’t know where, this summer.

Then this parcel will look like this, sort of:

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(I’d add about ten times as many cars to this depiction, but that’s just me.)

IDK how they’ll move it – I suggest balloons:

Get all the deets about all the hullabaloo from the Urbanists themselves right here:

“Over the past two years, Urban and St. Agnes have shared our plans with local community groups and our neighbors. We are committed to keeping our community informed throughout the approval process and are available to answer your questions. We invite you to contact us at any time via phone (415 626 2919) or email oakstreetproject@urbanschool.org.

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Aspirational – Marketing a New Apartment Building to Newcomers in Hayes Valley

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

[Camera Left] That’s who I am, I’m a god-damned troubadour! (Well, maybe not yet, but that’s who I am inside – that’s the kind of person I am. Man, I gots to get me an axe as soon as I move to Frisco…)

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[Camera Right] I’m a City Girl, here’s my Vespa – BEEP BEEP! I’m going to use it to buy a baguette every day, soon as I move to the 415.*

As seen at the horrible, man-made** disaster known as Octavia “Boulevard.”

*NO NO NO NO, I want 415! Area code 628?! WTF. 

**Person-made? Is that a phrase? Octavia was supposed to spawn a “boulevard movement” across the country. It didn’t. 

Blaming the Suburbs: A CityLab Urbanist Parachutes into Frisco to Diagnose Our High Rents – Oh the Urbanity!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Here it is:

The Biggest Problem With San Francisco’s Rent Crisis – The Suburbs, by Henry Grabar

This is in Slate, so it can’t be ignored, right? Read along with me, by the numbers.

1. “Crisis.” Well, our current sitch of high inflation of rents and property values is a crisis for some, but not for all. What if certain people, certain industries actually approve of this “crisis,” what then? Of course most renters in town pay slightly to substantially less than a market rate rent because most have the benefits of rent control. Is the author aware of this? We’ll see.

2. Photo. This one – I’ve seen it before. Since we’re toning down the words in Slate, let’s take the time to do the same to Slate’s illustrative photo illustrations. Here’s my stab at how things really looked in this part of Frisco, the ‘burbs of Frisco, if you will. Note the lack of nuclear yellow trees:

3. San Francisco “doesn’t deserve to be the poster child for inaction in the face of inequality?” Uh, why not? (One suspects author Hank has been talking with too many local urbanists.) Why doesn’t SF build more housing if it wants more housing? That’s what I’d ask myself before demanding other towns and counties to “do more.”

4. “The biggest problem with housing in San Francisco isn’t actually in San Francisco.” There’s your SlatePitch, there’s your everything-you-know-is-wrong. I’m not seeing any possibility of this article being useful at all. But let’s continue.

5. “‘The smaller communities, in my opinion, need to step up, and I don’t see that happening,’ San Francisco planning director John Rahaim says.” This sounds like a another pitch for regional government. I’ll agree – I too don’t see that happening. This is a big non-starter.

6. Prop 13. Yep. But are you going to get rid of Prop 13? IDTS. Hey, we’re halfway through.

7.  The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). Yep, there’s your regional government, your corrupt regional government what can’t understand how unpopular it is.

8. “For municipalities, Rentschler said, the offer is simple: Build more housing, get more money.” So this is the point – a promised $1.5 billion per year for transit from the MTC? I’m not seeing this as a game-changer.

9. “Naturally, some conservatives see Plan Bay Area as part of the broader, Soviet-style plot to urbanize America.” Whoah! Uh, the people who are against all that this Slate bit endorses mostly voted for Obama – they’re mostly big “D” Democrats, right? (This could be confusing to Slate’s readers, non?)

10. “Agenda 21?” Man, poll Bay Areans about “Agenda 21″ and less than 5% would have any idea what it means, just saying.

11. “Writing in National Review, Kurtz warned AFFH would ‘urbanize suburbs and Manhattanize cities.’” Uh, Dude, didn’t you have the same person making the very same point two just grafs above? Get me Rewrite!

12. “But a modern-day building boom in the inner suburbs wouldn’t repeat those mistakes—it would correct them. This time, it would do a city like San Francisco good.” Huh, so that’s it, huh?

Well, I don’t see a modern-day  building boom happening anytime soon in Frisco’s “inner suburbs,” so I guess that’s that. We’re talking Pie In The Sky here. JMO

And sorry, Newcomers. Everything’s stacked against you here in the 415.

