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Mission Shocker: Internet Porn Company is Model Corporate Citizen

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[Photo Credit: San Francisco Armory]

It was probably only a matter of time, but Kink.com, the owner of the Mission's historic San Francisco Armory, has filed for permits to upgrade their vast indoor drill court (above) for public events. They're not fulfilling neighborhood nightmares of rave parties and porn-related depravity, however, they're talking indoor farmer's markets and film festivals, plus we think it's great that a hugely-successful internet porn company even owns something called a "drill court". Neighbors say the porn productions have been kept discreetly undercover, and Kink.com has funneled thousands of dollars towards projects supported by Mission community groups, thus employing a community-relations strategy almost as old as selling sex itself. Once upon a time, there was a decade of attempts to convert it into condos, with acrimonious exchanges between developers, planners, anti-condo locals and preservationists, along with a week of picketing when Kink.com eventually acquired it in 2007. As befits a successful Web-based company, they maintain an excellent (and totally SFW) site for the armory as an historic building and offer S&M-free tours of the building. Presumably their plans will get laid out before the Planning Commission and avoid getting spanked by a Discretionary Review.
· Internet Porn Company Set to Open San Francisco Armory For Neighborhood Events [SF Examiner]
· San Francisco Armory [SF Armory]