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John King @JohnKingSFChron jking@sfchronicle.com

S.F. Chronicle urban design critic, back from a stint at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. as a Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies.

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@PhotoFruge @jachristian Boring?????? But, but ....!!!!In which Berkeley (the city) files suit against Berkeley (the university) over a plan for 150 faculty apartments th… https://t.co/tHOII64y7s @j2parman Really big goats, maybe!
6/16
2019
And to conclude today's trifecta! Caille Millner's irresistible riff on goats that devour hillside weeds and the wo… https://t.co/pO40QXu8S4Another great piece in today's @sfchronicle : Ann Killion's painfully smart look at how " in retrospect it would ha… https://t.co/MpQiakH6J3This @meliarobin piece is a vivid primer on how globalization upends blue-collar lives: Swiss immigrants "built a s… https://t.co/Hhj99SRrh7
6/15
2019
@ericskiba Cedar near Vine! Good to know there’s more than one.....In Berkeley, they still believe https://t.co/LyANYY8ouwSigh. Insane.....And two obligatory Avery shots https://t.co/KtEXnnbwcUEn route to catch last half of game 6. Coming from opening of Avery tower at First and Folsom, which offers these v… https://t.co/XQxei9y6On
6/14
2019
Tonight in the #NBAFinals, the @Warriors play their last game at @OracleArena, their home court for 47 seasons. Fan… https://t.co/NCsENP2GH2
Retweeted by John Kingmy fear is that we raise the seawall, but not enough. we’ve been thinking SLR a couple of feet, but what if it’s 6’… https://t.co/hxVlyNWBgj
Retweeted by John KingSan Francisco's Port releases its first land use plan in 22 years -- and starts by removing the words "land use" fr… https://t.co/umqrzc6fJn @mmorrisaia Austere is the word. 44 Montgomery owners clearly don’t see this as a portal worth emphasizing @Artguy1 @peterhartlaub Yeah, but wait until you hear my podcast on Timber Wolf and the League of Superheroes....The Port of SF includes everything from a baseball park to a recycling plant. That might be why the new plan for it… https://t.co/KXFIwBfmEf
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6/13
2019
@shanand Surprise! But imagine the bustle in the 1970s renderings..... @bdayshirt Like I said, cultural snapshot of long-gone norms. And not a food truck in sight!If you’re seeking a spot in downtown San Francisco where nothing has changed since 1985, may I suggest .... the und… https://t.co/TUEm9He5HwMy colleague @mslaurabliss has been closely following the Rockefeller Foundation's abrupt decision to table its glo… https://t.co/1oOGLUuwG8
Retweeted by John KingWhat I’ve learned the last two days: an unprecedented heat wave, in a house w/no air conditioning, is not when you… https://t.co/Ze0QPzxTnX
6/12
2019
Includes Michael Boland, longtime planning guru at @presidiosf — congrats to all! https://t.co/LI40m2nQUYThe Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) today announced that the Salesforce Transit Center and public rooftop pa… https://t.co/MhJq0JRamE
Retweeted by John KingAgreed! Don’t even need cookies. Just turn on the elevators and escalators one day and that the place is back in ac… https://t.co/sDH3zBQbqNFinally! And the sooner it reopens the better .... https://t.co/dcqh3As94hOpening tomorrow: 727 West Madison, an ellipse-shaped eye-catcher by FitzGerald Associates Architects. The 492-unit… https://t.co/0DjPwWmtAK
Retweeted by John KingCrazy but here we are— the key Warrior in game 6 will be DeMarcus Cousins
6/11
2019
Fascinating and focused piece https://t.co/uBKpp1wa7EICYMI — my farewell to a venue where the architecture and the sport flow together with effortless joy (and one more… https://t.co/nGqb6A1t7I @peterhartlaub Hey, that's one way to deal with Manhattanization.... @nowurbanism Meanwhile, our backyard hydrangeas https://t.co/sTS2xegThnTrust @petridishes: "There is just too much at stake to risk nominating the sort of person who, time and time again… https://t.co/o5WDkVCpUR
