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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Have the Homeless Already Occupied the Luxury Condo Site Along Upper Market?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

click to enlarge This ol' box. - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • This ol' box.

A luxury condo highrise being erected at the lip of the freeway on Octavia Boulevard is already seeing its first wave of residents.

But they're not the city's nouveau riche.

A photo snapped by local blogger SFCitizen shows a collection of refrigerator-sized boxes wedged behind a telephone pole at the 8 Octavia construction site, which will soon harbor one, two, and three-bedroom domiciles, each with a swank open-air floor plan.

That means the city's down-and-out might be the first to enjoy its newest chateau. The population least likely to benefit from our current tech boom can at least have the pleasure of freeway-striated sightlines and expensive, virginal land acreage, as they occupy every last square inch of open space.

To be fair, we haven't actually seen any human squatters, yet. SFCitizen tells us that a construction foreman scrutinized the boxes when he was patrolling the site at 6 a.m., with a look, suggesting they weren't supposed to be there. But then he went about his business.

Meanwhile, a minivan seems to have commandeered one of the site's blocked-off entrances and turned it into a parking space.

We're still waiting for 8 Octavia project sponsor DM Development, to tell us whether they condone cardboard dwellings on the property. In the meantime, DM's marketing team has advertised a whole list of enticements in neighboring Hayes Valley, from artisanal drip coffee bars, to the SFJAZZ Center.

If those venues seem too expensive for a squatter who can't actually afford a luxury condo, there's always the LGBT Center around the corner, alongside the First Baptist church with its tell-tale neon signs. In San Francisco, the upwardly mobile are never that far from the older, plainer vestiges of yore.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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