There's been a lot of buzz talk over the past several months as to whether or not San Francisco will be hosting the 2013 America's Cup. Word on the street is that the City will prevail, but we won't know until the eleventh hour (basically, by the end of TODAY). While Rhode Island has been running a close second for the bid, sources say they won't be able to present a final offer in time due to some financial issues. Besides, billionaire Larry Ellison is the primary decision maker and think there may be a little bias leaning towards home base (dontcha think?). Other than the fact that it would be fun to host this great event, the City anticipates over $1 billion of tourist dollars flooding into the region as a result. I'd say that's a pretty good incentive to make it happen.
From the Zephyr video log:
"To live in the Marina is to be the envy not only of many San Franciscans, but also of people from around the world who visit our city to relish the ornate beauty of the Palace of Fine Arts, the brisk air of a stroll along the Marina Green or out to Crissy Field, and views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Single family homes, apartment buildings and flats offer a range of housing options for home seekers in this often sunny enclave; "Marina Style" barrel front homes and art deco style buildings are a hallmark of the area. Chestnut Street businesses will satisfy even the most avid shoppers, foodies and night owls alike. The Marina is a well-known nightlife destination for young professionals and professional partiers alike, and some of the City's most renowned dining destinations can be found here as well. Residents enjoy spending a sunny afternoon at the Moscone Playground. Had it not been for the 1906 earthquake, this lovely neighborhood might have never been. Enterprising developers pushed rubble from the destroyed city into what was then marshland, creating a man-made foundation for building. The site was home to the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, one of the finest World's fair ever hosted in the United States. The Palace of Fine Arts is a remnant of this seminal San Francisco event. If you visit the waterfront just east of the Yacht Club when the tide is out, you might catch a glimpse of some of that old San Francisco rubble. Adventure a bit further, and you'll find the Wave Organ- an art installation of tubes extending out to the bay with openings to listen to the waves pulsing in and out. Note rubble from the former cemeteries of San Francisco strewn about and used to develop the site. When venturing to other parts of San Francisco, public transit is a breeze with both Muni and Golden Gate Transit serving the neighborhood. And by car, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County are just minutes away".