More Subways in San Francisco? I hope so.

Reading a recent article from Cory Weinberg, reporter at the SF Business Times, I was struck by the importance of a more modernized and updated transportation system in the city of San Francisco, especially pertaining to subways.

Read the Full Article Here

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As a former New Yorker, I couldn’t imagine life without a subway system. Then, I move to San Francisco and quickly found out what life was like without one. It is my opinion, but I feel as though this city could greatly benefit from a fully integrated subway system.

Obviously, there are reasons why it has been difficult to do this in the past, namely, the difficulty in structural integrity that makes digging and creating things underground. I get that. But, the subway that is currently being dug that ends in Chinatown makes no sense to me. In my opinion (I have a few of these), not connecting the new subway to the F line in the Wharf makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. If we connected them we could have one large loop that could potentially bring many more people to the tourist areas as well as reduce traffic congestion. Heck, I’d likely use it too and I usually walk downtown from my home in North Beach.

I have no experience in city planning and do not pretend to. What I do know is that if we don’t take the steps to modernize this city and bring it up to date we run the risk of losing a lot of profit to help its citizens and also stay lagging in making getting around our city that much tougher as population grows. We must resist the urge to stay the “old San Francisco” and do what helps our progress in 2015 and beyond. We aren’t going to lose our “charm” by building a better way of life for our residents and visitors.

Again, this is just my opinion…

I support the efforts of those trying to make this city a better place. Please read the article to hear the full story.

Contact Gabriel to buy or sell your home in San Francisco.

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The “Boom” is coming! Are you ready?

As we reach the final stretch to this event, a quick reminder of who is speaking and why it is so important for anyone involved in the real estate business in or around the Bay Area to be there. We look forward to seeing you on Friday for this incredible panel discussion and a fun and celebratory reception at the SF Jazz Center!

The “Building Boom” series came about 2 years ago when the SFAR’s Member Education committee concluded that it was imperative that the real estate community in San Francisco and the Bay Area stayed current on what was being built, where it was being built, who the players where and how it effected us as real estate professionals as well as our clients. We asked other key organizations in our community like The Women’s Council of RealtorsCREAAAREAA, and YPN for help in creating the areas’ best event for our members and the Building Boom was born.

This session will mark our 3rd semi-annual event and it’s the greatest one yet. We have some of the areas greatest experts in real estate sales, development, city planning, economics, and the real estate press. And, for the first time, we are offering seats to those who are non-members of SFAR (San Francisco Association of Realtors) and our affiliate associations.

The event will be followed by a reception to celebrate with friends, make new connections, and discuss your ideas and thoughts about real estate in our great city.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this incredible event! Mark your calendar and Register Here to book tickets today.

Contact Gabriel Rojas about buying or selling your Bay Area property at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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SF Building Boom Comes to the SF Jazz Center!

I am very pleased to announce the 3rd Annual SF Building Boom Panel Discussion is coming to the SF Jazz Center on September 18th!

The “Building Boom” series came about 2 years ago when the SFAR’sMember Education committee concluded that it was imperative that the real estate community in San Francisco and the Bay Area stayed current on what was being built, where it was being built, who the players where and how it effected us as real estate professionals as well as our clients. We asked other key organizations in our community like The Women’s Council of RealtorsCREAAAREAA, and YPN for help in creating the areas’ best event for our members and the Building Boom was born.

This session will mark our 3rd annual event and it’s the greatest one yet. We have some of the areas greatest experts in real estate sales, development, city planning, economic growth, and the real estate press. And, for the first time, we are offering seats to those who are non-members of SFAR (San Francisco Association of Realtors) and our affiliate associations.

The event will be followed by a reception to celebrate with friends, make new connections, and discuss your ideas and thoughts about real estate in our great city.

Another first for us is the opportunity for sponsorship. If you have an interest in getting your real estate-related product or service in front of hundreds of real estate professionals, contact Deborah Grinnell at deborah@sfrealtors.com or by phone at 415-230-26732.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this incredible event! Mark your calendar and Register Here to book tickets today.

Contact Gabriel Rojas about buying or selling your Bay Area property at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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Is love in the cards for Google and The Shipyard?

It’s just a matter of time before this part of San Francisco is a highly flourishing area with jobs and beautiful homes. The question is who will help build it and how long will it take? Moves like the potential Google investment could really help to expedite this.

