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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As two of the city's most vaunted buildings sink or crack, an earthquake study released Oct. 4, recommended re-inspecting dozens of high-rises and beefing up construction codes for the growing crop of skyscrapers in the booming city.

San Francisco's new Transbay Transit Center was shut down Sept. 25 after the discovery of a cracked steel beam. Workers found the issue while they were installing ceiling panels on a bus platform located on the facility's third floor, and became worried that the beam could fail, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Things aren't looking good for California's Millennium Tower, a.k.a. the Leaning Tower of San Francisco. The $350 million skyscraper, which has sunk close to 18 in. and tilted about 12 in. since it was completed in 2009, now has a cracked window on the 36th floor, which appeared Sept.

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Living in one of the multi-million-dollar condos in San Francisco's Millennium Tower isn't all it's cracked up to be. Literally. A modern-day Leaning Tower of Pisa, the 58-story high rise is leaning over 14 in., and has sunk 17 in. since construction started in 2005, the San Francisco Gate reported.

One study has zeroed in on what it believes could be the top potential sites for Amazon's new HQ2. In recent research, real estate information firm REIS has revealed the top viable spots for HQ2 based on factors including public transportation, costs of living and business, quality of life, the number of tech employees, tax policies and access to higher education.

Demolition of the last Marine Foundations of San Francisco's Old Bay Bridge will continue Oct. 14, 15 and 16, as the third and final phase of the project nears completion. Caltrans said it will demolish Piers E11, E12 and E13 of the 1936 concrete East Span with a series of controlled, underwater implosions, which will last less than 10 seconds.

More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building. The $1.1 billion skyscraper has already changed the city's iconic skyline, towering over old favorites like Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid.

During the first half of 2017, eight of the top ten metropolitan markets for commercial and multifamily construction starts ranked by dollar volume registered decreased activity compared to a year ago, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. At the same time, metropolitan markets ranked 11 through 20 showed growth for nine of the ten markets, as smaller geographic areas are picking up the slack from the deceleration underway in those cities that have led the commercial and multifamily upturn over the past several years.