November 2008. Seems like a lifetime ago.
Yesterday we published a post about developers’ plans to raze a whole city block at 19th and Bryant in order to build a giant condo complex. In the comments section, neighbor TBone hipped us to this vintage article from the year 2000, which laments an eerily similar condo complex plan — one you just may recognize:
The project is being proposed by Stein Kingsley Stein Investments (SKS) (partly financed by the late William Simon, Treasury secretary under Reagan). SKS is also rehabbing a nearby warehouse into an office building at 19th and Harrison Streets. SKS’s headquarters are in the former Green Glen laundry building at 18th and Folsom — another SKS office conversion project.
SKS is notorious for having been the biggest contributor to Mayor Willie Brown’s re-election campaign (plopping down $100,000 in political juice).
The Bryant Square site also includes the former Pacific Felt Co. brick factory building, which was rehabbed into 35 live/work lofts (at prices up to $610,000), called “The Mill.” In the photo below The Mill is the brick building at left, the three-story curtain wall building at right formerly housed a sweater factory (now evicted).
Read on for lots more info and criticism, and more photos. Or jump straight to any of the following topics:
New Edge Downtown without Transit Support
Displacing Artists and Blue-Collar Industry
A Daily Tsunami of Muscle Cars
Open Space: Gated Fortress or Public Plaza?
Approval Sparks Uproar
(I actually have some friends who live in this place now. One is an elementary school P.E. teacher, one is a lawyer, and they’re very nice people.)
Only from Anthony Enterprises, Market Street, San Francisco.
[via Emily Nathon]
I saw at least one of those guys at Pop’s last night, and you can definitely still buy those Muni shirts by Sexpigeon (in a variety of color combinations) in the Sexpigeon shirt store, so, the more things change…
(Except: photos don’t look like those old Motorola RAZR photos anymore, too bad.)
(Technically it’s still there, but it won’t be after next week.)
Project leader Rana Freedman wrote in to tell us about it:
When the Lexington announced it was closing, a few of us in the community who “grew up” at The Lex got together to figure out how to do this. We contacted Campos’ office, which was excited by the idea, and a plan was put into motion.
A couple of weeks ago the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution recognizing the bar’s cultural significance which gave us permission to install the plaque in the city sidewalk. So us community volunteers put the plaque into production and we’re now busy pulling permits, scheduling contractors, working with various city boards, etc. hoping to get this all done by the time the bar closes next week.
But this isn’t paid for by the city– it has to be done with private funds.
And thus, please if you’re inclined make a donation here.
Local poet Ticklefight takes us back to, oh, 2005 or so:
We had dinner at Frog’s last night. The burgers are always great. Toasted sesame buns, the way I like it.
Randy was working, so we got the hookup. Zucchini stick appetizers, oh yeah.
A few hottie nurses walked in just as happy hour was ending so we stuck around for a coupla more Miller Lites.
Took the 26 home but don’t remember much.
Burgers were 2-for-1 at happy hour I think. But it wasn’t really called Frog’s. Poetic license I think.
Man the 26 was fun.
The most excellent Outside Lands just published a few hundred very awesome SF Assessors photos from 1951, complete with a handy map. “A local historian… saved them from being discarded in the early 1980s.” (Let’s hear it for local historians.)
Here’s the southwest corner of Mission and 24th, now the BART plaza.
Pat’s is a pretty sweet looking coffee shop.
Hey let’s grab a drink at the Green Lantern on 24th!
Oh wait they tore it down for a hair salon, dammit. New rule: don’t tear down a bar called the Green Lantern.
@kevinmonty posted a Green Lantern matchbook cover over at Uptown:
Many many more photos over at Outside Lands.
Different times. Let’s play a game: everybody close your eyes and spend a few minutes imagining what your life in SF would’ve been like back then. Just zone out and theenk about it……………..
[via Emily Proud]