6/10
2019
In which @CarlNolteSF rises in defense of this city that still attracts heroes who "are not native San Franciscans… https://t.co/hpcFtQgHRDFascinating look at the rise of urban skateboarding in the U.S. -- and how the Embarcadero's Justin Herman Plaza in… https://t.co/M7HpxYUUCz
6/9
2019
When I first saw the Coliseum Arena in the 80’s my first thought was that it looked like a modernist version of a b… https://t.co/keRylS92Et
Retweeted by John KingIn the beginning: one of five vintage Oakland Arena images included w/my farewell review, along with my (buggy) sli… https://t.co/EaRDaIHG55Warriors' glory that is Oracle: with two games left to go, my praise to an arena "so compact that we feel the heat… https://t.co/9G426du82c
6/8
2019
@DianaBudds Thanks! Worked on that one awhile in the pre-game warm-upsSpoiler alert! https://t.co/DgiTnqJzMo @paulgoldberger Not to mention the cyst-like service appendages, or whatever they are https://t.co/qxbZt2jOauAnd for all you mid-century modern fans, here are two images of the wonderful @SOM_Design when it debuted in 1966 (… https://t.co/qIGFlMADHE @rolandlisf won't be the same!My take on the Warriors' Oakland home (but not for long) -- an arena made for basketball in more ways than one, fro… https://t.co/JtmJd8WjGATonight may be the last #Warriors game ever at Oracle Arena. Here's why the structure was ideal for basketball, in… https://t.co/VboL5XM0Cu
Retweeted by John KingWe need many tools to fix the housing crisis. My piece on one approach, discreet + urbane, that’s starting to make… https://t.co/C6wF7BMnw3 @LangeAlexandra Wait until you see the images tomorrow. Sublime.....
6/7
2019
@BlairKamin Wait'll you see the five vintage images in the online package. Ethereal yet robust....It may be hard for the new arena in SF to recapture the vibe of this classic #fancentered #eventvenue. https://t.co/oMAh8WQ7yd
Retweeted by John KingDoing a piece for tomorrow on the architectural reasons why Oracle Arena is such a good venue for basketball. And a… https://t.co/OLLtuYRwbjMy piece on Dan Parolek, a genial crusader for what he describes simply as “House-scaled buildings that happen to h… https://t.co/kIcnsBdnUl“That missing-middle term has taken on a life of its own,” said Christopher Ptomey, executive director of ULI’s Ter… https://t.co/r4hQHfoNZR
Retweeted by John KingScenes from a shellacking #ontogamefour https://t.co/sHcu5qafEz
6/6
2019
Amid all the tea leaf reading for the true motivation behind the citizenship question on the census, a lot of it is… https://t.co/zF5uupE2JB
Retweeted by John KingGet hyped up for Game 3 with a look back at the #Warriors epic playoff run. Then check back after the game for fres… https://t.co/V9lDTTlC1q
Retweeted by John King @markasaurus @ebarcuzzi @kwatt @pigcookn @woolie @ChitownBean @hunterrible Why it’s easier to be a critic than a numbers guy! @barronlee Most dramatic of all!
6/5
2019
@woolie @kwatt @ChitownBean @hunterrible What I’ve seen in past decade is a growing acceptance of density in many (… https://t.co/lxoKUnAszO @AKarreon12 @Scott_Wiener @KTVU @abc7newsbayarea None of these have anything to do with state edicts in their creat… https://t.co/I8Jv1kMwQM @OConnellPostbiz I hear he bought it as a perk that will be made available each month to the Podt’s Employee of the Month! @chenoehart @Sr_Lazarus But this is also new, on east side of tracks instead of west https://t.co/1tGsefYDJA @chenoehart @Sr_Lazarus In many California suburbs, mainstream Mission Revival endures.... @TimothyORourke But wait! There’s more! https://t.co/h0UwP0FrhwTo all the cynics who say there’s no appetite for dense new housing next to transit, here’s what’s going up along E… https://t.co/PDJ5aAoJKl @j2parman @SOM_Design No, that’s SCB. The asymmetry thing is a fad right now, but the SF tower handles it wellWondering why all my St. Louis friends never told me about how great Kansas City is. Petty jealousy? Sibling rivalry?
