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Lost Photos & Movies of Potrero Hill

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The windows above Christopher’s Books at Missouri and 18th streets come alive from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 18. Family photographs taken between 1880 and 1960 appear from a selection of hundreds found recently in a Potrero Hill basement. Also shown is a 1932 film of a festive procession… Keep Reading

Permaculture Garden Flourished During COVID

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At least one corner of Potrero Hill blossomed during the pandemic: the permaculture agriculture plot at Rhode Island and 18th streets. Founded in 2008, the holistic garden had fallen into disorder. When shelter-in-place began, Travers Flynn, who lives across the street, saw an opportunity to put his surplus time and energy to use. “I was… Keep Reading

Moving to the Rhythm

KADIST, an arts organization founded in Paris, France, that promotes interdisciplinary work, is exhibiting Seeing Sound, a blend of sound and video art, at its 20th Street gallery. Curated by Barbara London, an advocate of sound art since the 1970s, the show debuts in San Francisco before travelling internationally. Three distinct modes of contemporary sound… Keep Reading

Effort Launched to Appoint, Rather than Elect, Board of Education

Three months ago, San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education member Alison Collins was stripped of her leadership position in a five to two vote amidst calls for her resignation after a series of tweets she wrote in 2016 were unearthed. Before that, the Board triggered a nationwide backlash for proposing to rename 44… Keep Reading

Planning Asks Amazon to Repackage Development Proposal

The San Francisco Planning Department issued a 55-page response in April that calls for changes to a proposal Amazon submitted to develop a last-mile parcel delivery facility in Showplace Square. The planned 900 Seventh Street facility would be three stories and 650,000 square feet,  according to the Preliminary Project Application (PPA) that Amazon submitted in… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Mural Fading Away

The once iconic Potrero Hill mural at the corner of 17th and Connecticut streets is steadily fading, the wall on which it is painted in disrepair.  “The cost to restore this mural would be at least $20,000, a number I estimated three years ago,” said Susan Cervantes, founder and director of Precita Eyes Muralists Association.… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Climate

The federal government has finally joined the State of California in a spirited effort to vastly reduce anthropogenic discharges that are fostering a hotter, drier, planet. The state and fed plan to forestall the worst effects of human-induced climate change by squeezing fossil fuels out of our electricity system within the next 15 years, deploying… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Shootings Two men were shot to death, a third critically injured, in separate Potrero Hill incidents last month. The first occurred near 25th and Connecticut streets. After a 10:08 a.m. report of a shooting, San Francisco Police Department officers found Darryl Haynes, 61, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transferred to a hospital, where… Keep Reading

Vermont Street Switches to Residential Parking Permits

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, commuters used to park on Vermont Street to avoid steep garage prices in Showplace Square and elsewhere nearby. Assuming these travelers ultimately return, residents will no longer have to compete with them for spots; the 500 block of Vermont Street now requires a parking permit for extended stays. Prior to the… Keep Reading

Proposed Teardown on Texas Street Draws Opposition

A proposal to demolish a Victorian and replace it with a larger modern home at 249 Texas Street has drawn the ire of neighbors. Kerry Shapiro and Joanne Siu purchased the Texas Street property in 2019 for $1.6 million. They’re planning to live in the newly customized home with their daughter and Siu’s 81-year-old mother.… Keep Reading

Radio Coyote Howls

Broadcasting through the end of the month, Radio Coyote features experimental music, archival recordings, interviews, and improvisational content. The standalone project, available at 88.1 FM or online at radiocoyote.org, is orchestrated by 2020-2021 Capp Street Artist-in-Residence Raven Chacon, a composer, performer, and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation in Arizona, under the sponsorship of… Keep Reading

Raymond Saunders Returns

Award-winning contemporary artist Raymond Saunders has chosen two San Francisco galleries as sites for his first solo exhibition in more than a decade. A major figure in contemporary art, Saunders graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in 1961, where he went on to teach, and has been… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: June 2021

In-personWednesday 6/2 through Monday 9/6Families: Free “SkyStar” Ferris Wheel Rides for Graduating SeniorsThe SkyStar Observation Wheel features 36 enclosed well-ventilated gondolas and views of Downtown to the Pacific Ocean. San Francisco Unified School District graduates who show their school identification at the ticket booth ride free. Regular admission: $18 + tax; 15 percent discount for… Keep Reading

