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Deadwood City no more

| June 7, 2012 | 1 Comment
Deadwood City no more

The decades-long effort to revitalize downtown Redwood City has been a saga of false starts and lawsuits.   Seems like the corner has finally been turned– while vacant storefronts are still too prevalent, office rents are rising and the vacancy rate is low.  The reopened Fox Theatre has made downtown Redwood City one of the best […]

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Addition to the downtown Palo Alto landscape

| May 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
Addition to the downtown Palo Alto landscape

It’s never a surprise to see a controversy swirling around a development project in Palo Alto, particularly in the downtown core.  The new Gateway building approved on the border of the downtown area was certainly no exception.  The Lytton Gateway project will bring a high-end, modern office building to a site that has long housed […]

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This months snapshot of key submarkets

| May 4, 2012 | 3 Comments

Once again, our research staff has delivered some very useful snapshots of some important local submarkets.  Downtown Palo Alto was really where the local market recovery started a few years back– but rents there have show no growth there in over six months, despite virtually no vacancy.  This market has almost certainly topped out. Downtown […]

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Demand shift in Mountain View knocks out big redevelopment

| May 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
Demand shift in Mountain View knocks out big redevelopment

What was it about 1970’s Mountain View and kitschy shopping malls?  As a kid, I saw movies and went for pizza in the shadow of the indoor water wheel and creek at the Old Mill, shopped at San Antonio Shopping Center, and often hung out at the very groovy Mayfield Mall, with its wall-to-wall carpet […]

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Where does an 800 lb Commercial Real Estate data aggregator sleep?

| May 2, 2012 | 4 Comments
Where does an 800 lb Commercial Real Estate data aggregator sleep?

Nearly a year since it was first announced, CoStar’s acquisition of LoopNet finally cleared regulatory hurdles and closed this week.  Many in the industry have been concerned about this consolidation– as separate companies, both had pretty user-unfriendly pricing (contrary to popular industry sentiment, I find LoopNet’s to be the more onerous of the two on this front, given their […]

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