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Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Discover the stories and pictures that follow the Cannery from its days as the Pacific Coast Canning Company to its rebirth as the Pacific Cannery Lofts. This online gallery brings together some of the best imagery from the different stages of the Cannery's life.

The building flourished 100 years ago with over a thousand workers, provided shelter for refugees of the 1906 earthquake, and was a source of food for troops during World War I. While it closed up during the Great Depression, the legacy of the Pacific Coast Cannery lives on.

It's history has never been forgotten as nearly 40 family members of the original founder, Lew Hing, were at the Cannery for a tour just a week ago. The family has not only provided great support to the rebirth of the building, but they have also played an integral role in helping us be able to hone and tell the story of Lew Hing and the Pacific Coast Cannery.

Again, I encourage to take a minute and enjoy the online gallery.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Budding Photographer visits Pacific Cannery Lofts

Budding Photographer Rosanna Anson Vazquez, who has generously agreed to display her most recent works in our signature loft, visited to view her works in the recently installed model and was thrilled with the results. She was amazed at the amount of light in the unit and to see her works in such a "cool" setting. Keep tuned as we will be having an evening wine and cheese event to meet the artist including many of her fellow photography friends and professors. For a preview of her works check out www.rusansonphotography.com.
I have found so many young talented artists to work with in a number of projects over the past few years. Thanks to all the new young talent out there.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Live Green, Make Money

We'll spend more time elaborating on some of the green elements at the Pacific Cannery Lofts, but Yahoo! News reported yesterday on a growing trend about saving money by living in smart locations. With gas and energy prices skyrocketing, the financial impact of heavy transit is obviously adding up quickly. Being centrally located, both for having short trips to get where you need to go and for having multiple public transit options, can result in saving hundreds of dollars a month. That money adds up quick, and the location at the Pacific Cannery Lofts is about as central as it gets. The article highlights one buyer that was able to take his savings on car and gas expenses and use it to cross the threshold into homeownership. Also highlighted is research that is showing that well located homes near public transit are "selling faster and at better prices."

As one interviewee states: "When we decided that we were going to make a move we basically put a dot in the middle of the map where my office is and said, `We are not going to live farther than essentially a 20-minute circle around that,'" Bulkeley said.

Bulkeley's logic makes sense, and so does being in a location is less than 20 minutes to downtown San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley by almost any mode of transportation.

We've mentioned often that the Cannery is next to the 16th Street Train Station, the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad...this point used to be the center of all major raillines and was chosen because of its central location, and that type of connectedness to infrastructure (now in the form of all major freeways, bike paths, and BART) is as true today as it was 100 years ago.


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

PCL Haiku Corner

For all our clients, loft owners and friends who have ever dabbled in poetry, or wanted to...this is your chance. I like writing Haiku poetry while commuting by ferry and Bart to the sales office here on site at Pacific Cannery. Yesterday, as I arrived and saw the building without all its scaffolding, I wrote the following:

Purple walls rising
from dust and dreams and labor-
Lofts born of rubble.

Then I thought there might be someone else who would like to join me in a Loft Haiku corner. So, a haiku poem is three lines, consisting of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line and five syllables in the third line.
Anyone else want to join me? Trust me, it is fun!