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Hugo Hotel Starts Court Battle, Furniture's Fate Hangs in Balance

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The Hugo Hotel, that crazy building on Howard and Sixth with barnacle furniture stuck to its walls, finally goes to court today. The suit is between the Oregon-based owners of the building, who refused to sell to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency back in 2007 for $3.25 million, and said agency, who wants to whip out some eminent domain all over the Hugo and replace it with affordable housing. By the way, the author of the story at the Examiner wins the prize for best description of the Hugo: "San Francisco's most quaintly decorated blight." Meanwhile, other things are happening on Sixth Street, says the same story, with French bistro Passion Cafe and a sandwich shop on their way. And without eminent domain too, one presumes.
· Art-draped hotel focus of suit [SF Examiner]
· Sixth Street: 2008's Comeback Kid? [Curbed SF]
· Eminent Domain: City to Whack Sixth and Howard Hotel [Curbed SF]

Hugo Hotel

200-214 Sixth Street, San Francisco, CA