Serving the Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Mission Bay, & SOMA neighborhoods since 1970

“Monster Homes” Pit Neighbors Against One Another

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… Keep Reading

One Block

ONE BLOCK highlights the people and places of a particular block.  Modest stipends are available to Dogpatch, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Showplace Square, and South-of-Market residents who’d like to profile their block; those interested should contact editor@potreroview.net. Eastside of Tennessee Street, from 22nd to the Tubbs Cordage Company building Jaclyne (Jacky) and Michael Recchiuti Jacky… Keep Reading

Playground Takes over Thick House

Thick House opened in 1996 in the Goodman 2 live-work building.  In the two decades since, the 78-seat, simple, unadorned performance space, owned by the nonprofit Art Space Development Corporation (ArtsDeco), has hosted a wide variety of productions by many diverse companies and independent artists. The alternative group Thick Description made its debut in 1999… Keep Reading

Despite Rapid Change, Love for Community Lingers

On a sunny day in Potrero Hill – a neighborhood with more than its share of sunshine in a more often foggy city – cafes and open spaces tend to be well-populated.  Crowds mill outside Plow; the ting! sound of bat on ball, and subsequent hoots and hollers of a softball game, can be heard… Keep Reading

The Changing Hill

I’ve been a Potrero Hill resident for eleven years. Before that, I lived near Glen Park, and before that in the Sunset, where my grandparents owned a house with a distant view of the ocean; most of the time we could only see fog. I’ve also lived in the Haight, Mission, and Portola. San Francisco… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Holiday Harp Concert with TriskelaPaper and Light Tinkering: Make electrical circuits on a piece of paper. Sign up by calling 415.355.2822 or stop by the branch. This is an adult program. Wednesday, March 9, 6 to 7 p.m. Chair Yoga with Connie Scott: Enjoy an energizing chair yoga class! No yoga experience… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Library Storytime: A Family Affair

A neighborhood mainstay for more than sixty years, the Potrero Branch Library has literally measured its popularity over the decades, celebrating its one millionth patron in January. One barometer of the branch’s enduring attractiveness is the heavily attended, bi-weekly storytime sessions that the library offers for free. Every Tuesday and Thursday youth services librarian Jenny… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles III

I had a morning call at a waterfront home in Tiburon.  There were six cars parked in the driveway.  Three were under covers – two vintage Ferraris and a BMW CSI – three were exposed: a Jaguar convertible, an older Mercedes and a tricked out bright yellow Jeep.  I was met by an attractive Middle… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

Through April 8 Community: Free Tax Prep The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, in partnership with the San Francisco Housing Corporation and the United Way of the Bay Area, will provide free tax filing services for households with income less than $54,000. Every Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., Nabe, 953 DeHaro Street.   Walk-in only. Information:… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Eight

“So, what have we here?” Pete exclaimed. Pete had encountered Justin, trailed by Nash, Stephanie, and Jordan, just inside The Connecticut Yankee’s short corridor entryway, next to a wooden shelving unit that held newspapers and flyers.  He bobbed his head, birdlike, as he blocked Justin from moving past him in the narrow passageway.  Justin bobbed… Keep Reading

Crime and Safety Report

More than 30 years have passed since photographer Barbara Martz was robbed, raped and knifed to death in her home near 25th and Texas streets.  In late-January a jury convicted a San Francisco man of her rape and murder for the second time. John Davis, 49, was found guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances,… Keep Reading

Chan and Zuckerberg SF General Hospital and Trauma Center to Open this Spring

Located at Potrero Hill’s western edge, San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) has long demonstrated its commitment to public health. With 70 percent of its patients un- or underinsured, SFGH tends to the poor, working families, undocumented immigrants, and the elderly, regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital’s new nine-story Acute Care and Trauma Center,… Keep Reading

UCSF to Develop Psychiatric Center in Dogpatch

Last month, University of California, San Francisco staff and almost one-dozen Dogpatch residents and property owners held tense discussions about the university’s proposed new psychiatric center, as well as plans to develop student housing.  Community members are unhappy with the psychiatric center’s proposed location, 2130 Third Street, which is now home to a building and… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Healthcare

My earliest memory of visiting a doctor was created when I was four years old.  I had a wart on my index finger, which made it hard to properly hold a pencil.  My dad drove me to a medical office, where an avuncular physician made a quick examination, left the room, and came back with… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Family House The Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House opens next month in Mission Bay.  For more than thirty years, Family House has served as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns.  The Family House is a… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I was surprised to see “The Debate Rages:  Are Turf Fields Safe?” in last month’s View.  The article is factually incorrect, as artificial turf isn’t being considered for the Potrero Hill Recreation Center renovation.  The $4 million project is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Bond.  The scope will likely include replacement… Keep Reading

No Pesticides Used in Potrero Parks, According to Environment Department

Last fall, glyphosate – commercially sold as Roundup or Aquamaster – the pesticide most commonly used by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD), was classified by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) as a known carcinogen.  Glyphosate is a herbicide used to kill unwanted plants, especially annual broadleaf weeds. CalEPA’s action didn’t go… Keep Reading

Invitae Corporation Comes to Potrero Hill

Invitae Corporation is moving into the former Jessica McClintock headquarters at 1400 16th Street, after signing a $7 million lease for the 103,000 square foot art deco building last September.  “Right now, the landlord’s renovating the building,” said Lee Bendekgey, Invitae’s chief financial officer. “We expect…move into around the middle of the year, in June… Keep Reading

Stop at Yield Wine Bar

Walking into Yield, located on Third Street, is like entering into a friend’s living room. It’s cozy and comfortable; a welcome change to the more modern design wine bars spilled throughout San Francisco. When it opened in 2006 Yield was ahead of its time, featuring wines cultivated using sustainable, organic and biodynamic practices.  In addition… Keep Reading

Merger Creates New Doctorate for American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Nothing’s and everything’s changed for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), located on Arkansas Street, following its merger with the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) last summer.  The merger created new academic and research opportunities for ACTCM and CIIS, according to ACTCM executive director Lixin Huang. Logistically speaking, 250 ACTCM students continue… Keep Reading

Families Not Planning for Costs of Longer Life Spans

Americans are living longer, healthier, lives, redefining the meaning of aging. Today’s “old” looks much differently than previous generations.  With extended lifespans, though, comes new challenges, which often require advance planning and tough conversations with family members. Given longer life expectancies and the concomitant possibility that protracted care will be needed, health care costs facing… Keep Reading

Top Five Things Families Should Know About Their Child’s Dental Health

When should a child first visit a dentist?  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends a first dental checkup six months after the initial tooth erupts, or by age one. The goal of the first appointment is to introduce the youngster to the dentist and help establish a positive foundation for future care. What… Keep Reading

Cohen Rumored to be Eyeing a Bid for San Francisco Treasurer

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… Keep Reading

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