Market Street's Three Gaping Holes
Our city's main artery from just after 5th Street heading up toward the Castro has long been in decline, and in desperate need of retail shops, art galleries and performance spaces, not to mention more people patronizing the area.
I recently snapped pix of three gaping holes along Market Street, because they're impossible to miss. All of them are prime real estate locations and over the years, I've heard various business deals were either fully-approved or near-ready for construction, and before the economy slid into a recession, too. Still, the lots remain empty and a blight on the urban landscape.
Label me one San Francisco resident who would love to see the full-length of the Market Street corridor alive with diverse businesses and arts venues, affordable housing complexes and assorted populations enjoy the street. Maybe a few of the mayoral candidates can address concerns about Market Street, as they campaign for votes.
The last report I could locate on anything happening here comes from a January 2010 post at Curbed SF:
Though local paper Castro Courier had reported that Upper Market's "hole in the ground" project at 2299 Market was on "indefinite hold" due to (what else?) financing issues, the Duboce Triangle Newsletter said in their most recent issue that the five-story, 18-unit project is actually rumbling forward.
Whatever. The usual lack of development or construction surrounds this hole, which has been vacant since 1981.