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Last Philosopher in San Francisco

People are being swept out of San Francisco, washed away by pulsating torrents of tech cash.  Children, always in short-supply in this Peter Pan playground, are being replaced by a rising population of designer dogs, who soon enough will have their own dedicated restaurant, probably called “Doggy Diner.”  African Americans, making their last stand at… Keep Reading

Faces of Affordable Housing

Denise Smith and her youngest son, Roland Byrd, Jr., 23, moved into 626 Mission Bay Boulevard in 2018. They’re the first family to occupy a two-bedroom, one-bath townhome in the 100 percent below-market-rate (BMR) rental building, which opened last fall under Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) management.  Smith was born in San Francisco in 1956.… Keep Reading

Schools Ditch Sporks, Slowly Discard Plastic-Wrapped Meals

Although Styrofoam trays and plastic straws have been banished from its cafeterias, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) still relies on individually packaged meals and disposable utensils for the bulk of the 6.8 million meals it serves annually.   According to SFUSD estimates, the school system generates some 6.3 million gallons of landfill-bound trash,… Keep Reading

Letter to the Editor

Editor, It saddens me to think of your presses stopping. I really look forward to reading the View each month. The View helps keep me current and updated on what’s happening in our hood.  I do hope you go on for another 50 years. Chris PuccinelliTexas Street Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Keep the Presses Rolling!

More than one-dozen households have responded so far to the View’s call for up to 2,000 readers to subscribe at $5 to $10 a month; less than the cost of two cups of coffee.  These generous community members will both receive the paper in their post and ensure its availability to others. Please consider doing… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Shots A 27-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries last month when he and another male were shot while walking in the area of 17th and Mississippi streets at around 10:45 p.m. on a weekday. The younger fellow was taken to a hospital; the older bloke was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No suspects have been identified…In another… Keep Reading

City Grapples with Rising Homelessness

This year’s Point-In-Time (PIT) census identified 8,011 individuals without permanent shelter in San Francisco, a 17 percent jump from the 2017 PIT, the last time the survey was conducted. The 2019 PIT count found 1,889 people experiencing homelessness in District 10, the City’s second highest level of rootlessness, after District 6.  Just 455 shelter beds… Keep Reading

Goat Hill’s Goat Hoofprints Saved

A long-time Goat Hill Pizza employee recently saved the restaurant’s iconic goat hoofprints from destruction.   In early August, a San Francisco Department of Public Works crew began jackhammering the sidewalk outside Goat Hill Pizza on 18th and Connecticut streets to prepare to put in a new path. Embedded in the walkway were goat hoofprints… Keep Reading

Artwork Resurfaces in Bayview

Bayview community members hooked a fish too big to throw back.  “The Red Fish” was installed in Bayview Gateway Park, located at Third Street and Cargo Way, from 2007 to 2014.  The sculpture was removed to make room for the Blue Greenway Project, a 13-mile landscape expansion sponsored by the Port of San Francisco, which… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – October 2019

Now through 10/6 Sunday — Art: Outdoor Public Art Roller RinkAn art installation that can be experienced, with performances and DJ sets. Free. $5 for rental skates. Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Blvd. For more information and to reserve skates. 10/2 Wednesday — Music: Stolie Live music by Stolie, a songwriter, musical… Keep Reading

Accessory Dwelling Units Being Steadily Built Throughout the City

In July, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation establishing a one-year pilot program in which Department of Building Inspection (DBI) fees will be waived for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and 100 percent affordable housing projects. Under the legislation, co-sponsored by District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar and District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown, charges… Keep Reading

Neighborhood Opposition Prompts Recology to Downsize Development Proposal


Following a June community gathering to update neighbors, Recology submitted a project application to the San Francisco Planning Department to develop its 900 Seventh Street truckyard as a Special Use District (SUD) that’d mix commercial and industrial space with housing. Modified from a preliminary scheme the employee-owned waste management company submitted to the Planning Department… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Keep the Presses Rolling!

Last month’s front-page editorial announced that the View would fold on its 50th anniversary, August 2020, unless new revenues sources can be secured. Readers responded with a plethora of ideas, and not a small amount of money, including contributions that ranged from $50 to $500.   One thought, if acted upon, would ensure the paper’s… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

American Patriot On a lovely summer day last month, Farley’s was packed with caffeinated conversationalists and computer-focused singles, spilling onto the outside parklet. Suddenly, a voice bellowed, “Go back to where you’re from! You’re ruining our country!” A White guy sporting shades, a straw hat, and accompanying white mustache and soul patch started loudly haranguing… Keep Reading

San Francisco to Take Its Time Getting to Zero Waste

After a 2017 announcement by the Chinese government that it’d no longer accept shipments of recycled materials from foreign countries that contain more than one percent impurities, the world lost its largest market for recycled paper and plastic, driving prices down and turning trash back into garbage.  Some cities, like Philadelphia and Memphis, have reduced… Keep Reading

Pianist Katrina Krimsky Makes the Hill Home


Texas Street resident, Katrina Krimsky, is a pianist who has engaged in San Francisco’s classical, jazz, and experimental music scenes for decades. Today, Krimsky can often be found practicing and composing at home on her grand piano, occasionally inviting fellow musicians to jam with her. “The neighborhood knows me pretty well because I’m always walking… Keep Reading

Umi: Fresh Fish with No Frills


I moved to Dogpatch about eight years ago and hated it.  It seemed far away from my previous Downtown home.  I was used to rolling out of bed and having everything I needed within walking distance.  Food is my raison d’être; my biggest worry was finding new restaurants.   I went on a date at a… Keep Reading

Health Disparities Plague San Francisco

Well-being in San Francisco is all too often tied to race and income, according to the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a report produced every three years with input from hospitals, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and an assortment of health and human services providers. The 2019 CHNA identifies a number of healthy… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – September 2019

Now through 9/22 Sunday (select dates)Theater: San Francisco Shakespeare FestivalShakespeare in the Park returns with a production of As You Like It. Performances at Main Post Lawn in the Presidio, Montgomery Street and Lincoln Boulevard; and at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, 40 John F. Shelley Drive. Free. For complete listing of show… Keep Reading

Good-Bye Memories

I breathe in one of the last few breaths I will ever take from this house again. Piles of what to keep and what should go litter the floor along with photos, memories. Playing in the garden of who I think is my great aunt. Swaying back and forth on a swing, that will pinch… Keep Reading

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