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Inside San Francisco (Aug 19th, 2019)

1. Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco’s second-tallest building, is for sale, and it could fetch more than $600 million. The landmark tower is being sold along with two smaller, adjacent Sansome Street buildings. Insurance conglomerate Transamerica Corp. built the 853-foot tower in 1972; however, the company downsized and moved its headquarters to Iowa in 1999. In 2018, the company tried to sell a 49 percent ownership stake in the tower, but was unsuccessful. “We are exploring options for a possible 100 percent interest sale of the property, with Transamerica retaining naming and branding rights,” said a Transamerica executive. - SF CHRONICLE

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2. Compared to 10 years ago, San Franciscans spend 39 more hours per year commuting. That’s according to Commercial Cafe, the commercial real estate arm of the online rental platform Rent Cafe. The survey results also showed that San Jose workers are driving or taking public transit almost a full two days (47.7 hours) extra relative to a decade ago. According the report, the average San Francisco commuter spends 67.6 minutes commuting every day, which is up from 58.6 minutes in 2008. - CURBED SF

How's your daily commute to and from work? Do you feel like it's been getting longer?

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3. Just in time for the start of the school year, San Francisco hired 15 crossing guards. Mayor London Breed announced the new hires on Friday, and the new hires bring the total number of crossing guards in San Francisco up to 190, which is just five shy of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s estimate for “optimal” number of guards. The crossing guards cover roughly 154 intersections around the city, encompassing 64 elementary schools, eight K-8 schools, 13 middle schools, and some private schools as well. - SF EXAMINER

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4. The San Francisco FogCam, the world’s oldest continually operating webcam, will be turned off at the end of the month. “We felt it was time to let it go," one of the cam’s creators said. "The bottom line is that we no longer have a really good view or place to put the camera. [San Francisco State University] tolerates us, but they don't really endorse us and so we have to find secure locations on our own." Although the webcam will be switched off on Aug. 30, the website itself will be kept up "for sake of posterity." - SFGATE

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5. An 8-year-old bison named Brunhilda living in Golden Gate Park died last week. Although bison have been drawing spectators to Golden Gate Park for more than a century, Brunhilda and her herd were moved from a private breeder to a paddock next to Spreckels Lake in 2011. According to a preliminary necropsy, severe kidney disease contributed to Brunhilda’s demise. “Ultimately, her quality of life had deteriorated significantly,” one zoo veterinary doctors said. - KPIX

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6. The San Francisco Public Press is launching a brand new radio station in San Francisco called KSPF 102.5 FM. The radio station will showcase original journalism and in-depth investigative reports, and it will feature programming from other local stations. The publication is also launching a weekly political podcast called “Civic,” and KSPF 102.5 FM will promote up-and-coming podcasters in the city. - MISSION LOCAL

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7. Just in time to make you feel like you did nothing over the weekend, a group of six friends visited all 28 breweries in San Francisco on Saturday. They started at the Beach Chalet at 9:30 a.m., hired a driver to carry them around the city, and Instagrammed the whole thing. The group generated a list of their five favorite stops over the course of the day – their only dud was the Mission’s Southern Pacific Brewing, which they reported as overcrowded. - SFIST

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8. A German Redditor asked “how does SF work,” and people had answers. After visiting San Francisco, miorli wrote: “A tour guide explained to me that you are pretty much poor when you earn below $105,000 a year and that one-room appartments are around $3,000/month. In-and-out burger is hiring people for $17/hour. So even when working 80 hours a week, one barely earns his rent. Still, I saw so many people enjoying life. Can someone give me a little insight?” The post has received more than 130 comments, and people are talking about everything from rent control to roommates to startup salaries — see for yourself.

What's your take, fellow San Franciscans? How does San Francisco work? Hit reply to share your thoughts on how you're enjoying life (or not) while being in SF.

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9. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these five kid-focused establishments in San Francisco. The Bold Italic threw together this list of destinations that’s equally appropriate for the young and the young at heart, and with kids heading back to school, maybe now is the best time to check them out. - THE BOLD ITALIC

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10. Today's SF in Pictures: Reddit user eah2002

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Shane Downing is an award-winning journalist based in Oakland. As a freelance writer, he’s passionate about covering the LGBTQ+ community, at-risk youth and local news. He's a former Hoodline editor, and his work regularly appears in Oakland Magazine and The San Francisco Business Times. When he's not writing, Shane is an avid baker, gardener and tennis player.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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