Tuesday, April 30, 2013


San Francisco's economy has been booming for a couple of years and this has caused a scarcity of housing, but now a number of new projects that were delayed by the endless permit process or stalled by the recession are being built. Almost all of the 4000 units of housing under construction are on the east side of the city. Many are being built on industrial properties that have lain fallow since the 60s or 70s. Thirty years ago the bureau chief worked on "The Right Stuff" in makeshift cutting rooms in recently abandoned industrial space along Third St. Now that street has very stylish looking light rail running down the center of it. (Please click.)

The city commissioned some rather Jetsons-esque public art to adorn the platforms.

When I worked on the "The Right Stuff", I was not aware that the neighborhood adjoining that part of Third St. was called Dogpatch.

It has now become one of the new hip neighborhoods. One way to tell that is the appearance of cultural institutions and large type.

Some of the institutions stand next to the older housing in the neighborhood.

Actually the old and the new seem to get along together.

Don't tell the Republicans but there are French signs in the neighborhood.

Some of the old gems have been preserved. I love the juxtaposition of the fire hydrant and the happy doggie.

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