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Read the full article by SF Business Times writer, Cory Weinberg:

EXCLUSIVE: Google eyes S.F.’s Hunters Point Shipyard for future office space

As always, I’m always suggesting to my more pioneering clients that this is an area to invest in. As someone who invested in areas like South Harlem in the early 2000s, I can tell you from experience that it’s always best to buy or build early than too late.

For more information about buying or selling in San Francisco and Oakland, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

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The future of Pier 29

A very exiting future for Pier 29 and the water front of SF. What will end up here?

Because I live so close to this destination, I’m particularly excited about what the future holds. Personally, I’d like to see some great organic produce, some fine dining (no chains or franchises please), and maybe some unique retail. Of course, having an adequate amount of green space is essential.

Here’s to the future!

Pier 29

Photo by John King

Read the original article from The Barbary Coast News: http://www.barbarycoastnews.com/2014/08/19/whats-next-for-pier-29/

Causes and Solutions to our Water Crisis in California. Please do your part!

What can we do help our great state alleviate our current water crisis? See the chart below to find ways to help this serious issue.

The California Water Crisis

The California Water Crisis

Why San Francisco is Not New York

I’m from New York and have been in San Francisco now for just shy of 8 years. I love this article. It rings true in so many ways. Truth is, I don’t want San Francisco to be New York and, quite frankly, I don’t think it ever will be. Thank goodness…
Nick Bilton/The New York Times

Nick Bilton/The New York Times

The link to the original article: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/why-san-francisco-isnt-the-new-new-york/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Uncategorized&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body

The 6th Street Streetscape Upgrades

Designs and Renderings for 6th Street Streetscape Upgrades Released

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The SFMTA released its proposal for redesigning Sixth Street between Market Street and Howard Street, including renderings of the upgraded SOMA streetscape. Traffic lanes would be reduced from four to two, sidewalks would be widened (making room for more landscaping and seating), and green-painted bike lanes would be added. Intersections would get raised crosswalks, extra-wide speed bumps, and textured pavement intended to reduce driving speeds.

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The SFMTA is currently soliciting input from the community, but environmental review for the development is expected to begin in January and might take 16 to 18 months. Although the project isn’t funded yet, city officials expect little difficulty given the high number of pedestrian injuries in the area.

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The city will be adding new lighting and other minor upgrades in the meantime, and has already added painted sidewalk extensions to Sixth Street with the goal of reducing the number of lanes pedestrians must cross.

For more information about how streetscape improvements will affect property values in SOMA, contact neighborhood professional Gabriel Rojas at 415.562.6999 or gabriel@climbsf.com.

New Ideas for Using Idle Buildings in San Francisco

A whole new take on who and how our citizens are helping to plan out areas of San Francisco that need the help.

“Civic innovators” are coming up with new ideas for using idle buildings in San Francisco. Also called “civic hackers,” they are socially-minded citizens who want to improve their city yet work outside of develpment firms and city planning departments.

San Francisco’s Mid-Market area was a perfect target, with multiple vacant buildings lining the city’s main thoroughfare while the area is under redevelopment. Civic innovators at last year’s Creative Currency hackathon came up with ways to use this inactive space by creating an online platform to connect the building’s owners to entrepreneurial renters who could use short-term leases to jumpstart their businesses, host gallery shows, or just have fun.

“A cafe popped up at an SF Chronicle newsstand kiosk hosting a bike-repair station by Huckleberry Bicycles; an outdoor sidewalk market displayed wares from local artisans and shopkeepers; a sidewalk came alive with a mobile library in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library; a yoga class took place in the GAFFTA office; and people let loose at a game night in the commissary kitchen at SF FoodLab. Over 500 people attended, and that stretch of Market Street felt alive. Local business owners and residents alike said they wanted to see the street charged with so much energy more often.” –Emily Eisenhart, The Bold Italic

For more information about how civic innovators’ projects could help enrich communities and increase home values in Mid-Market, the Mission District, and other neighborhoods of San Francisco, contact Gabriel Rojas at 415.562.6999 or gabriel@climbsf.com.

Photo source: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle

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Follow this link to see my original post: http://www.sfnewdevelopments.com/14183/new-ideas-for-using-idle-buildings-in-san-francisco/

San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood a “Eco-District”? Plans for 2014

As a big advocate for “Green” construction and building practices, I have to put my support behind the idea of this project. Obviously, I will need a lot more detail about it before putting my stamp of approval on it but, in concept, I love it!

Original Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/15/san-francisco-eco-district_n_2140905.html#!

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