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Church Congregations Grow Alongside Population

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Some churches in the View’s readership area have reported recent growth in attendance and membership despite the City’s reputation for having a high percentage of religiously unaffiliated individuals. According to 2014 data from the Pew Research Center, 35 percent of San Franciscans are unaffiliated, compared to 23 percent nationally; 48 percent classify themselves as Christian,…

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Bars and Breweries Celebrate Anniversaries

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“The neighborhood is evolving quite a bit, and it’s nice to see some community-focused breweries in the area,” expressed Joanne Marino, executive director of the San Francisco Brewers Guild. The Guild, a nonprofit, was launched in 2004 to celebrate the craft of American beer and the City’s brewing heritage. It sponsors Drink SF Beer, a…

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Balancing Growth and Livability as Neighborhoods Change

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An influx of new inhabitants is altering Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and surrounding neighborhoods’ character, particularly from the perspective of longtime residents. There’s concern about an imbalance between intensifying land uses without additional amenities, such as sidewalks, greenery, grocery stores, public spaces, and transit.  “People are sort of shell-shocked,” commented Katherine Doumani, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association member.…

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Dogpatch Neighbors Eye Historic Building as Possible Community Center

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The Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) borrows space at the University of California, San Francisco, local bars, and other places to hold its meetings; the neighborhood lacks a multipurpose community center. Finding a building to house a potential Dogpatch “hub” has proven challenging for DNA member Katherine Doumani, who is spearheading the effort. Recently, Doumani identified…

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Comprehensive Pet Complex to Open in Potrero Hill

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Wagly – a year old startup co-founded by Shane Kelly – will open its newest facility at 1400 17th Street this summer. Starting from its flagship location in Bellevue, Washington, the company is launching outlets in Seattle, San Jose, and Orange County, in addition to San Francisco, offering daycare, grooming, boarding, and veterinary services all…

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Showplace Square Parking Gets Metered

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The blocks surrounding Showplace Square and the California College of the Arts (CCA) have been a longstanding parking haven for commuters, oversized vehicles, and residents. Over time regulations have tightened parking availability throughout Potrero Hill, increasing parking pressures from Division to 16th streets and east to Seventh Street.  Now, the San Francisco Mu-nicipal Transportation Agency…

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Parking Debate Continues in Dogpatch

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Dogpatch residents and nearby neighbors, as well as San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) representatives, crowded into Dogpatch Neighborhood Association’s April meeting to discuss proposed parking management strategies.  Many participants objected to SFMTA’s proposal to add meters and experiment with residential parking permits; a paid parking overlay program for several blocks in the area bounded…

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Animal Care and Control Eager for New Shelter

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San Francisco Animal Care and Control’s 1200 15th Street location was built in 1931 as a warehouse. In 1989, the City took six-months to renovate the building into an animal care facility. Since then, standards for treatment of animals have changed dramatically, and the structure is seismically unsafe, a major driving force behind plans for…

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San Francisco Schools Adapt to State Sex Education Law

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On January 1, 2016, The California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act went into effect. The Act is intended to equip students with information to protect their reproductive health, and foster healthy attitudes about puberty, sex, gender, and relationships. The law mandates that HIV/AIDS prevention be taught at least once in middle and once…

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Parking Changes Ahead for Third Street

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Third Street, from 20th to 24th streets, home to an eclectic collection of commercial spaces, retail outlets, residences, and public transit infrastructure, is facing increasing parking demands.  Situated in the characteristically industrial Dogpatch, the area surrounding Third Street is being transformed, as residential developments are steadily built.  With parking shortages citywide, Third Street businesses are…

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Southside SF Growth Continues with New Developments

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Development activity continues in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill, with the modern style and amenities associated with new residential projects steadily eroding the industrial vibe of yesteryear.  Adam Gould, Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association member, is hopeful about what’s ahead, “I’m generally excited about the growth of the neighborhood.  We are on the frontier of San Francisco…

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“Monster Homes” Pit Neighbors Against One Another

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With average square footage home prices hovering at $1,100 in Potrero Hill, property owners have a rich incentive to max-out expansions, extensions, and construction of new structures.  High demand and scarce supply of housing has led to the steady development of what some longtime Hill residents consider to be Monster Homes.  And while City ordinances…

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Cohen Rumored to be Eyeing a Bid for San Francisco Treasurer

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Malia Cohen, 38, was first elected to the District 10 Board of Supervisor’s seat in 2010.  She was reelected in 2014.  The district includes Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview-Hunters Point, and Visitacion Valley.  Cohen’ll be termed out in 2019, which has prompted speculation about what political position, if any, she’ll seek in the coming years, with…

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As the City Goes so Goes Potrero, Except for Mayor

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A slightly higher percentage of registered voters in Potrero Hill cast a ballot during last month’s election than did so citywide; 46 percent compared with 45 percent.  The modest participation suggests significant voter apathy, even in the face of what some called a referendum on San Francisco’s future.  With the exception of the mayor’s race,…

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