Posts Tagged ‘empty’

Turn Off the Dark: Our 88-Year-Old Pacific Telephone Building is Back in Business, Baby! 140 New Montgomery is All Lit Up

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thusly:

You see, first it was all like this, abandoned, empty:

Then it was all like this, as seen from 225 Bush, a slightly older and slightly shorter building:

And then you could see through the thing, as seen earlier this year:

And now it’s a beacon at night.

I guess it’s called 140NM now? Ok fine.

So, first this building was commercial office space, then they wanted to change it to condos, and then they changed it back to office space, and now I’ll bet they wished they had stuck with the condo idea. Oh well.

Anyway, get all the deets on the Pacific Bell Building right here.

 

The SFMTA Has an N Judah Express, So Where’s the T Third Express? – “MUNI’s Shameful Racism”

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

CCSF student Gloria Dean has a question for the SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBC:

“I would like to know the reasons why the Muni constantly stops trains on the T-Line at 23rd Street as if the rest of Third Street doesn’t exist. 

“To see elderly women, men and children waiting over an hour for a train to get home is some of the worse treatment of citizens I’ve ever seen from a transportation system. I’ve traveled extensively all over the country as well as the world and I’ve only lived in this area for one year. However, this is obviously a classic combination of classism and racism being displayed, and it is truly a SHAME!

“I’ve decided to take my car out of the parking garage and drive. I refuse to be treated as a second class citizen. I deserve more and so do all the residents of Bayview. Last check, San Francisco doesn’t end at 23rd Street.”

Well I know the answer – it has to do with the district election system for the Board of Supervisors, and also the SFMTA’s general incompetence.

Now the Supervisor for our Bayview Hunters Point area asked about this sitch and the answer was that the T-Third zipped along at a speedy 9 MPH or something, so a T-Third Express wasn’t really needed.

Hey, here’s a jobs program. Why not tear out the T-Third and bring back the buses? Just asking. I mean the T-Third takes up a lot of space, right? Why doesn’t MUNI use it more?

Now speaking of the N Judah Express, here it is, in action, or lack thereof:

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Is that four buses sitting around on Sansome Street during rush hour? The drivers are just starting work and it’s time for a 40 minute lunch break? All right.

And here’s another on Bush, just idling away.

Actually, even when the N Judah Express band-aid operation is operational during our rush hours, the buses are totally empty, no passengers, most of the time.

Oh well.

The See-Through Skyscrapers of South of Market – Now Our PacBell Building Looks EVEN MORE Like It Belongs in Detroit

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

First, our PacBell Building in SoMA was all like this.

Then is was all like this.

Now it’s all like this, so you can see through entire floors.

Say hello to the higher floors of a totally gutted building:

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If only San Francisco were the Innovation Capital of the World or something, then we wouldn’t have a bunch of empty buildings sitting around for years and decades.

On It Goes…

The Smallest Bottle of Maker’s Mark You Could Possibly Imagine – From the Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I says to myself, I says, “Is that a tiny bottle of Maker’s Mark?”

Then after kicking it over, I see that it is, red wax on top and everything

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Fin.

The Day Nobody Showed Up at Twin Peaks

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

This is a regular Sunday morning, but it was quite rainy.

Go up there as the weather’s clearing and you’ll have the place to yourself.

See?

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Usually things are busier, you know, when skies are blue…

Dirty Harry at 40, San Francisco Time Capsule from 1971: Who Emptied the Hilton’s Swimming Pool Atop 750 Kearny?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Dirty Harry at 40 continues with the case of the pool atop our Financial District / Chinatown Hilton.

Now check it – everybody’s favorite psycho killer hippie Scorpio somehow got on the roof of famously-sawtoothed* 555 California, you know, in order to start the carnage. See?

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Now wouldn’t it be cool to go swimming up there on a dreaded sunny day?

Well, we’ll never know – here’s how it looks these days:

Empty empty empty.

Oh well…

I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

*So every shark laboring at triple-five Cal can have his/her own “corner office,” of sorts, that’s why the BofA Building has that distinctive shape.

