February 18, 1990 |
Environmental change--from polluted streams to congested highways and overdeveloped land--is affecting the quality of life across the nation. Such change is gradual, and often goes unnoticed while it happens. To measure how various areas have been affected over the decades, The Times dispatched reporters to the places where they grew up. This occasional series of articles examines how our hometown environments have been altered--for better or for worse.
February 16, 1990 |
The president of the construction firm in charge of a building project where a 240-ton crane fell and killed five people here last November said Thursday that he was unaware of the extremely poor safety record of the subcontractor hired to operate the crane. The problem is "we don't deal with safety" records when it comes to hiring subcontractors, said David Grubb, president of Swinerton & Walberg, a large company with a good reputation for safety on its own.
January 31, 1990 |
Mayor Art Agnos and the Santa Fe Pacific Realty Corp. are proposing the biggest single development project in this cramped city's history, hoping to win over the powerful slow-growth lobby with promises of affordable housing, a new waterfront park and an economic boom. Agnos planned to announce today details of the latest proposal to turn the Mission Bay area, a 315-acre tract of ragged industrial land a mile south of downtown, into a showplace. The land is owned by Santa Fe Pacific.
January 15, 1990 |
Stung into awareness in the 1980s that it was no longer the undisputed financial grande dame of the West, San Francisco heads into the '90s with much of its gentility intact but with more of a team player mentality. Long regarded as a haughty isolationist, San Francisco is suddenly asking not what its region can do for it, but what it can do for the Bay Area, which has boomed even as the city's job and population growth have stagnated.
September 3, 1989
San Francisco has been virtually given half the land it needs for a proposed baseball stadium through a recent U.S. House of Representatives vote, according to a published report. The House, at the urging of city officials, last month waived $11 million in costs for a federally owned piece of land at the proposed 13-acre China Basin site, the San Francisco Examiner reported. The deal, in which the city would pay about $1 million for land worth about 12 times that much, must be approved by the U.
October 7, 1988 |
Here's a dumb-sounding idea. Spend $67 million on an elegant store at a seedy, torn-up corner three rugged blocks from San Francisco's acknowledged retail center, tony Union Square, where Macy's, I. Magnin, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus make their homes. Make people walk through a jungle of panhandlers, street musicians and sidewalk vendors to get there. Open in a mall that is still chaotic with construction work, has few other tenants as yet and offers no parking of its own.
September 23, 1988 |
A five-alarm arson fire roared through San Francisco's colorful Haight-Ashbury district before dawn on Thursday, destroying a controversial convenience store development project and damaging 10 other structures. No one was injured in the blaze, which sparked bitter accusations by parties on both sides of a dispute over the commercial future of the neighborhood.
July 8, 1988 |
The city has grown up around San Francisco's last sliver of agriculture. Passenger trains running through a half-mile tunnel built beneath the farm in 1907 rattle the herbs a bit. Exhaust from cars traveling the street--once a little-used dirt road--that runs by the farm has scarred the lettuce in the past. But until recently, it seemed that the three-acre Demattei family farm was resistant to the factors that closed down hundreds of other farms that once colored the city's landscape.
May 17, 1988
San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos asked the Navy to revise its plans for basing the battleship Missouri in his city, but the service's civilian chief declined any immediate endorsement of the idea. Navy Secretary William Ball "heard the mayor out, will study his proposals and get back to him at a later date," said Cmdr. Jeff Zakem, a spokesman.