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My Gym’s Dogpatch Location Shuts Down


My Gym’s Dogpatch location, which offered fitness classes for children from six months to six years-old, permanently closed at the end of last year.  Part of a franchise that has more than 600 locations worldwide, it’d operated at 901 Minnesota Street since 2004.  Owner Marci Briskin said her own children, Amanda and Jonah Briskin, were… Keep Reading

Decathlon Opens Outlet at the Potrero Center


Decathlon, one of the world’s largest sporting goods retailers, opened an outlet at Potrero Center last fall.  It’s the French merchants’ third Bay Area location, joining a large Emeryville store and a small space at 735 Market Street.   The 40-year-old company fancies itself as the Trader Joe’s of sporting goods, integrating in-house design, production… Keep Reading

San Francisco Flower Mart May be Planted Southside

Proposals to relocate the 115,000 square foot San Francisco Flower Mart to 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street, known as the “Corovan” site, or to Indiana Street between Cesar Chavez Street and Islais Creek, appear to be gaining traction, while efforts to repot the blossom businesses at the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, in… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Affordability Trap

My wife, Debbie, and I often marvel at the steady stream of airline mileage points we collect just because we purchase items through our credit cards.  The freebie enables us to periodically fly to Michigan to visit Debbie’s family at little or no cost. It’s a regular reminder of the adage “the rich get richer.” … Keep Reading

San Francisco’s Only Scuba Diving Shop to Relocate

Al Giddings first opened Bamboo Reef, a scuba diving shop located at Fourth and Brannan streets, in 1961. Ten years later Sal Zammitti bought the store. In 2016 father and son duo, Mark and Brian Stanley, purchased the shop, which also has an outlet in Monterey.  “I have to tip my hat to Sal for… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – January 2020

1/4/20 Saturday through 1/19/20 SundayFamily: Complimentary Ice Skating LessonsLearn from professional skate instructors, offered to those over three years-old, skate rental included. Reservations required, available one week in advance. Limited to 50 people per session. Free. 8:30 a.m., weekends through January 19. Union Square Ice Rink, Geary and Powell streets. For more information and to reserve… Keep Reading

Not a Canine, Though Perhaps a Patch, Definitely a Neighborhood


Dogpatch, once thought of as Potrero Hill’s ugly stepsister, not long ago emerged as San Francisco’s up-and-coming neighborhood. The area is in the midst of a growth spurt the likes of which it’s never before seen in its one hundred-plus year history.  Cranes dominate the landscape, multi-unit buildings sprout from long-empty lots and cinderblock warehouses,… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I live at 19th and Mississippi streets.  Ganim’s is at 18th and Mississippi. Don’t let Damon Guthrie write any other comic strips without proofreading them. In the December issue strip he stated twice that it’s on Mission Street. That’s not a typo, it’s just a dumb mistake. Josephine Firth19th Street Editor, Thank you for… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Murder One woman is dead, another in custody, after a stabbing last month that occurred on the 1400 block of Kansas Street, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The victim, identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner as Latanette McDaniel, 35, was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Officers arrested Vernisha… Keep Reading

New School Elementary Expansion Stymied, Future in Jeopardy

Earlier this fall, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously denied the New School of San Francisco’s charter school re-authorization request. Launched on Potrero Hill in 2015, currently serving kindergarten through fifth graders, New School had applied to expand to the eighth grade. The Board rejected that appeal and refused to reauthorize the school’s existing… Keep Reading

Townsend Street Being Modified as Traffic-Related Deaths Rise in San Francisco

Townsend Street from Third to Eighth streets – an area encompassing the Fourth Street Caltrain depot – is being significantly renovated to improve safety and transit speed, with the installation of Muni bus loading zones, protected bikeways, and an 1,000-foot-long raised sidewalk where no safe footpath had previously existed.  The Townsend Street Corridor Improvement Project… Keep Reading

City Eyes Corovan Site for Flower Mart

For years Walden Development has worked to develop 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street, known as the “Corovan” site. In 2013 the developer proposed to build housing and Kaiser Permanente medical offices at the site, an idea that was fiercely rejected by nearby residents.  A subsequent plan to construct roughly 400 housing units and… Keep Reading

Letter to the Editor

Editor, I was saddened to read in the November View of the passing of my dear friend and real estate agent extraordinaire, Linda Clark.   I chose Linda to sell/buy two properties on Potrero Hill.  At the time the Hill wasn’t a choice place to live.  There were two huge water tanks on the Southside,… Keep Reading

Mobility Challenges Are Degrading San Francisco

I’ve come to terms with the loss of Dr. Video and The Daily Scoop, 18th Street stalwarts of yesteryear. But the way San Francisco has changed more recently reveals a shift in the City’s nature, who it’s made for and how it’s being experienced.  I lived on Vermont Street my whole life. When I became… Keep Reading

Proposed San Bruno Avenue Development Draws Opposition


A family that’s owned land for four generations at the southern tip of San Bruno Avenue wants to build a seven-story housing development utilizing the state Density Bonus Law to gain exemption from City height limitations. Early indications are that neighborhood opposition to the project will be fierce. San Francisco’s zoning restricts structure heights on… Keep Reading

Pera Celebrates A Decade of Dishes


Pera, a Mediterranean restaurant, is celebrating ten years on 18th Street.  Irfan Yalcin and his younger brother, Metin, have been ‘serving the Hill with love since 2009.’ To celebrate the milestone, last month the restaurant expanded from offering wine and beer to purveying an extensive array of beverages.   Yalcin recently acquired a full liquor… Keep Reading

Cannabis Retailer Coming to Dogpatch


A cannabis retailer plans to open at 667 Mississippi Street by next spring. Stay Gold is owned by Nguey Lay, Angel Davis, and Mike Hall, all of whom “have deep roots in San Francisco going back generations” according to Lay. Walton Chang, Lay’s uncle – who for several years provided delivery services to the View… Keep Reading

New Mural Installed Adjacent to Starr King Open Space


Starr King Open Space, a neighborhood park located at 1215 Carolina Street with sweeping vistas, has a new addition to the view.  The majestic sights from the public space haven’t been altered due to real estate development, but by the addition of a new mural, intended to reflect and extend the beauty of the natural… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – December 2019

12/5 Thursday – Food: Butter Paddling ClassMake butter and learn about regenerative farming practices.  Comes with three different mini-compound butters, gift ribbons available; light appetizers, cheeses; two drinks, wine and beer; hands-on butter paddling lesson from Daily Driver’s head dairy maker; in-depth education about Daily Driver’s dairy, practices, and philosophy; and recipe cards. $110. 6:30… Keep Reading

How does your America compare to the one you’ve been promised by the founding fathers?


That’s the question that Ms. Zeynep’s eleventh grade students at San Francisco International High School sought to answer through poetry, as part of a project with 826 Valencia. 826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills. 826 staff lead trained volunteer… Keep Reading

Meters Coming to 18th Street Commercial Strip


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will install parking meters along both sides of 18th Street between Connecticut and Texas streets by the end of the year. The meters will operate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with four-hour time limits, charging $1.50 for sixty minutes.   Residents and businesses located along the 18th Street business… Keep Reading

Mission Bay Businesses Begin to Blossom

For a timeless moment, the retail economy along Fourth Street from Channel Street to Mission Bay Boulevard North limped along. Early arrivals to Mission Bay kept waiting for a “critical mass” of residential and commercial complexes to be built to trigger a deluge of neighborhood-serving merchants. If the grand openings taking place along the corridor… Keep Reading

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