Curbed: SF’s second-tallest building finally breaks ground

First published in Curbed San Francisco

The Oceanwide Center’s groundbreaking was a little rainy, but Curbed noted the mayor’s remarks about how it may mean good fortune ahead.

Mayor Ed Lee promised that rain means good luck on auspicious occasions as he talked the project up as a community benefit and a way to foster closer ties abroad.

Standing at a podium flanked by one American flag and one Chinese flag, Lee, who just returned from a trip to China, praised Oceanwide Center (named for its Chinese developer) for “creating a relationship” between San Franciscan and Chinese interests.

They also compared the First Street tower to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude – a nice compliment indeed.