Archive for the ‘housing’ Category

From This Angle, the Church Street Safeway Looks Kind of Stubby – Why Don’t They Build a Massive Apartment Building Above It?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Just asking.

Of course, the whole place would be a tear-down. Then you rebuild with a brand-new Safeway gro sto below and then a bunch of housing units above. It’d be like a Hayward-style transit village. See?

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Just asking.

With Love from Japan: Earthquake-Proof and Tsunami-Proof Soccer Ball Houses – As Seen at the Randall Museum

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Oh c’mon!

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Head on up to our Randall Museum to see other outside of the box / 20-sided truncated icosahedron ideas on earthquake safety.

From the source, the “Barier” people:

“Is your present house OK? Is it strong enough to endure a great earthquake or flood to be caused by global warming? Barier offers a safe, living space, a multi-functional, elegant and playful space, emphasizing each individual personality.

Barier is a soccer ball-shaped house developed by us (international patent pending). A soccer ball with which you played in your childhood gets bigger like a dream ball and appears as a place to live in. It floats on the sea and can be a rescue ship. We believe it will be a gift to those who never give up a dream.”

1906 Earthquake Shack: Reclaimed Wood From Before It Was Reclaimed

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

This is what they looked like back in the day, before getting gussied up:

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The Next Big One, she is coming. Sooner or later. In the meantime, be sure to check out Earthquake: Life on a Dynamic Planet, a major exhibit at our California Academy of Sciences

Argenta Inquest: How Can a One-Bedroom Apartment in the Twitterloin Qualify as a “Luxury Home”

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

That’s the Question of the Day.

Here it is, the Argenta, at 10th and Market on 1 Polk Street:

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$107K* per year(!) for a one-bedroom – am I reading that right?

I mean, wouldn’t have a second bedroom be a kind of luxury in itself?

*”From $8920” a month times 12 months in a year…

Is It Really a “Stereotype” That Homeless People in San Francisco “Come Here From Somewhere Else?”

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Here you go:

Ad blitz in transit hubs designed to break homeless stereotypes by Heather Knight

Starting Monday, there will be even more. A new ad campaign produced by the Coalition on Homelessness will go up in public transportation hubs and on Muni buses with the intention of breaking stereotypes about homeless people. You know, that they’re freeloaders who come here from somewhere else…

So, aren’t most homeless people in San Francisco (and, of course, most non-homeless people as well) “from somewhere else?”

The answer to that question is yes, yes they are.

So, does lying about facts help to “break” “stereotypes,” Coalition on Homelessness?

I think not.

And that means that asking convoluted poll questions designed to get a desired  answer, well I don’t see how that helps.

Sorry.

But what this kind of thing does do is reinforce stereotypes about certain non-profits in San Francisco…

What It’s Like to Stay at a Mid-Market Hotel for $60-Something per Night: “Budget Inn,” 1139 Market Street

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Well, here’s an upbeat take:

Hotel Tour : Budget Inn San Francisco CA by DieselDucy:

Compare that with Yelp – a very low one-star rating:

“I want to leave, but it’s already 1am and we are both too afraid to leave our locked room. We get 4 hrs or interrupted sleep (the walls are paper thin and the doors have cracks in them), pray that we didn’t get exposed to tuberculosis, hepatitis and/or herpes and book it out of there. Trust me folks, this place isn’t worth the $60. I’ve stayed in $15 hostels while traveling though Europe that were both cleaner and safer than this place.”

And there’s this:

” If you have less than $150 night for a decent place to stay, youre actually safer just camping at golden gate park than any of these SROs…”

And there’s the bedbug allegations, natch.

Choose wisely…

Marin County Housing Projects: Fireplace or Giant Bar-B-Que? You Make The Call

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

I could go either way.

Boy, that’s a lot of smoke.

Burning trees amongst the trees:

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Back in the day, people living in Marin City would tell me that they lived in:

1. Marin County; or

2. Sausalito

T’was ever thus.

The Shame and Embarrassment of Your Building Having a “Soft Story” – This is What It Looks Like

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

If you’d look inside of this crib in the Marina Landfill, you’d see a whole lot of nothing, just parking space for cars mostly.

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Prolly wasn’t a good idea to put up these kinds of buildings in the Marina, but oh well…

ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF THE NEW “NEMA” BUILDING: A Massive Rent Increase is Coming Your Way – ‘Cause No Rent Control

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

But don’t take my word for it, listen to one of your neighbors at 8 Tenth Street, 94103, via the Yelp:

“Please read this if you are considering any non-rent control building in San Francisco. I wish someone had told me this when I moved to the city and chose Nema. Please consider this advice.

If you have visited Nema, you probably can tell that the management, amenities and staff are outstanding. You may also notice that everyone living in the building has just moved from another city or state. Here’s why:

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you rent in a non-rent control building, unless you can sign a multi-year lease. Could you afford a double digit rent increase? 50% rent increase? Is your income doubling next year? It seems far away now, but you will probably want to renew your lease. Now is the time to make a good decision about housing, not next year because you will be paying much more then.”

So basically, buildings built AFTER rent control came to San Francisco in 1979 don’t have no rent control. (The relevant date is printed on your landlord’s Occupancy Permit, but if your crib went up in 1980 or later, don’t even bother checking.)

That means that your friends renting units in older buildings will face a maximum annual rent increase limited to 60% of a certain Cost of Living Index dealing with the Bay Area. That means one-something percent per year.

OTOH, if you moved into the NeMA at $1950 per month last year (as some did, 2nd or 3rd floor, lousy view* – Unit 324, for example**) and your lease is coming up, consider that there are no units available now for less than $2800 (I’m srsly – some studios go for $4000+)

Are you, the NeMA renter, looking at a 40% rent increase soon? 

If not this year, what about the next year too? How long will it take to have a 40% increase for your unit, you know, cumulatively?

Sooner than you think Auslander.

Sooner than you think, Outlander.

Why don’t websites aimed at tourists and newcomers tell you this? Well, because they’re on the take from … The NEMA!

I assign this story to the San Francisco Chronicle – this one writes itself. (This would be a good CW Nevius, I’m seriously.)

*Compared with the rest of the units in the Nema.

**This was not a BMR (Below Market Rate) unit reserved for those people making less than $38,000 per year, no no. Those places went for around $950 per month. I’m talking about market rate units back when market rate was $1950 per month for the least desirable apartments at NeMA – that was all the way back in 2013. 

“Quake Shaming,” Frisco-Style: Millionaire Property Owners Won’t Like Seeing These Large EARTHQUAKE WARNING Postings

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

I’d heard of these newish warnings, but hadn’t actually seen them.

Les mise-en-scene

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Complete with exclamation points:

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Is this what they call an “unfunded mandate?”

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Ah tink so!