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Making Art During a Pandemic

Project Artaud, pronounced Ar-toe, is a live/work nonprofit that houses roughly 70 artists at 499 Alabama Street, in a building that spans an entire city block, from Mariposa to 17th, Alabama to Florida. Many of the residents are older than 65 – some in their 80s – elevating the need for adequate COVID-19-related health protocols. The… Keep Reading

District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton Leans into His Job

Immediately after being elected District 10 Supervisor in 2018, Shamann Walton got to work delivering on his campaign promises. In 2019, legislation Walton co-authored to close San Francisco’s aging juvenile hall by the end of 2021 was passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.  Walton secured a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) commitment to… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Park and Rec Hassles Kids Four San Francisco Park and Recreation staffers took the time to hassle a teenager, two adolescents, and two eight-year-olds for playing soccer at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center last month. The officials accused the group of not being a “coronavirus pod,” even though two were siblings, and all have been… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Your “Short Cuts” on the April Boosters Zoom meeting, in which Flower Market representatives presented plans for relocating to Potrero Hill, was inaccurate and misleading. It certainly didn’t portray the same meeting I and many of my neighbors participated in.  Contrary to your description, participants expressed overwhelming support for moving the Flower Market to… Keep Reading

16th Street Knits Neighborhoods

The stretch of 16th Street along Potrero Hill’s northern edge is being transformed from a desolate thoroughfare into a revitalized intertidal pool of three growing neighborhoods: South-of-Market to the north, the Hill to the south, and Mission Bay to the east.  Change was sparked by the 2015 opening of Potrero1010, a two-building, mixed-use complex at… Keep Reading

Despite Complaints Mission Bay Affordable Housing Complex Generally Well-Liked

Affordable housing complex, 626 Mission Bay Boulevard North, sports a gleaming S-shaped facade, the curves a counterpoint to the nearby Chase Center. With bright white shiny chrome stylings, the building matches with other structures sprouting up in newly upscale and futuristic-looking Mission Bay. Yet according to some reports, the polished exterior masks incompetent and mean-spirited… Keep Reading

The Power Station Moves to Construction Phase


Last spring, Mayor London Breed signed legislation approving construction of The Power Station, a 29-acre mixed-use complex located along 23rd Street. The development will have approximately 2,400 residences, six acres of publicly accessible parks and recreational areas, and 1.2 to 1.9 million square feet of office, lab, and retail space. It’ll also open access to… Keep Reading

Islais Creek Planning Process Continues at a Trickle


More than a year after planning efforts began, municipal officials and advocates have determined that the Islais Creek Adaption Strategy should include a comprehensive vision for how the watershed can best serve nearby residents, workers and businesses, as well as address ways to manage increasing flood risks. Bayview and the Southern Waterfront are especially vulnerable… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: Senior Spotlight

By Judy Goddess FOOD St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal ChurchSt. Gregory’s food bank is open Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. It serves 94107 and 94110 zip code residents, but identification isn’t required. The pantry also has a grocery delivery program for homebound seniors and people with disabilities. No pantry on July 4th; home deliveries… Keep Reading


Margel Foote KaufmanFebruary 8, 1941 to June 3, 2020 Margel Foote Kaufman, 79, a force of nature, natural leader and fierce advocate for truth and fairness, passed away peacefully in San Francisco on June 3. Originally from Butte Montana – the best place to grow up – she moved to San Francisco after college and… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Race

The road to racial equality will continue to be long and difficult. To get where most of us want to go we’ll need to learn how to (re)see things with fresh eyes, become much more mindful of our actions, and make considerable sacrifices. The alternative to taking this journey, though, is to live in an… Keep Reading

COVID-19 Rates Highest South-of-Market, Bayview

In May the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) released data that confirmed earlier results that the 94103-zip code, South-of-Market (SoMa), has the City’s greatest intensity of individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus, approximately 46 per 10,000 residents. The 94124-zip code, Bayview-Hunters Point, has the second highest concentration, approximately 41 per 10,000 residents… Keep Reading

Thank You!

