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Ep. 14 Modular Construction, Coolest Offices and Dealpath CEO Mike Sroka

[1:10] In this episode of the Structures podcast, multimedia producer Kevin Truong and real estate reporters Blanca Torres and Roland Li talk about modular construction and its potential impact on the Bay Area housing crisis. [12:15] The podcasting trio also previews the Business Times Coolest Offices in the Bay Area competition which will reveal finalists online on March 5. In the segment the team debate the merits of an open-floor office, what amenities actually improve employee...


A retrospective look at Mayor Ed Lee's legacy

A retrospective look at Mayor Ed Lee's legacy by San Francisco Business Times


Our Oakland Structures Spectacular

The subject of how Oakland's real estate market is changing was top of mind for our massive Oakland Structures special issue which delved into the city's commercial, residential and retail market. It's also the subject of this week's Structures podcast where we explore more deeply some of the issues laid out in the special section. [1:00] First up was a discussion on the possible revitalization of West Oakland, the city's perpetual "neighborhood of the future" where we discuss not only the...


Ep 11: On partial stake sales, Salesforce Tower and modular construction

Ep 11: On partial stake sales, Salesforce Tower and modular construction On this week's issue of the Structures podcast, multimedia producer Kevin Truong and real estate reporters Blanca Torres and Roland Li dive full on into the policy wonk behind partial stake sales, which allow landlords to skirt transfer and property taxes. [1:22] Then the podcast team takes a look at Salesforce Tower and what the tallest building in San Francisco symbolizes for the city and the emerging Transbay...


Ep 10: Everything you wanted to know about affordable housing

In this episode of the SFBT Structures Podcast multimedia producer Kevin Truong and real estate reporters Blanca Torres and Roland Li break down some of the questions you’ve always been afraid to ask about affordable housing, draw some distinctions with other programs designed to make housing cheaper and outline some of the deeper social issues which underpin the affordable housing debate. In our New Development segment we review some of the big real estate news during our extended break...


Ep 9: Facebook's big lease and highlights from our Structures event

The San Francisco Business Times Structures podcast team breaks down the Facebook's massive lease in 181 Fremont and what it means for the city's already crowded office market [1:00]. Then they share some of the highlights from the SF Business Times Structures breakfast including Mayor Ed Lee's new directive to speed up housing approvals [4:30] and the event panel's thoughts on the raft of new state legislation meant to address the housing crisis [10:15] and San Francisco's Prop M office...


Ep 8: Biotech, the A's new stadium and Build's Lou Vasquez

This week's Structures Podcast features multimedia producer Kevin Truong, real estate reporter Blanca Torres and special guest and biotech and sports business reporter Ron Leuty. The team discuss Kilroy Realty's biotech plays in South San Francisco [1:00] and bat around the possibility of a new Oakland Athletics stadium [8:25]. Then, Lou Vasquez, the managing partner of San Francisco developer Build, comes on for an interview with Blanca and Roland Li [26:30] where he goes into his path...


Ep 6: Getting Real About Racism in Real Estate

Listen to our reporters dish about recent controversy over investors swooping in to buy a private street that resurfaced racist real estate practices as well why people can't get enough of talking about Salesforce Tower and what you can expect in development news in the fall. Music by: BenSound


Ep 4: Talking Housing with Trulia's Chief Economist

For our inaugural Structures podcast guest, we had on Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist of San Francisco real estate company Trulia. We pick his brain on the current housing crisis in the Bay Area, some housing policy he'd like to see change as well as tips for first-time homebuyers in the region's red-hot market.


Ep 3: Tenderloin, Mission and office

This episode features a deep dive into some of the stories in our San Francisco Business Times' annual structures print publication featuring real estate reporters Blanca Torres and Roland Li and multimedia producer Kevin Truong. [1:39] The Tenderloin is seeing a historic resurgence of investment and development. We discuss the tenuous balance between growth and preservation in the TL. [13:27] Another neighborhood discussion, this time the Mission, which has seen approval of three major...


Ep 2: Oakland's Building Boom

The SF Business Times' Kevin Truong, Roland Li and Blanca Torres discuss the recent resurgence of Oakland's real estate market and how the city hopes to continue the momentum to affordable projects and neighborhoods in need of economic development.


Ep. 1: Why is Housing so Expensive in the Bay Area?

In the inaugural episode of the San Francisco Business Times Structures Podcast, we introduce our real estate reporters Blanca Torres and Roland Li and ask the question, why is housing so pricy in the Bay Area? And – more importantly – are there solutions to the issue? Notes: [13:00]: Carmel Partners' Fremont project is now facing a CEQA lawsuit [20:00]: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has since identified a site in the Sunset neighborhood for teacher housing. Music by: Bensound