With all due respect to Austin and its unofficial city motto, San Francisco had the “keep it weird” rallying cry long before that upstart. It follows, then, that development of almost any sort has been a tricky prospect for many years in this progressive city. Yet it does occur albeit under the close scrutiny of local government and a myriad of watchdog groups.
Though there are many moving parts (rules, regulations, zoning, processes, etc.) to office development in San Francisco, two items stand out above the rest.