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City Grapples with Rising Homelessness

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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…

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San Francisco to Take Its Time Getting to Zero Waste

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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…

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Pianist Katrina Krimsky Makes the Hill Home

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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…

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Efforts Continue to Improve Mission Bay Mobility in the Face of New Demands

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More than 18,000 fans will attend each of ten concerts taking place in September at Chase Center, the gleaming new sports and entertainment complex located near the Bay’s edge. Given limited parking, City officials hope that patrons streaming in from around the San Francisco Bay Area will mostly rely on public transportation to get to…

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Community Advocates Unhappy About Embarcadero Navigation Center Planning Process

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In April, the Port of San Francisco unanimously approved Mayor London Breed’s proposal to build a temporary 200-bed Shelter Access for Everyone (SAFE) Navigation Center at Seawall Lot 330, despite a request from the Central Waterfront Advisory Group to postpone the vote. The Embarcadero facility is a step towards fulfilling Breed’s promise to add 1,000…

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Stop Crime SF Keeps its Eyes on Courts

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Under its Court Watch program Stop Crime SF (SCSF) fields volunteers to attend burglary trials to support victims and demonstrate to judges and prosecutors that residents are concerned about wrongdoings, with the goal of making them less inclined to drop charges or reduce sentences. It also maintains a blog that advocates for more stringent approaches…

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Joan Jeanrenaud, Cellist, Composer

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Former Rhode Island Street resident, Joan Jeanrenaud, fondly remembers her days practicing and recording cello in what she called the “Darth Vader” house. “It was an all-black house covered with black asphalt shingles…a black metal fireplace exposed in the front…two studios in the back. I rehearsed there for hours,” said Jeanrenaud. Jeanrenaud, who lived in…

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Jon Greenberg, Recreation Center Father Figure for More Than 50 Years

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For more than a half-century, Jon Greenberg, former Potrero Hill Recreation Center recreation director, has helped children, teenagers, and young adults grow. “Working on the Hill became a joyful experience in my life. I started in 1966 and it became something I wrapped my life around. Leading sports, activities, and the Center gave me self-worth…allowed…

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Mission Bay Settles

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The sidewalk in front of the Strata at Mission Bay has dropped roughly six inches below the base of the mixed-use, market rate apartment building since it was erected in 2009. Work to repair the damage at 1201 Fourth Street was initiated last spring; a new sidewalk is being installed along the entire block. During…

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Hill Entrepreneur Offers Convenient Custom-Fit Clothes

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Potrero Hill entrepreneur, Meghan Litchfield, launched RedThread, a women’s apparel company, last October. Seven months into the startup’s debut, the business, which offers four different personally-sized garments, is steadily growing, based entirely on word of mouth and free media. Many initial customers who tried RedThread’s individualized clothes prior to its rollout are Litchfield’s neighbors. RedThread’s…

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Potrero Hill Researcher Studies Boys

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Author, lecturer with Stanford University’s Program in Human Biology, and longtime Arkansas Street resident, Judy Chu, is a great source of advice on how to raise boys. Chu has been teaching a course, Boys’ Psychosocial Development, at Stanford since 2003. When not teaching, she sometimes speaks to audiences of parents, educators, practitioners, and students.  …

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The Potrero Branch Library Offers More Than Books

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Located at 1616 20th street, the Potrero Branch library offers books, films, and music – digital and compact discs – suitable for all ages and sweeping views of San Francisco.  The facility also serves as a public commons, hosting events, classes, and access to free or low-cost museum passes. “The library stands out as a…

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Potrero Hill Schools Engage Their Community

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Last month, Starr King and Daniel Webster elementary schools, The New School San Francisco, and Live Oak School collaborated with PREFund, a nonprofit that encourages Potrero Hill families from a diversity of incomes to raise their children in the community, to produce Maker Fest, one of a number of individual and collective school events held…

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Musician Daniel Berkman Brings a Taste of West Africa to Potrero Hill

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Potrero Hill resident and musician, Daniel Berkman, composes rhythmic, resonant songs for a multitude of instruments, which he regularly performs at Farley’s. His primary instrument is the kora, a 21-stringed West African harp-lute the size of a cello. Berkman also plays guitar, keyboards and synthesizers, string instruments – cello, viola da gamba, and ukulele –…

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DoReMi is the Sound of Art in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill

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It’s a Saturday afternoon in late February. Art lovers and creatives are arriving for a pair of exhibit openings in the adjacent art galleries of Catharine Clark and Brian Gross, at 248 Utah Street. The spacious rooms rapidly fill with perhaps 100 guests sipping wine and conversing in small groups that mix, disperse and regroup.…

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Other Neighborhoods Less Enthusiastic About Adopting Green Benefit District Model

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Since 2016, the Dogpatch/Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District (GBD), the City’s only GBD, has focused its efforts on greening streets and improving common spaces.  During that same three-year period residents of other neighborhoods – Mission Dolores, Buena Vista, and the Inner Sunset – have engaged in heated debates about whether to establish a GBD…

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826 Valencia to Open in Mission Bay

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The newest arrival to Mission Bay is 826 Valencia, a nonprofit that works with under-resourced children and youth, ages eight to 18. The organization opened its 1310 Fourth Street location last month. It offers a three-part program:  homework help, writing projects and reading support. Sessions are three hours long, from 2:45 to 6 p.m., Monday through…

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