(And no, we don't have the damned permit yet. I keep hitting reload on the ABC site waiting for that "48" to turn into a "47" and no matter how many times I click, it keeps not changing.)
I've finally gotten around to reading (ok, skimming) the Eastern SoMa and Western SoMa Redevelopment Plans (big PDFs: East, West.) Mostly it sounds pretty reasonable. Lots of high-minded Civic Planning with a capital P. It all seems very pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, which I think is great. If this goes through, it sounds like we'll be getting wider sidewalks in front of DNA Lounge, which would be awesome. It's not clear to me if this means that all the street parking on 11th St. would disappear, though. I've got mixed feelings about that. The plan also includes better transit service down Folsom and 11th.
I think it's funny that both documents, when they wanted a photo to illustrate the concept of "mixed use neighborhood", both used a photo taken directly in front of DNA Lounge, of the condos and tire shop, even though they painted over that awesome tire in 2006.
Come to Hubba Hubba's Creepshow Peepshow tomorrow!