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Old 04-28-2014, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by dalparadise View Post
So, why ask for perspectives if your mind is made up?
Perspectives on how or why this came to be, not refuting what is.
Please explain your concept of "relevant" dining and drinking, because I'm not sure what you mean.
Chefs, restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and bars that are setting innovation and quality standards for the SF (and national) independent food scene, often coupled with high-level aesthetic design. Stone's Throw and Verbena in Russian Hill fit this bill, but there are just more south of Geary.
SF may very well end up like how Berkeley has been for years, in that there is no incentive for landlords to perform unnecessary upkeep on their rental properties because there will always be huge competition for any rental property when it opens up due to high need and limited supply.
I think this, coupled with strict rent control, is the answer. Pacific Heights and much of the larger houses in the Marina are mostly owner-occupied, so they will always be kept up. The south-of-Geary gentrified 'hoods have all been (relatively) recently redeveloped, so they're looking fresh. Meanwhile, much of stock in Russian Hill, Nob Hill and North Beach is rental, and since these neighborhoods have been so popular for so long, often with rents stagnating due to long occupation, the owners have little reason to spend money fixing them up (let alone adding amenities like washers and dryers).
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