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Winners!: SF Development, Investment Champs

Yes! Pricewaterhouse Cooper and the nonprofit Urban Land Institute's annual Emerging Trends study ranks San Francisco fifth in the country as a lucrative location for development and investment— behind NYC on the East Coast and Seattle on the west. Let's see ... fifth placers receive an embossed consolation ribbon or maybe, if they're lucky, a nickel-plated medal. Time for some serious training, San Francisco— we want the gold next year.

Access to airport and ports, tendency toward transient development and its status as a "24-hour global-pathway city" helped earn it the honorable mention. (Global pathway? We suppose. 24-hour city? When our fave restaurants tend to close at 11 p.m., we can't quite get on board with that one.) We did received a second-place ranking for residential development potential (props to One Rincon), third for retail, and fourth for office. Will this insulate SF from the effects of slow growth and recession? This study seems to think so. Commence victory lap around SoMa.
· Emerging real estate trends [SF Examiner]