San Francisco Building Boom Brings Change

Posted by Graniterock on Mar 18, 2015

By Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle

April 29, 2013
A chorus line of more than two dozen skeletal construction cranes looms over San Francisco's skyline. A stroll down Market Street - or sections of Mission or Octavia or many other major thoroughfares - is punctuated by the clatter of pile drivers and jackhammers. Around the city, thousands of workers are busily erecting more than 140 building projects, big and small, that will yield about 4,000 new housing units. The vast majority are multiunit buildings - predominantly apartments with a smattering of condo complexes - along with some new office high-rises and office-building renovations. Then there are some massive public projects: the Transbay Transit Center complex, the long-planned Central Subway, and new hospital buildings at San Francisco General and UCSF Mission Bay. "We're having the biggest residential construction boom that we've had in many decades," said Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of SPUR, an urban policy nonprofit.

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