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 you” have been replaced with “Can you” or just silence. “Please” ...


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 first cycle was marked by the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco, which preceded a deep national recession. ...

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 [...]
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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