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Inside San Francisco (Jul 2nd, 2019)

On Wednesday, expect sunny skies and high winds, with a high/low of 66/54. On July 4, expect more of the same, with a high/low of 64/54.

1. Rents in SF have hit a new high. According to Zumper's July 2019 National Rent Report, the summer moving demand has driven the asking rent for available one-bedroom apartments in the city to a median of $3,720, an uptick of $20 per month. Two bedrooms were also on the rise, with an increase of 1.7 percent to $4,800. Rents dropped in Oakland, however, with a median asking rent of $2,200 for a one bedroom. - NBC BAY AREA

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2. After alleged problems with the city's permitting process, co-working startup Spacious has shut down in SF. The New York-based startup has been trying to make a go of it in San Francisco for the last two years, turning restaurants and bars into workspaces during the venues' off hours. According to co-founder Preston Pesek "the often ambiguous information and lack of a clear process of obtaining the regulatory approvals needed from SF Planning" prompted the company to close up shop in the city, while SF Planning Department spokesperson Gina Simi says that "if they decided to close their locations, I can’t see how it was because of any ambiguity from Planning." - HOODLINE

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3. The Guardian's Julia Carrie Wong says that "San Francisco techies hate the city they transformed." Unlike many "SF is doomed" pieces, Wong is a longtime local journo, who in her report spoke with numerous tech workers who are disconcerted by homeless people, upset over San Francisco's income divide, and bored by residents who are "only interested in their jobs." “Unless you’re here to hit the IPO jackpot, you’ll always be middle-class,” complained a former Apple staffer who left SF for Texas. "There’s no future for anyone under 40 in this city who’s not rich.” - GUARDIAN

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4. The rooftop park at the Transbay Transit Center quietly reopened Monday, but not for transit. People returned to the top of the repaired structure yesterday, but the transit center, itself, is still shuttered, with officials promising a reopening in the next few weeks. Debris left over from its months of emergency repairs will also prevent buses from picking up passengers at its third floor, which has a ramp that feeds straight into the Bay Bridge, until August. Meanwhile, the park's activities are back in full swing, with "22 regularly recurring programs a week, including free fitness classes, children's activities, live music twice a week, a knitting group," and a crafts program. - CURBED SF

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5. Mission Local has a story on the district's beleaguered Sunset Idea House. In this longread, reporter Joe Eskenazi traces the history of the pricey local landmark from an ambitious remodel to a sabotaged squat inhabited by a man who "looked like homeless Johnny Depp." It's a wild yarn, so if you're in a rush this morning, mark this one down to read later. - MISSION LOCAL

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6. The first season of "Tales Of The City" is now on Netflix. Perhaps you watched the most recent season and are hankering for more from 28 Barbary Lane - or maybe you're a completionist who doesn't want to watch the new episodes until you're familiar with how it all began. Whichever the case, the original PBS iteration of the show is now available for streaming. - VULTURE

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7. If you'd bought a house in SF 10 years ago, it would be worth about 90 percent more today. The overall median home value has risen from $715,900, as of April 2009, to $1.36 million in April of this year. - CNBC

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8. A Facebook mailing facility was evacuated by a sarin scare. The building, which is near the social giant's main Menlo Park HQ, was emptied Monday after a machine in the structure registed the possible presence of the deadly poison. "Authorities have not yet identified the substance found," a Facebook spokesperson said, and no injuries have been reported. - BAY CITY NEWS

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9. San Francisco's straw ban went into effect on Monday. All single-use plastic foodware, including plastic stirrers, are also verboten under the new regulations. - ABC 7

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10. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user jayoncam

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Eve Batey, who pens Inside San Francisco and Inside Media for you five days a week, is a writer, editor, and consultant based in San Francisco. You can find her on Instagram at @evelb, or email her at eve@inside.com.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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