The View is deeply grateful to all those who contributed to its May gofundme campaign.  Almost one hundred people collectively donated close to $9,000. These funds will serve as a bridge over present difficult waters, enabling the paper to continue to publish through its 50-year anniversary in August. Thank you! However, to reach long-term financial… Keep Reading

Port Preparing to (Finally) Open Crane Cove Park

Construction of Crane Cove Park began in 2019, following years of neighborhood advocacy. Now, after missing its targeted spring inaugural, the Port of San Francisco hopes to partially open an unfinished park by this fall.  Work at the site stopped in April, due to the City’s shelter-in-place order, resuming in May with a limited workforce.… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Generosity Pandemic

The Population Bomb, written by Stanford University Professor Paul R. Ehrlich and his wife, Anne Ehrlich, in 1968, predicted that overpopulation-induced global famines would boil up well before the end of the 20th Century.  At the time Earth had 3.5 billion inhabitants. Since then population has doubled, to 7.8 billion.  While there have been localized… Keep Reading

The Armchair Art Show


When the Bay Area shelter-in-place mandate went into effect in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, galleries in the DoReMi arts district shuttered. New exhibitions were postponed; current shows extended indefinitely. Galleries initially invited visitors to view exhibits by appointment, but most have since transitioned to online-only viewing spaces.  Online observation generally consists of… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Flowers At an April Potrero Boosters online video meeting the San Francisco Flower Mart design team presented its latest plans for 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street. According to Brian Liles, Jackson Liles Architecture principal, the existing water tower at the back of the site would be removed and a modular office constructed on… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – June 2020

Monday 6/1 through Tuesday 6/29Food: Online Cooking School at 18 ReasonsLearn basic knife skills, steaming fundamentals, and more. Mondays 6/1 through 6/29/2020Theater: Storytelling at The MarshMarshStream offers four live pieces on Zoom. Audience members get a chance to perform a short five- to ten-minute piece. 7 p.m. Free. More information. Thursdays 6/4 through 7/9 Education:… Keep Reading

Opening of Mission Bay School Delayed

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) staff have confirmed that pre-construction activity for a proposed Mission Bay elementary school will be deferred until 2022, with construction commencing the following spring. The campus’ estimated opening has been pushed from 2023 to 2025.  Lot 14, a 2.2-acre parcel along Owens Street just off the traffic circle at… Keep Reading

Poppy Path Planned for Potrero Hill

A group of Potrero Hill residents, with assistance from Hibiscus Studio, is creating a “Poppy Path” from Wisconsin and Coral streets to 23rd and Arkansas streets. The walkway will be lined with native plants – including poppies – as a means to create a beautiful and calming perambulation between Starr King Elementary School and the… Keep Reading

Merchants Struggle to Survive, Thrive, During Historic Challenge

A distillery switched from making spirits to hand sanitizer. A factory that normally manufactures messenger bags and backpacks is fabricating fabric face masks. The COVID-19 pandemic, and associated shelter-in-place (SIP) orders, have caused businesses deemed non-essential to radically alter their operations to stay open, forced others to temporarily close, and demonstrated the adaptability of production,… Keep Reading

NW Potrero Hill/Dogpatch Green Benefit District Elects New Board Members

During almost two months of sheltering-in-place parks and open spaces have become central to maintaining people’s health and sanity. Many of the largely community-created commons in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill are kept up, in part, by the NW Potrero Hill/Dogpatch Green Benefit District (GBD).    The GBD provides “…additional maintenance and capital improvements to parks,… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Pirate’s Cove

“During negative tides you can walk along the seashore all the way from Muir Beach to Pirate’s Cove,” the old-timer said. “I did it once with my dog, when he was a pup. Had to carry him over boulders the size of haystacks.” I was smitten. Pirate’s Cove is a small Marin County beach decorated… Keep Reading

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