Rent-free living under the I-80:
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On It Goes…
(Well, here’s the latest on the situation over in Florida that the MusclePharm people were so worried about.)
Now it’s on with the show, the road show, see?
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“I love Costco! Here’s why..
1.) Best return policy- no questions asked!
2.) Lowest price without compromising the quality.
3.) Health score of 100/100! Beat that!
4.) Best hotdog you can get for only $1.50! That’s including soda.
5.) Costco’s travel deals are the best! Nobody can beat it.
6.) Caucasian guy at the cashier who always wears Hawaiian shirt and speaks like 10 different languages.
7.) Convenient – location, parking etc”
And oh, if I can read the fine print, you can too, but anyway, just saying this whole deal is members only. So if you’re not among the first 300 Costco members in line, you won’t be getting anywhere near CK. (One assumes the MP people* want you to queue up for hours and hours, you know, to create a frisson non?) Fair warning.
*6’1″ and 230 pounds – why do those stats seem familiar? Put me in, coach!
[UPDATE: At least one person has moved back in, as of May Day 2014.]
Here’s your before, at the corner of Market Street and the man-made disaster of Octavia “Boulevard,” from just last month, April 2014, IDK, 10 days ago?
See down below, those cardboard boxes were the start of a homeless encampment that stretched north up the Boulevard:
How many people slept there each night? IDK, but there were spaces for like a dozen people.
Anyway, that was then and this is now – this is how things look today, May 1st, after the recent clean up:
See that? Homeless people be gone, replaced by “ol ol g” (DDG, for those of you who don’t read Starchitect or whatever the hell that font is called) and DM DEVELOPMENT, ’cause, you know, it just wouldn’t do to have those glorious names residing over where people reside.
Oh, and here’s the pitch:
DM Development collaborates with visionary architects and interior designers to create remarkable living spaces that push the boundaries of design.
That’s your 8 Octavia condo update. Look for the banner ads soon – it won’t be long now…
Well that’s how I read it anyway, but really it’s “AMUSEMENT TIMES,” and it’s a piece designed to get you to like / tolerate the new 8 Octavia Building.
Here are the deets from our local Curbed outfit
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Simply, this isn’t art worth paying for. Why not instead just use the same amount of money to hand out $5 bills to passers by? That would make you much more popular, 8 Octavia.
(Oh, the on-site homeless encampment at 8 Octavia got cleaned out the past 12 hours? News to me – Ill check it out.)
I’ll just say that “Mission Bay” doesn’t really sound like an “inland site” to me, but whatever.
Here are your key quotes from this morning’s press release:
private, inland property,
no public property”
Oh, and what does “digitally fit” mean? IDK.
Here it is:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2014
WARRIORS MAKE A PLAY FOR MISSION BAY - Team Reaches Deal with Salesforce.com for Arena on Private Property in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors announced today terms have been reached with salesforce.com to purchase land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where the team intends to build a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center.
Terms of the deal were not announced.
“We believe Mission Bay is a perfect fit,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “It is a wonderful inland site in a dynamic part of the City that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area. We are buying private property, but the city will also get a new 5 ½ – acre waterfront park. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
“We’ve said all along we wanted to create a spectacular cultural destination for the City and the entire region,” said Co-Executive Chairman Peter Guber “This is about a shared cultural experience: going to a beautiful and inviting place to see a game, see a show, attend a convention. It will be easily accessible, state of the art, digitally fit, and second to none.”
Although specific details of the plan remain to be announced, the Warriors said previously discussed basic elements of the event center remain in effect: the arena will hold about 18,000 seats; it will showcase NBA basketball games as well as concerts, cultural events, family shows and convention activities; and it will be privately financed on private land, virtually unprecedented among major league sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S.
The new Warriors event center will be built on 12 acres of private, inland property, bounded by 3rd, 16th and South Streets, and Terry Francois Blvd.
The transaction with salesforce.com involves no public property and no public subsidy. There are no naming rights or sponsorship rights associated with the transaction.
The Mission Bay site is well served by public transportation, and borders Muni’s 3rd Street Light Rail. The location is also within a few blocks of Caltrain, and BART connects via an easy underground connection to Muni, both at Embarcadero and at Powell Station once the Central Subway opens in 2018. The Mission Bay neighborhood already has ample parking. And a new I-280 freeway connection at Mariposa Street will land less than a block away.
Mission Bay, a former redevelopment area that became the home of UCSF’s second campus, has been emerging as a modern urban center for the past 15 years. The Warriors new home will be within walking distance of several public plazas, parks, restaurants and retail corridors. AT&T Park is only a few blocks to the north; the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhoods are just to the south.
A key piece of the long-planned Mission Bay redevelopment puzzle, the build-out of this site, will also trigger the construction of a new five-and-a-half-acre waterfront park. Across Terry Francois Blvd. from the arena, the park will feature water-oriented activities and large lawn areas, which can accommodate a variety of recreational uses, similar to Marina Green.
“We’ve spent the past two years listening. We’ve learned a lot. We’re proud of the plans we’ve put forward to date, and we’re thrilled to announce this great leap forward,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “We are looking forward to engaging with the neighborhood and, ultimately, making this site ‘Warriors Ground.’ This is our path to San Francisco.”
The Warriors first arrived in San Francisco in 1960 and played their first 11 seasons in the City by the Bay. The Warriors new ownership, led by Lacob and Guber, purchased the team in 2010. In 2012, the team announced plans to build a new sports and entertainment facility in San Francisco. The team has targeted the 2018-19 NBA season to debut its new arena.
Mission Bay by the Numbers
size of parcel (in acres)
Approx. # of seats in arena
Approx. height of arena (in feet)
Blocks to Caltrain
Blocks to Muni
Blocks to BART (via underground Muni connection)
Block to freeway
Existing parking spaces in Mission Bay
Current building height limit in Mission Bay (in feet)
Number of Top 25 U.S. cities (by population) without a large indoor arena (San Francisco)
Here’s a view of Market Street outbound at the Octavia intersection. All these people heading west to go home have to wait an extra ten seconds for the richers of Hayes Valley to drive their Audis, BMWs and Mercedes Benzeses onto northbound Octavia from inbound Market Street owing to a dedicated left turn lane with a left turn arrow. Why?
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Octavia Boulevard has been a disaster. The reason why is due to rich, land-owning “activists” of Hayes Valley having too much control over the process. Why on Earth should we shut down the intersection for 10 seconds each traffic light cycle just so that four, three, two, one, or sometimes zero luxury cars can turn onto Octavia?
Hey SFMTA! Don’t you want to speed things up for MUNI? So let’s just alter the light timing here and make any and all left turns illegal? If these people want to turn left to get north of Market, why don’t they make the turn legally at the intersection before and the intersection after, you know, where turning is less disruptive to everyone else?