This Abandoned Skyscraper Would Fit Right In in Detroit – Say Hello to SoMA’s Totally Empty PacBell Building

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Hello PacBell Building.

You used to be the tallest building in San Francisco but you’ve been empty for a while now, huh?

You have a great location at New Monty and Mission, but nobody loves you, huh?

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Hey, I know – let’s have the Twitter move in!

With enough corporate welfare, there’s no limit to what we can do…

“The building was the tallest in San Francisco until the Russ Building matched its height two years later in 1927.

The building was originally called the “Pacific Telephone Building”. At the time of its construction, the operating telephone company it housed was Pacific Telephone & Telegraph, a member of the Bell System. The building had a bell motif in many places on its façade, most notably surrounding the arch over the main entrance doors on New Montgomery Street. After the breakup of the Bell System (AT&T) and the formation the regional so-called Baby Bell companies, Pacific Telephone changed its name to “Pacific Bell”. The tower has an “L” shaped floor plan and the architecture decoratively incorporates spotlights to light the outside of the building.

In 2007, the PacBell Building was purchased by investor Wilson Meany Sullivan and Stockbridge Capital Partners for US$118 million.[5] Since then, the building has remained vacant, and photographs taken inside have shown water damage to the terracotta work of the 26th story auditorium, though much of the interior appears to be structurally intact. Developers submitted a request for a building permit and public comment in December 2008.

Ashbury Street Billboard Removal Reveals Long-Forgotten Window

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

CBS or ClearChannel or somebody has had a billboard here on Ashbury for the longest time, but now the whole thing is gone tout de suite.

That could be due to regulations, a permit hassle, our Great Recession or whatnot, but the fact that it was a prime target for taggers probably played the biggest role.

Oh well. Maybe this window will be back in operation with a quickness.

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Maybe.

Desperate Union Street Landlords Open to Any Offers – Rise of the “Pop Up Stores”

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Oh, Union Street, will you ever win? You’re chock-a-block full of meddlesome NIMBYs, hard-partying post-collegiates and empty storefronts. Oh well.

But there’s hope for the commercial landlords - it’s called the pop up shop. Why not allow a tenant to open up for a month or two for a few bucks? That’s better than the no bucks you’ve been making recently during the Great Recession. It’s POP UP RETAIL, BABY!

So, from this, right next to the Crepes a Go Go

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to this:

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OMG, it’s the Sikara & Co. Jewelry Pop-Up Store! It just opened, but don’t fall in love with it – it’s closing next month.

(And for you non pop-up retailers, it’s super easy to renegotiate your rent these days. Those landlords are taking any offer, any offer at all.)

Anyway, here are the deets:

Sikara & Co. Jewelry Pop-Up Store Opens on Union Street

Sikara & Co., an internationally inspired modern fusion jewelry company makes Union Street in San Francisco its new home as a “pop-up” shop.

The pop-up style store front is one of the newest trends to emerge in retail.  “This style of store front allows us to open a temporary store in San Francisco and market test our collections as we roll them out nationally; we are very excited to be one of the first pop-up stores in the city,” said Mousumi Shaw, Founder and Creative Director.

They go on and on - see you after the jump!

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Local Real Estate Concern Uses Graffiti to Help Rent Out Old BlockBuster Store

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

This former Blockbuster Video store (remember those, kids?) at 2400 Irving near 25th in the Middle Sunset District has been sitting empty for a while. All the more reason to use graffiti to help get the place re-rented.

The rent is only $3 per square foot*, but remember, it’s ON IRVING DURING A RECESSION!

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If Video Killed the Radio Star, then NetFlix Killed the Video Store.

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But oh noes! La Ciudad no tiene gusto de la pintada:

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Or maybe especially erudite taggers who know all about commercial real estate are out there in the Middle Fog Belt and they aren’t afraid to show it?

You’re going to love, love, love this place!

*$300? $3.00? Per Month? Per Year? Purchase? Lease? They never make it explicit. Oh well.