Monday, April 21, 2014

San Francisco Real Estate eaten by giant claws

On this morning's walk I saw someone with a tripod, presumably making a time-lapse movie of the Cathedral Hill Hotel demolition. Turns out he didn't have to:

The construction company has cameras of the demolition, including (if you dig for it) a time-lapse movie of the whole thing for each camera.  There are also a bunch of pretty renderings from the developer, Sutter Health, which denies that its huge share of the Northern California market is the reason health care costs more in Northern California than in Southern

“Sutter is a leader — a pioneer — in figuring out how to amass market power to raise prices and decrease competition,” said Glenn Melnick, a professor of health economics at the University of Southern California. “How do hospitals set prices? They set prices to maximize revenue, and they raise prices as much as they can — all the research supports that.”
In other countries, the price of a day in the hospital often includes many basic services. Not here. The “chargemaster,” the price list created by each hospital, typically has more than ten thousand entries, and almost nothing — even an aspirin, a bag of IV fluid, or a visit from a physical therapist to help a patient get out of bed — is free. Those lists are usually secret, but California requires them to be filed with health regulators and disclosed.
(New York Times)

See also detailed plans of the whole thing.  Every hospital I've ever been in has been a horrible, confusing maze; perhaps this one will be better?  See for yourself.

Nope, it looks like they decided to stick with the traditional "completely incomprehensible set of twisty passages", complete with the classic "elevators hidden over there behind three turns and a door" gag.  Maybe they'll put up some nice signs or something.

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