SAN FRANCISCO - 100 Van Ness is a little different from your average luxury apartment here. Greeted by an automatic revolving door, residents of this downtown residential building lounge or work in communal spaces with coffee machines, meeting rooms and conference spaces. With its glass cubicles, snack station and desks, there's something vaguely office-like about it. That's probably because it used to be an office building. No downtown in America lost more in the pandemic workplace revolution than San Francisco's. And none has more to gain from a new vision for how to recover: Transforming unused office space into housing. It's been done before, but it's not easy. Turning an office building into apartments can be costlier and more difficult than standing up a whole new residential building from scratch, according to architects and developers. Of dozens of empty or underutilized office buildings out there - and in San Francisco there are plenty - only a fraction are actually … [Read more...] about Work from home has downtowns empty. A solution? Live in a former office.
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Childminder whose dog kept knocking over toddlers quits after damning Ofsted report
The childminder quit and closed down following the Ofsted report (stock) (Image: Getty) SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info A childminder has quit and closed down following a damning Ofsted report. Ofsted found her "aggressive" dog kept knocking over toddlers and that the youngsters were putting the animal's "toys and bones in their mouths". Related articles Woman hit with £400 council fine for 'putting bins out on wrong day' 'Like the Berlin Wall' Fury over fence blocking villagers from park The woman, from Staple Hill, Bristol, was "frequently too busy trying to manage" the pet’s behaviour, picking up toys and rocking children in buggies to look after them properly, according to a watchdog. Government … [Read more...] about Childminder whose dog kept knocking over toddlers quits after damning Ofsted report
Bay Area landslides are a big concern for this week’s storm. Here are the high-risk locations
The specter of more battering rains in the Bay Area early this week prompted a warning from geologists across the region: Beware of landslides that could cause roads to crater and snap, send rocks pouring onto highways or tilt homes perilously close to cliff sides. “Soil saturation is at the level of concern for debris flows that could occur with this incoming rainstorm,” said Jeremy Lancaster, an associate state geologist with the California Geological Survey, referring to information his agency has received from its federal counterpart. Related: Map shows unusual impact California storms are having on the ocean “Debris flows” describe a deadly type of landslide that typically occurs during or shortly after a rainstorm, often with little or no warning. They move at 20 to 25 mph, pitching boulders and soil down canyons, knocking houses off their foundations, and sending debris through walls. Relentless storms have triggered landslides throughout California this year, … [Read more...] about Bay Area landslides are a big concern for this week’s storm. Here are the high-risk locations