Want to instantly up your home's appraisal value by, oh, say half a million? If you live in San Francisco, you can start by crossing your fingers that famed London graffiti artist Banksy is eyeing your exterior walls to use as his canvas at this very moment.

In this town, there's a new bar or restaurant opening every week. And just as often, I'm left wondering who designed the space, guessing at their inspiration, and wishing I could pick the designer's brain.

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