Add this to Lawrence Halprin's legacy: The work he did in San Francisco left us a life-size seminar on what makes urban spaces flourish or fail. And even the ones that went awry drive home a larger point: The open space around us helps define a city's culture and life. The renowned landscape architect died Oct. 25 at the age of 93 at his home in Marin after a remarkable career. There are terrains in Israel and Washington, D.C., on the lakeshore of Chicago and the riverbanks of Fort Worth, Texas. Not one of his plazas and parks lacks passion - and in San Francisco we have work from all eras of his career, culminating in the operatic romance of 2005's Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio, where an 8-acre "great meadow" descends to an artificial lagoon. That orchestral grandeur marks one end of the local spectrum. The other took form nearly 50 years earlier and involves perhaps the city's most cherished space, Washington Square. Halprin didn't create the open block at the heart … [Read more...] about Lawrence Halprin’s living legacy in S.F.
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After struggling for more than a year to lure retailers to the shiny new shopping center known as 6x6 on Mid-Market Street, the developer is now seeking to convert space on two floors of the $150 million building to offices. Cypress Equities, the Dallas developer of the five-story project at 945 Market St., has filed a preliminary application with the San Francisco Planning Department seeking permission to lease the majority of the space on floors three and four to office users. That would reduce the amount of retail in the project by about 20 percent from 264,000 to 216,000 square feet. The basement and floors one, two and five would remain retail, and there would still be two retail spaces on the office levels. At present, the building is unused except for the underground parking garage. More by J.K. Dineen PoliticsBy J.K. DineenA postindustrial vision for SF’s old Pier 70LocalBy J.K. DineenWinning team to build Balboa Reservoir housing namedPoliticsBy J.K. DineenHousing … [Read more...] about Change in plan likely for Mid-Market site: less retail, more office space
Police arrested a Florida high school student after he punched a classmate who was carrying a Trump sign at school Wednesday afternoon. A 17-year-old student at Bayside High School, reportedly punched a fellow classmate over his pro-Trump sign, reports WKMG Orlando.“It definitely had a political motivation. The boy was carrying a Trump sign and walked into the gym. The other boy punched him in the face,” Lt. Mike Bandish, spokesman for the Palm Bay Police Department, said. The student has since been charged with felony battery, resisting without violence and disrupting an educational facility. After punching the pro-Trump student, the 17 year old was taken to the dean’s office. A school resource officer showed up to the office to try and calm him, an affidavit revealed. The student refused to calm down, despite the officer’s efforts to reassure him. The student allegedly put his middle finger in the officer’s face and began tearing apart the office, … [Read more...] about Student Charged With Battery After Punching Boy Holding Trump Sign
About a dozen artists facing eviction from their homes in a Mid-Market Street building would be able to stay under a tentative agreement that would have the city fund the purchase of the 15 units, which would be transferred to a nonprofit and made permanently affordable. In a complicated deal that involved the settlement of more than half a dozen separate lawsuits, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing has agreed to finance the purchase of the loft units at 1049 Market St. for $2.4 million. The agreement, which must be approved by the Board of Supervisors, would convert the building’s second floor into legal, below-market-rate residential units, while allowing the property owner to lease the rest of the seven-story, 56,000-square-foot structure to commercial tenants. The 15 units will be transferred from the city to the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which would manage the property. The city is funding the acquisition through its small sites program, which provides city … [Read more...] about Artists in SF Mid-Market eviction dispute would get to stay under city agreement