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Reverse graffitti is starting to be more prevalent in San Francisco in two forms: advertising and art.  It is created by washing away the dirt and grime of city life to leave an image in the negative, or reverse.  I first noticed ads stenciled onto the sidewalks downtown.  Watch this video from Channel 7 to learn more about video ads that are sweeping [sic] San Francisco.  (please click on the link for the Channel 7 video)
I have mixed views about reverse graffiti advertising.  The city...

text-autospace:none">San Francisco is comprised of many eclectic and fascinating neighborhoods, each with their own flair and sense of enjoyment.  As you begin to explore these areas, you get a feeling of what each neighborhood is like -- at least as a visitor.  But what would it be like to actually live there, be a part of one of these San Francisco neighborhoods?

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text-autospace:none">Recently, we listed a property in Nob Hill … well … it’s on the edge of Nob...

San Francisco's Planning Department is working to enact bird-safe standards by encouraging changes to the design of new buildings.  Birds collide with large glass towers at alarming rates because they perceive these structures to be wide open sky.  As we continue to fill out our skyline, enacting these guidelines will help protect the diverse wildlife we have in the city.  Plans are to enact these standards closest to areas with large populations of birds and wildlife--e.g. near the city's...


I recently completed my first open water swim.  That is, the first open water, out of cove swim, meaning my first swim outside of the safety of San Francisco's Aquatic Park.  The swim was about a mile, from Gas House cove, the area right behind Green's restaurant at Fort Mason back to the beach between the Dolphin Club and the South End Club at Aquatic Park.  My swim was evidently much longer than that as I kept wanting to swim towards Alcatraz.  Safely back to the Club in a reasonable...

I was listening to the news last week with half an ear, only to hear about changing census numbers from last year to the previous census in 2000.  The result?  The number of children, defined as kids from 0 to 17 years has declined in the last ten years in San Francisco.  I have been trolling the web and am not finding good clear sources for this information.
An editorial in my San Francisco Business Times from last week's paper discusses all of this, but I am having difficulty finding it...

 
Wow, check out this amazing tour of San Francisco.  It is the brilliant work of Scott Weaver who spent countless hours building this amazing kinetic sculpture.
I love hearing the laughter and delight of the audience. I found this amazing video online.
 

 
Kudos to the artist, Scott Weaver, who has put over 30,000 hours of work into this sculpture over almost 35 years.  It's brilliant and fun!

San Francisco's Planning Commission approved the development plan for Treasure Island.  This plan, expected to cost $1.5 billion will create housing, office space and new jobs on Treasure Island, the man-made Island in the San Francisco bay.  Opponents of this development cite the environmental impacts of creating a new San Francisco neighborhood on the Island in the middle of the bay and are opposed to the 1:1 ratio of housing units to parking spots proposed by this plan.  They also don't...


San Francisco announces a plan to implement variable rate pricing using its new, high tech parking meters.  The idea is to vary the rates of parking meters so that prices are high enough at all times so that a spot or two will always be available on every block.  This will reduce congestion because drivers won't be circling looking for parking spots and this will also reduce pollution.  Drivers who don't want to pay the high prices will take MUNI the next time, so the argument goes.  Read...


 
There has been significant fanfare recently about the opening of the new terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  I was invited to a party thrown by Virgin American who will be located in that terminal.  This amused be because I don't know if I would add getting in the car and heading to the airport for a party as high on my list, although I suspect they will throw a party with some flair. 
The New York Times profiles the art collection at the airport.  Evidently, the...

What’s all the hype about the STAR testing?  Is it in Marin or just San Francisco?  What does it measure?  Should my child prepare for it?  These are a few questions we get asked, especially this time of year with the tests around the corner, and with people exploring whether or not to move.  So, I decided to venture out and do a little research of my own.  Here is what I learned.
As a precursor to my explanation, I will say:  we are not school officials, nor are we associated with the...

 

 I took a break on Tuesday from Brokers' Tour, and found myself on Clement Street.  A quick lunch at Burma Super Star, one of my favorite restaurants in the city (although I don't get there very often any more) and a quick trip through Green Apple Books.  My lunch was terrific, and my visit to Green Apple was restorative.  I felt as if I was transported to another place.  A relaxed one where exploration and inspiration are almost assured.  I wandered through the fiction, non fiction and...

The San Francisco Food Bank's third annual Hunger Challenge kicked off yesterday with several participants who have agreed to spend one week eating on just $4 per day.  The Hunger Challenge allows its participants to eat for one day or a whole week on $4/day to experience what it is like to have very limited means to feed and nourish ourselves.  The first year, several food writers and bloggers, who spend most of their time blogging about fabulous restaurants, gorgeous, fresh, local produce...

Every year, parents of kids entering the San Francisco schools (as new students or transitioning between elementary, middle and high school) anxiously await the results of the school lottery. 

I had coffee a few weeks ago with Mason Kirby, a local architect who does residential and commercial work.  I know that he and his wife were waiting for the results of the lottery to see where their oldest child would be attending school. 

Their news was not terrific: their daughter was being...

When I first started swimming in the SF Bay a few years ago, I thought it was thrilling on those rare occasions when I was joined by a seal or one of San Francisco's famous sea lions.  

Then, along came the rogue seal who bit several people one day.  And then a few days later, it bit several more people. I was still dying to go into the water and even dodged two camera crews (who wanted to interview me as a new member of the Dolphin Club).  I went and got a few of the old timers who...

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted yesterday in favor of legislation designed to protect tenants from being evicted in case a property owner loses the property through foreclosure.  The intent makes sense--why should a tenant face huge disruption to their lives because of the mis-fortune of their landlord?  Unfortunately, the design of this legislation, in effect, creates an extension to the housing units that will be included in San Francisco's stringent rent control ordinance....

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