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Pera Celebrates A Decade of Dishes

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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…

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New Mural Installed Adjacent to Starr King Open Space

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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…

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Study Examines Possible Improvements to Mission Bay, Showplace Square, and South-of-Market

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The San Francisco Planning Department is studying how best to redesign roads, public transit and open space in ways that smooth connections between Showplace Square, Western and Central South-of-Market, and Mission Bay.  The Showplace/SoMa Neighborhood Analysis and Coordination Study (SNACS) will also identify possible sites for additional market-rate and affordable housing, and evaluate demand for…

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Raven or Crow?

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A black bird is loudly, rapidly, caw-cawing in the tree outside your window.  Others are flying in groups riding the air currents.  Numerous black birds are eating on the ground.  Are they Ravens or Crows?  Sometimes they’re both or neither. Ravens and Crows, which are abundant throughout the Bay Area, are scavengers, part of the…

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Potrero Hill Recreation Center Basketball and Tennis Courts Up Their Games

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In August, San Francisco Recreation and Parks completed extensive renovations to the Potrero Hill Recreation Center’s basketball and tennis courts, resurfacing roughly 7,100 square feet of space. New basketball backboards and hoops were mounted, with fresh fencing around the tennis courts.  “We installed new tennis nets and new black-painted posts in the tennis courts as…

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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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