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American Patriot On a lovely summer day last month, Farley’s was packed with caffeinated conversationalists and computer-focused singles, spilling onto the outside parklet. Suddenly, a voice bellowed, “Go back to where you’re from! You’re ruining our country!” A White guy sporting shades, a straw hat, and accompanying white mustache and soul patch started loudly haranguing… Keep Reading

San Francisco to Take Its Time Getting to Zero Waste

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… Keep Reading

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… Keep Reading

Umi: Fresh Fish with No Frills

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I moved to Dogpatch about eight years ago and hated it.  It seemed far away from my previous Downtown home.  I was used to rolling out of bed and having everything I needed within walking distance.  Food is my raison d’être; my biggest worry was finding new restaurants.   I went on a date at a… Keep Reading

Health Disparities Plague San Francisco

Well-being in San Francisco is all too often tied to race and income, according to the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a report produced every three years with input from hospitals, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and an assortment of health and human services providers. The 2019 CHNA identifies a number of healthy… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – September 2019

Now through 9/22 Sunday (select dates)Theater: San Francisco Shakespeare FestivalShakespeare in the Park returns with a production of As You Like It. Performances at Main Post Lawn in the Presidio, Montgomery Street and Lincoln Boulevard; and at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, 40 John F. Shelley Drive. Free. For complete listing of show… Keep Reading

Good-Bye Memories

I breathe in one of the last few breaths I will ever take from this house again. Piles of what to keep and what should go litter the floor along with photos, memories. Playing in the garden of who I think is my great aunt. Swaying back and forth on a swing, that will pinch… Keep Reading

Nonprofits Aid Southside’s Homeless Youth and Families

Southside nonprofit organizations are engaging in diverse efforts to help and house the area’s homeless population, especially youth and families. Their work includes assessing families for placement in permanent housing, distributing food, and working with landlords to accept homeless families as tenants. Catholic Charities, Homeless Prenatal Program, Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank,… Keep Reading

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Industrial Plant Potrero Hill’s northern neighbor, the Design District, is host to both an increasing concentration of high-end condominiums and specialized manufacturing. Not long ago, Tempo Automation opened on Alabama Street, producing prototype circuit boards.  The future is unfolding right before our eyes. Blink once, and family-owned pharmacies and soda fountains are gone; blink twice,… Keep Reading

Chef Heena Patel Embodies “Besharam” With Restaurant Relaunch

Opening her own brick and mortar restaurant wasn’t something Chef Heena Patel was looking to do at nearly 54 years old. Yet earlier this summer that’s precisely what she did, with the relaunch of Besharam, an Urdu word that means “shameless,” at the Minnesota Street Project. Besharam is often used in South Asian culture as… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – August

Now through 8/25 SundayTheater: Innovators ShowcaseThe inaugural Innovators Showcase features 25 performances and staged readings of creative new theatre by the 2019 class of PlayGround’s Innovator Incubator. Production tickets are $26.50 to $41.50; work-in-progress presentations are free/suggested donation Potrero Stage members receive half-off all tickets. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. For more information or to… Keep Reading

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The View turns 49 years old this month. It’s an astonishing accomplishment: almost 600 issues produced, perhaps 15,000 pages, by an un- or poorly paid crew dedicated to civic journalism. By all accounts the monthly is a beloved community institution, a colorful, informative, thread in the fabric of our neighborhoods. It’s a place – now… Keep Reading

Supervisor Walton Has His Hands Full with District 10 Challenges

District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton was quick to deliver on at least one campaign promise after he took office last January, announcing in his first week that switchbacks on the T Third Street Muni Metro line would be eliminated. Mayor London Breed helped Walton secure the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority’s promise to end the… Keep Reading

Associate Capital Offers Historic Preservation Alternatives to Development Plan

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Associate Capital presented alternative Potrero Power Plant development designs to the San Francisco Planning Commission last spring, which included restoring the 300-foot concrete smokestack and adjacent 131-foot Unit 3 control room, as well as preserving elements of Station A. Claus Spreckels, who founded the company that became the Western Sugar Refinery, built Station A in… Keep Reading

Bayview Company Looking to Field Robots in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill

By J. Eric Miller Robots have walked, well, rolled, the streets of 21st Century San Francisco, but whether they’ll do so in the future is uncertain. Led by District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation last year that restricts the use of delivery robots. Initially calling for an outright… Keep Reading

Aging

“It went by so fast,” my 80-something father exclaimed, when I told him my daughter would be attending college in the fall. “Yeah,” I said. “I know.” In a year and a quarter, I’ll turn 60, an unimaginable age to my younger self. Sixty was when people started preparing for retirement, purchasing the necessary plaid… Keep Reading

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Bagels and Cream Daily Driver, a café, creamery and bagel bakery, opened last month in a 7,000-square-foot, two story, space in Dogpatch’s American Industrial Center. One of the owners, David Kreitz, developed the bagel recipe, which apparently is not quite Montreal nor New York style, but an excellent vehicle for the establishment’s cream cheese and… Keep Reading

Potrero Bus Yard May be Next Stop for Housing

In the face of sky-high construction costs and ongoing housing shortages, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) wants to partner with a private developer to build upwards of 800 homes at its Potrero Yard when the bus facility is reconstructed over the next ten years. The 104-year old facility, which spans a 4.4-acre block… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – July 2019

Now through 9/2 MondayArt: San Francisco Museums for AllUnder the San Francisco Museums for All initiative, free entry is available to more than 15 museums and cultural centers to residents who participate in Human Services Agency public benefit programs. Simply show your Electronic Benefit Transfer or Medi-Cal card and proof of residency at a participating location… Keep Reading

Potrero Terrace Housing Complex Rebuilt

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After years of political promises, 53 Potrero Terrace households moved into brand new apartments last month at recently constructed 1101 Connecticut Street. Once dubbed Project X, the building reflects completion of the initial phase of a plan to fully redevelop the Annex-Terrace complex into mixed income housing by 2029. Johnnie Ledbetter was the first resident… Keep Reading

Caleb G. Clark Potrero Hill Health Center Cares for the Community

From its perch at 1050 Wisconsin Street the Caleb G. Clark Potrero Hill Health Center (PHHC) serves a wide range of City residents, including long-standing Hill patients, municipal employees, and new clients from the Excelsior and Tenderloin. “This health care center stands out because patients feel like they’re coming home. Many patients at the center… Keep Reading

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