Editorials

Editorials 


Sep 19, 2018

Thank you, Mayor Breed


As a critic of the direction that our city has taken in solving homelessness and how we take care of cleaning our streets, I have to commend our new Mayor, London Breed, for taking immediate action in her new role. As a city that has struggled ...

Editorials 


Sep 11, 2018

Tech Offices Are the New Sweatshops: How Tech Amenities Are Killing Retail


In 1984 when I got into the commercial real estate business, San Francisco had a vibrant garment production business, commonly known as “sweatshops.” Long before the sewing business was sent overseas, most of today’s South of Market ...


EDITORIALS  Aug 15, 2018

The Cost of Losing Personal Service in Real Estate


Many years ago, I began purchasing single family homes for investment in Arizona. I had found a terrific residential real estate agent whom I trusted [...]

EDITORIALS  Jul 05, 2018

Trump Tariffs: Good or Bad for Commercial Real Estate?


If President Trump follows through with his plan to institute tariffs in order to force more fair trade, then commercial real estate across the country [...]

EDITORIALS  Jun 06, 2018

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Maria & How We Can Fix Homelessness in San Francisco


When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September of last year, many here in San Francisco watched as the tragedy unfolded across newspapers and screens. [...]

EDITORIALS  Mar 27, 2018

The Hidden Fees That Eat Away At Your Budget


Today, the costs to build any residential or commercial properties are through the roof. When you set yourself a budget, my recommendation is to double [...]

EDITORIALS  Feb 07, 2018

Where Did Etiquette Go?


Common etiquette, at least what I have learned and practiced, has certainly evolved in ways that are very different today. “Please” and “thank [...]

EDITORIALS  Jan 03, 2018

2018: The Closing Chapter for The Current Boom?


Having been in the commercial real estate business since 1984, I have experienced three boom and bust cycles throughout my career. The beginning of the [...]

EDITORIALS  Jan 03, 2018

Happy New Year! Is It Really Time for Change?


The ongoing tradition of making a list of positive changes you want to implement in your life in a new year can actually be productive. A number of people [...]

EDITORIALS  Dec 20, 2017

How One Restaurateur Transformed Downtown Philly From Sleepy to Swanky


In a new book by Enrico Moretti, “The New Geography of Jobs,” Moretti provides a deep dive where job opportunities are and why that is the [...]

EDITORIALS  Nov 29, 2017

The New Generation and Changes in Commercial Real Estate


One of the most active industrial markets in the country can be found in Chicago. Commercial Real Estate properties there can easily make $300,000 - [...]

EDITORIALS  Nov 15, 2017

Add Education To Your Calendar


As a result of owning my own commercial real estate firm since 1991, I have seen what works and doesn’t work in the successful development of a [...]

EDITORIALS  Sep 13, 2017

Why the Warehouse Supply Continues to Disappoint the Demand


Warehouse demand is at an all-time high and industrial vacancies are at their lowest point in nearly two decades at 5.3 percent, according to JOC.com's [...]

EDITORIALS  Sep 07, 2017

Airbnb Meets the Retail World


In a recent tweet, President Trump recently pointed out again how Amazon is hurting retail in cities, saying “Amazon is doing great damage to tax-paying [...]

EDITORIALS  Jul 26, 2017

Amazon's Move to San Francisco Highlights The City's Challenges Around Office Space


Amazon recently announced the largest office lease signing this year in San Francisco– 180,000 square feet and occupying multiple floors at 525 [...]

EDITORIALS  Jul 12, 2017

San Franciscans: Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?


San Francisco’s Mayor, Ed Lee, just announced a $10.1 billion city budget, with increased spending to address homelessness. The two-year budget [...]

EDITORIALS  Jun 19, 2017

Cities Across the US Need to Carefully Consider Zoning Changes


Asking our government to be proactive may seem like a long shot, but the City leaders across the country need to understand the impact of the changing [...]
Amazon
EDITORIALS  Mar 28, 2017

Game Changer: How Retailers Can Compete with Amazon Drone Delivery Service


Amazon continues to take center stage in retail thanks to a variety of things they've done right– great customer service, competitive pricing, unbeatable [...]
The White Houses
EDITORIALS  Jan 31, 2017

Our History on Domestic Spending and Its Impact on Commercial Real Estate


In 1981, President Reagan took office on a program of heavy domestic spending and fixing international trade disparities that were threatening American [...]
SF building codes
EDITORIALS  Jan 04, 2017

Why San Francisco's Board of Supervisors Cannot Avoid Enforcement of Building Codes


On the heels of the recent tragic Oakland fire, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is working to protect our artist community by preventing enforced [...]
Castro Street
EDITORIALS  Nov 30, 2016

An Open Letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee


Dear San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Several years ago, one of our citizens and small business owner, Juliet Pries, had an idea to open a "prohibition style" [...]
Office Design
EDITORIALS  Nov 11, 2016

Today's Office Design Not Your Grandfather's Office


For those of you way too young to remember the Bewitched television series from the 1960's and 70's, each week we watched scenes of Darrin Stevens working [...]
Interest Rate
EDITORIALS  Oct 03, 2016

The Domino Effect of an Interest Rate Uptick


When my wife and I bought our first home in San Francisco for $138,000 in 1978, we were required to put 25 percent down. We were so excited to get a 30-year [...]
Shopping Center
EDITORIALS  Jun 01, 2016

Density Availability and The Cyclical Evolution of Retail


Years ago, neighborhoods were built around neighborhood street retail. Often times people lived above retail stores or homes were within a short walking [...]
disappearance of the phone call
EDITORIALS  Jan 19, 2016

How Digital Communication is Affecting Office Design


Walk into almost any office today and listen. Among colleagues chatting and the sound of typing, what don't you hear? Phones ringing... From sales offices [...]

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