No Vacation Necessary: The Best Bay Area Summer…

If you’re skipping a summer vacation to house hunt while the competition is less intense, fear not: There are plenty of events to entertain you all around the Bay Area. Learn more on the Pacific Union blog. (Photo: iStock/Andrew Cribb)

No Vacation Necessary: The Best Bay Area Summer…

If you’re skipping a summer vacation to house hunt while the competition is less intense, fear not: There are plenty of events to entertain you all around the Bay Area. #alamedacountyfair #artsouloakland #atherton


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SF Planners OK Market-Van Ness Condo High-Rise

The San Francisco Planning Commission approved a 40-story, 304-unit tower and public plaza on the northwest corner of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue. With quote from Alan Mark from The Mark Company. (Photo: SF Chronicle)

SF Planners OK Market-Van Ness Condo High-Rise

The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday approved a 40-story, 304-unit tower and public plaza on the northwest corner of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue, a development that will transform one of the city’s busiest intersections. While members of the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association objected to the amount of parking the developer proposed — .45 of a space per unit rather than the .25 per unit the neighborhood plan calls for — commissioners said that the project’s overall benefits far outweighed the negative environmental impacts of having more cars in the tower. The Hayes Valley neighborhood group had pushed the developer, Build Inc., to trim the number of parking spaces by 60 spots, from 136 to 76, in keeping with the…Read More


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Stunning, Simple Maps Show San Francisco vs….

In wonderfully simple map form, see how San Francisco’s odd street pattern compares to other global cities. (Photo: Courtesy Geoff Boeing)

Stunning, Simple Maps Show San Francisco vs….

Geoff Boeing, a PhD student at UC Berkeley, took a slice of the city and mapped it, visually demonstrating the odd convergence of two divergent grids. Geoff Boeing, a PhD student at UC Berkeley, took a slice of the city and mapped it, visually demonstrating the odd convergence of two divergent grids. According to Boeing, the theme of his work is to characterize “urban form through a city street network” by looking at the “shape, texture, and connectedness of cities by their circulation networks.” Like many urban centers in the 19th and 20th centuries, Boeingsays San Francisco was “designed around the prevailing technologies of the time” streetcars, horse-drawn carriages, and pedestrians (certainly, modern traffic-weary drivers would…Read More


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