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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

Publisher’s View: Nashville

Over the years I’ve learned that how I experience a place or activity is greatly influenced by what I bring to it.  This was certainly the case on a recent trip my wife, Debbie, and I took to Nashville after dropping off our only child, Sara, at the University of Puget Sound to start her… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Thank you for your excellent newspaper!  I pick it up every month at The Good Life Grocery on 20th Street or at the Potrero Hill Library when I come, as I often do, to be with my family, including grandchildren, who live on the Hill! Please keep publishing the View! Susan LucasInner Sunset Editor,… Keep Reading

Policing of Public Drug Use Challenging

Assembly Bill 362 – which’d allow San Francisco to operate a trial facility in which drug users can inject themselves – was reintroduced in the State Legislature last February by State Senator Scott Wiener and Assembly-member Susan Eggman after being vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018.  The measure is a response, in part, to… Keep Reading

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


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… Keep Reading

Raven or Crow?

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… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Recreation Center Basketball and Tennis Courts Up Their Games


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… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: November 2019

11/2 Saturday – Dia de Los Muertos: Festival of AltersMarigold Project presents the 26th Annual Festival of Alters. The making and viewing of traditional, contemporary, and experimental altars is a transformative experience that connects us to our ancestors. Bring flowers, eight-inch glass prayer candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to the community altars.… Keep Reading

Obituary: Linda Clark

July 13, 1941 – October 11, 2019 Linda Clark, known to many as the “land shark” of San Francisco, passed away on October 11, 2019, in Walnut Creek, California. She was 78. In her final days she was surrounded by family and friends, toasting life with a glass of Chardonnay and her signature shock of… Keep Reading

Last Philosopher in San Francisco

People are being swept out of San Francisco, washed away by pulsating torrents of tech cash.  Children, always in short-supply in this Peter Pan playground, are being replaced by a rising population of designer dogs, who soon enough will have their own dedicated restaurant, probably called “Doggy Diner.”  African Americans, making their last stand at… Keep Reading

Faces of Affordable Housing

Denise Smith and her youngest son, Roland Byrd, Jr., 23, moved into 626 Mission Bay Boulevard in 2018. They’re the first family to occupy a two-bedroom, one-bath townhome in the 100 percent below-market-rate (BMR) rental building, which opened last fall under Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) management.  Smith was born in San Francisco in 1956.… Keep Reading

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