Sorry.

Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say
Look who’s in the big town
But my bed is in a small town
Oh, and that’s good enough for me

How to Live Rent-Free in San Francisco: Get an RV and Then Park It In Front of a Church (and Not a House)

Friday, June 19th, 2015

‘Cause if you sleep in your RV in front of a house, its millionaire homeowners will, hackles raised, not rest until you are gone gone gone.

But churches are a different story – you’re less likely to have to deal with complaints to the SFPD / SFMTA. (You might trigger an internal debate about why-do-we-even-have-this-congregation-in-the-first-place, you very well might do that.)

Simply, church-goers are much, much less likely to call out the popo on you.

As here:

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I’ll tell you, the same RVs I saw ten years ago parked on Post and Geary and Fell and Oak at night are now, after recently being chased away by new legislation, parked on Masonic and Presidio and Hayes, as here.

On It Goes…

The Doomed Houses of Westlake, Daly City, USA – A Legacy of Hank Doelger

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Down to the Sea Again – A Real Cliff-Hanger in Daly City

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“In the 1950s, however, when Henry Doelger was building Westlake Palisades, we knew little about coastal erosion, the ongoing Mussel Rock landslide, or the San Andreas Fault. Despite the futile efforts of the Ocean Shore Railroad to maintain a roadbed across the flowing cliffs and the repeated failure of Highway 1, the coastal view remained irresistible. Doelger learned a quick lesson about geologic processes when 11 of the homes he was building on the north side of Westline Drive, along the upper edges of the landslide, began to move downhill soon after construction. Doelger bought them back and moved them to inland lots.”

Twitterloin Update: At the NeMA “New Market” Building Across the Street from Twitter HQ – A Dream Realized

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

What have we here, in the historically troubled Mid Market Twitterloin area?

We have luxury cars (Mercedes Benz, BMW, BMW), inane slogans, and $4000 a month studio apartments, not that I care.

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Mission Accomplished, I suppose. Somebody’s mission, anyway.

Enjoy your New Market Street, everybody.

This is How We Live Now, 2015.

Drought, What Drought? – Front Yard Waterfall, Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights 94115 – Glug Glug Glug

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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Disturbia: Trail of “Bloody” Footprints on Hayes Leads to $5 Million House That Used to be a Baptist Church – Good Friday?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Nuala Sawyer of Hoodline just snapped this photo in the Western Addition – all the deets here:

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Via Nuala Sawyer:

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(Now I’ll tell you, whenever I leave bloody footprints, the trail generally, how do you say, attenuates as I move on. Moving on…)

Sure seems curious that this trail starts at the more-trafficked part of the NoPA / Western Addition and leads to 601 Broderick, the THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOODhouse, which, of course, used to be Gethsemane Baptist Church.

And then this building got sold for $5 million(!) as a Single Family Home.

And now it stands out, IMO, in an area of expensive houses.

Oh, here you go, CurbedSF’s Tracy Elsen called these transactions “our absolute favorite flip of the year.”

And here’s some assigned reading from Building Talker James Hill

601 BRODERICK: NOSTALGIA AND AMNESIA

But of course, I don’t know who did what to create those imprints…

SPUR = WASP? Here’s Your Racist Recent History of “SF Planning & Urban Research”

Friday, March 27th, 2015

This one from SPUR – San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association is hard to believe:

The San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association (SPUR) produced a report entitled “Prologue to Action” arguing that, to enable the city to compete effectively, city government should influence growth so that San Francisco’s population “will move closer to ‘standard white Anglo-Saxon Protestant’ characteristics.” (Hirten, Farrell, and Weese 1966)

Here you go.

And here’s the actual document itself, from our California Historical Society at 678 Mission Street:

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Here you go, under “Issue B”

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It’s, as always, the prospect of a “provincial” SF versus a world-class SF. What SPUR wants is to take tax and fee payer money and give it to … SPUR, so it then can advocate spending more tax and fee payer money on whatever flavor of the month development program its members stand to make money from. Why does SFGov give any money at all to SPUR?

What’s actually changed at SPUR the past four decades, aside from them saying that the UR in SPUR no longer stands for “Urban Renewal?”

What a horrible organization.

Sign of the Times: “STOP EVICTIONS,” Western Addition

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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