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Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition Returns after Brief Hiatus

Amateur and professional artists alike will have a chance to showcase their work at the Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition hosted by the Potrero branch library. First launched in 1955, this year’s show will feature roughly 50 pieces from artists associated with the neighborhood through work, worship, residency, or education.  Each piece is no more… Keep Reading

Dogpatch, Potrero Hill Beset with Unmaintained Right-of-Ways, Known as “Unaccepted Streets”

Residents of southeastern neighborhoods are frustrated by chronic municipal neglect of unaccepted streets, public right-of-ways also known as “dirt” or “paper” roads. These pathways may be narrow, have rough surfaces, and lack sidewalks or curbs.  Unaccepted streets were created in the 19th Century when San Francisco was first occupied by European-Americans. Property owners would submit… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Lonely

“I’m bored,” my adolescent self would periodically announce to my mother, who’d generally respond by telling me to go play outside without lifting her eyes from whatever book she was reading.   What I really meant was, “I’m lonely.” Loneliness is a complicated feeling, the mole sauce of emotions; rich, dark, with many subtle flavors.… Keep Reading

Short Cuts: May 2023

Bus Fires A dozen “smallish” privately owned buses went up in flames last month beneath Interstate 280 in Dogpatch. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in just under an hour. No injuries were reported.  “They look like they are abandoned buses,” that were stored on 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Iowa Street, said San Francisco Fire… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor: May 2023

Editor, As a local resident, taxpaying homeowner and San Franciscan since 1998, I laud the improvement of our city parks, including Jackson, and our commitment to park improvements. However, I and many others find it fiscally outrageous and imprudent that we’d dedicate more than $40 million to the renovation of a single four-acre park and… Keep Reading

ACTCM Struggles to Do Right by Remaining Students


The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) was first established in 1980. In 2024 it’ll cease to exist. Acquired by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2015, the CIIS Board of Trustees decided to close ACTCM in 2021 following an external audit.  “The decision to close was multifaceted; finances, leadership, changes in… Keep Reading

Activist Works to Improve Dogpatch


Donovan Lacy has lived in lots of places. Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, he found Montreal too cold, Florida too warm.  San Francisco was just right.  He can’t imagine residing anywhere else. And he’s mystified by growing rhetoric about the City’s decline.  “From my perspective, our neighborhoods feel more vibrant than ever,” he remarked.  Lacy has… Keep Reading

The Oldest Homes on the Hill


According to the California Environmental Quality Act, buildings constructed more than 50 years ago that have architectural or historical significance may be considered potential historic resources. However, while many Potrero Hill homes were built more than a century ago, most haven’t been deemed sufficiently worthy of meriting extra protections. Just four Hill residences have been granted… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: May 2023

Now through 7/23 SundayArt: Ansel Adams in Our TimeFor many of us Ansel Adams’ photographs are as familiar as corporate logos. The first time we saw them they were stunning, capturing the contrasting beauty of earth and sky in Yosemite and other places the photographer helped make famous. After a while, the magic filmed over, made… Keep Reading

Roughly Half of Potrero Hill High School Students Graduate


Downtown High School’s four-year graduation rates compare favorably to the San Francisco Unified District’s (SFUSD) average rates for the 2021-2022 cohort, while San Francisco International High School’s fell short. However, San Francisco International High School’s grads received more recognitions related to multilingualism and command of multiple subject areas than Downtown High School. The schools are… Keep Reading

San Francisco Invests in Youth Psychiatric Services

Late last year, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) awarded a $33.7 million grant to the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to renovate space at The Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFGH) for new inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care facilities catering to pediatric patients up… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: San Francisco

Michael Moritz’s “Even Democrats Like Me Are Fed Up With San Francisco,” published in The New York Times, provoked the expected reactions from resident luminaries. Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi picked at the weak spots underlying Moritz’s proposed political remedies, like a doctor, who, after completing a patient’s annual checkup, shakes his head sadly.  Tim Redmond,… Keep Reading

Short Cuts: April 2023

Jackson Approved Last month the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved designs for a new playground, sports viewing areas, community learning gardens and an outdoor ball court at Jackson Park. The $40 million renovation of the 4.4-acre Potrero Hill commons also includes creation of a dog run; moving the clubhouse from the park’s southeast corner… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor: April 2023

Editor, Thank you for the crosswords occasionally published in The Potrero View.  They’re well designed.  I appreciate the local references in the clues. Those make the crosswords unique and makes me feel special as I get the references and solve them. Moreover, I enjoy the wittiness of some clues.  From November 2022, I still remember… Keep Reading

The Dogpatch Hub to Open this Year


Most any neighborhood would want a place like the Dogpatch Hub, “a communal space with no barriers to entry,” according to Friends of the Dogpatch Hub’s (FoDH) mission statement.  Yet the Hub has had to overcome multiple barriers over its six-year quest to become a reality. Calling it a “flex space” and “your community living… Keep Reading

The Dogpatch Hub to Open this Year


Most any neighborhood would want a place like the Dogpatch Hub, “a communal space with no barriers to entry,” according to Friends of the Dogpatch Hub’s (FoDH) mission statement.  Yet the Hub has had to overcome multiple barriers over its six-year quest to become a reality. Calling it a “flex space” and “your community living… Keep Reading

San Bruno Avenue Project Reconsidered as Affordable Housing

The proposed development of 1458 San Bruno Avenue has been paused while an undisclosed group in the Mission is determining whether they want to turn the project into a 100 percent affordable housing complex, according to the property’s chief spokesperson, Chris Goode. The Goode family has owned the property, located at the southern tip of… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: April 2023

4/1 SaturdayEducation: STEM Frenzy FestivalExplore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, math, and art. Enjoy 30+ engaging demonstrations and hands on activities at exhibitor booths hosted by local STEM professionals. Learn about Bay Area STEM programs. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way. For more information and to register. 4/1 Saturday… Keep Reading

Art History on 18th Street


Many Potrero Hill and Dogpatch apartment complexes are products of a 1990s building boom. Between 1988 and 2000, 3000 live-work lofts, intended to provide artists with housing and workspace, were built. However, the spaces were generally too expensive for the creative class, instead nicknamed ‘lawyer lofts’.   An exception is 1695 18th Street, an innovative… Keep Reading

Mission Bay Branch Issues Most Library Cards in San Francisco

Located near the corner of Fourth and Berry streets, Mission Bay library—which opened on July 8, 2006—is the San Francisco Public Library’s (SFPL) youngest branch. With almost 36,000 visits last year, it issues the most new library cards in the system, averaging about 300 passes a month, compared to roughly 50 at other branches. Patrons… Keep Reading

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