It’s a 3-day weekend, and it turns out there’s lots going on. There are MLK 2018 events, festivals, and opportunities for every age and walk of life taking place in San Francisco throughout the weekend — for details, click here. Fog Design+Art takes place at Fort Mason through Sunday. Organizers say it’s a curated fair that brings together 45 of the leading visual art and design galleries from around the world to celebrate the spirit of innovation and creativity that defines San Francisco. SFSketchfest, the San Francisco comedy festival now in its 17th year, takes place at a wide range of venues throughout the City now through January 28. For a complete list of performers and venues, click here.
On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 1/7/18 – 1/13/18
A New Neighborhood Emerges West of the Embarcadero
The San Francisco Chronicle published a terrific series of special reports that describes the changes reshaping the blocks west of the Embarcadero. Urban Design critic John King wrote the pieces. Parts one and two look at the Transit Center and the Salesforce Tower, and the last installment discusses the vision that led to much of this development.
Here is an excerpt from the final installment:
“San Francisco, a city that prides itself on its neighborhoods, has never seen anything like the one taking shape south of Market Street right now.”
“Blocks once covered by freeway ramps are sprouting glitzy residential towers…”
“All this is the fulfillment of 15 years of planning based on the premise that a high-rise neighborhood, where people of all incomes live and work near transit of all kinds, can be a good fit for San Francisco. But only in the past five years have the plans begun taking form in real life, with short buildings making way for tall ones and parking lots becoming construction sites.”
It’s a beautiful vision — rooted in a desire to create a diverse and unified neighborhood, where affordable housing can coexist in tandem with luxury housing and office spaces.
We are enduring the construction, and look forward to the fulfillment of this promise. As the writer says, “…This is a rare chance to see a new type of neighborhood emerge for San Francisco, at a scale and in a location impossible to miss.”