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Curbed Rumblings: Blue Buildings, Green Buildings

It's Friday afternoon, and that means it's time to look back on the week that was at our sister site and friendly neighborhood blog, Curbed SF.

1) Mission Bay: The eerie blue glow you see in the above shot comes courtesy of the mega-sized blue wrappings around the under-construction Arterra. The building was topped off back in July, and now the interiors—walls, cabinetry, etc.—are coming along as well. And don't be fooled by the abundance of blues; when it finishes, the Arterra will be one of the greenest buildings in the city.

2) The Richmond: There's something about chain store proliferation that gets Curbed commenters up in arms, no matter which side of the debate they fall. This week's controversy came in the form of an undercover kiosk erected by Starbucks in Safeway. Starbucks: brewing Richmond controversy since 2007!

3) SoMa: The corner of Sixth and Howard has been home to the Hugo Hotel for about 99 years. With Gavin and Friends looking to reinvigorate that area (cf. Mint Plaza), the hotel refuses to sell, so the city is considering declaring the building eminent domain. The lesson? Don't be standing on the tracks when the PlumpJack train is coming through.