Dogpatch and Potrero Hill Merchant Associations to Receive $100,000 to Support Small Businesses

Photos of business owners: Left: Amy and Chris Hillyard, co-owners of Farley’s Coffee, showcase goods from their café and products made by local artists. PHOTO: Courtesy of Farley’s Coffee; Top right: The founders of Noble & Co, a Potrero Hill-based business that makes scented soy wax candles. Left to right: Haley Kannall, Julie Noble, Alex Tamura. Inset: Will Noble. PHOTO: Courtesy of Noble & Co; Lower right: Ulrich “Ubi” Simpson, creative director of Mi Cocina, Inc., surrounded by items from his denim clothing line. PHOTO: Courtesy of Ulrich Conrad Simpson

Roughly $50,000 will be distributed to each of San Francisco’s 33 district merchant associations, including Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association (PDMA) and Dogpatch Business Association (DBA), as part of a $1.7 million donation from Chris Larsen, founder of the blockchain company Ripple. The funding is being provided through the Avenue Greenlight initiative, a partnership between the… Keep Reading

Mission Creek Park P3 Will Open this Fall

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Mission Creek Park P3 will transform a barren, nondescript strip of terrain into a lush, lively gateway to the Mission Bay South neighborhood. The new 1.65-acre park will serve to extend Mission Creek Park, located west of Fourth Street, and align it with China Basin Park, part of the Mission Rock development being constructed east… Keep Reading

Curbside Pickup Now Available at Potrero Branch Library

In 1879, San Francisco opened its first public library on the second floor of Pacific Hall on Bush Street, which moved to City Hall in 1888. In 1918, a library station opened in the Daniel Webster School near 20th and Connecticut streets. Over time, with multiple reconstructions and expansions, this became the light-filled, seed-lending, Potrero… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Three Monkeys

The monkeys popped into my head, as if they’d been waiting for the right moment to swing down from the tangled jungle of my subconscious. I’d last seen them many years ago; a row of thumb high wood carved chimpanzees that sat on my father’s desk. One held his hands over his eyes, another over… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Plastic Pooch Pollution San Francisco’s dog population seems to have exploded during the public health crisis; so too has the resulting stream of canine poop. The dominant way to dispose of this doo-doo is through the use of plastic bags, which’re no less environmentally damaging than plastic shopping sacks, cups, and straws. Long-time 20th Street… Keep Reading

Below-Market-Rate Condominiums to be Built in Mission Bay

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Condominiums offered at below-market-rates (BMR) to moderate-income buyers are being developed at 350 China Basin Street, where an eight-story building on Mission Bay South Block 9A (MB9A) is in the design process.  The edifice will ultimately feature 148 BMR condos available to first-time homebuyers who earn 80 to 110 percent of San Francisco’s Area Median… Keep Reading

Clayroom Molds its Future

Whenever Catherine Rathsam sinks her fingers into a ball of clay the monotony and stress of the pandemic momentarily dissolves, replaced by a calm focus familiar to creatives everywhere. Rathsam engages in her art at Clayroom SoMa, the latest addition to San Francisco’s growing roster of ceramic studios.  “It has been a lifesaver, because otherwise… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Paddle Club Wants to Land at Building 49

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During the public health crisis, long-time Dogpatch resident Adam Zolot rededicated himself to standup paddle boarding. Living across the street from the newly opened Crane Cove Park, he no longer had to lug his board to Pier 52, instead accessing the Central Waterfront with ease. Zolot saw the park as an opportunity to share his… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – May 2021

VirtualSaturday 5/1 through Sunday 5/9Literature: Bay Area Book FestivalFrom a civil rights activist who wrote what Van Jones called “the book we have been waiting for,” to a Nobel laureate known as “an artist without ego,” there’s something for every reader. $15 to $120. Youth events: free with registration. For more information. VirtualFriday 5/7 through… Keep Reading

Artist Anahid Aslanyan Makes Magic

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Potrero Hill artist, Anahid Aslanyan, described her style as “modern mysticism, art that comes from the spirit and explores the dream universe of the soul…intuitive, a magical process translating my emotional truths into color and form.”  Aslanyan works with acrylics, aqua oils, mixed media, collage, and found objects. Nature often inspires her, with music and… Keep Reading

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