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6/4
2019
@billshelleyart @SOM_Design Thanks!It doesn’t have the metallic visual pop of Jeanne Gang’s Mira, but the @SOM_Design apartment tower going up at Miss… https://t.co/IYYg0IgWs8Been to Yosemite recently? The park shuttle system is a mess, at best an annoyance for the 3 million visitors who r… https://t.co/34sKScx3nK
Retweeted by John King @ovillalon @peterhartlaub Done with total poise ....Who needs Curry and Thompson when the Warriors have Cook and Bogut?🏀🏀🏀 @annkillion Better than game one, at least? #SmallConsolation @EricHeins Hello, I'm working on a news article today about the New Haven USD strike and was told that you called o… https://t.co/7ssAUyNQZa
6/3
2019
This @carlnoltesf is like a cheat sheet for weekend hikes through parts of the city that have nothing to do with to… https://t.co/LmRYOo9h6v
6/2
2019
@chiggy515 Hope so! @wpaulfarmer Thanks for putting me and my tweet — done after hopping off the bus that stops a short block away — in my and its place
6/1
2019
Local angle: That's FLW's never-built butterfly span for San Francisco Bay that's shown in the computer rendering b… https://t.co/5ExRCl5w5G @jwpschaub @Bernalwood I might take you both up on this later. Good to hear it passed the Planning Commission, but… https://t.co/x4utB2hpXG @rbcalvin @studiogang They had the routine down, no question....And how the hectic high-rise looks in today’s foggy light https://t.co/VBV8375zFNThis is cool: one of the metal panels for @studiogang’s Mira tower being lifted (quickly) into place https://t.co/EdfDrEZqJxTakeaway from game one: Toronto is a really good team.And here’s the first part of the saga above! https://t.co/6WCcj68wIWLove this Sam Whiting piece on the best (small-scale) public art on Market Street in ages. Whimsical funk, impartin… https://t.co/HRz35MKEfO
5/31
2019
@kimmaicutler This was a strange one (I'll be writing about it), a widely supported but perhaps overly ambitious co… https://t.co/I6V5S5dx5f @reedm 🙄But hey, that REALLY would make a canyon! @aarieff If this gets built? Game over! Perpetual shadows! @JohnKingSFChron @paulgoldberger Here's the opposition letter. Note anyone in San Francisco can file a discretionar… https://t.co/zC9qEIeFE4
Retweeted by John King @jjinsf me too! Much more creative than my hurried snaps after exiting BART.... @BrianBicycles Hide your eyes, lad.... @paulgoldberger On, our business reporter @rolandlisf points out, a block already zoned at the less-than-daunting height of 40 feet! @audreycoopersf In a grim dystopian landscape, no doubt, the ravaged remnants of Glen Park....Unbelievable. This sign is not satirical.... https://t.co/QIFqYuKKkF @TonyBravoSF and a bonus vertical for you https://t.co/bZ0XmPPEF0Six months later, FWIW, my verdict on this Alicia McCarthy mural at Seventh and Market is — welcome grid! https://t.co/Tt9guGWFwK @kristoncapps My vote is with you, totally. Treat the gates beyond security as the start of the getaway from daily life....
5/30
2019
This approach to the science — shortening the timeline of your estimates — would be a little like putting up signs… https://t.co/VCesS5I32z
Retweeted by John KingHard to photograph, but @davidbakerfaia housing at 222 Taylor for @TNDC is almost complete— nearly 15 years after p… https://t.co/TpheihZQNj @KentGerman And while we're digging into the archives.... https://t.co/X2hx2GOwxO @KentGerman Oh my, yes! Such space back then to simply observe. And the building has aged well, though I suspect th… https://t.co/I2RogsqDiL
5/29
2019

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