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Alliance Collaborates to Support Bayview-Hunters Point Residents

Every two months, an informal group of individuals, public servants, and community-based organization (CBO) representatives gather to discuss issues that impact Bayview-Hunters Point residents. The relationships developed through Bayview Alliance meetings helps participants address such challenges as fostering art, educational disparities, housing and food insecurity, economic and employment inequities, access to parks, environmental education, and… Keep Reading

Six Renovation Plans Floated for Esprit Park

Esprit Park will be renovated in the “second half of 2022,” closed to the public for “about a year” during construction, said San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s (Rec-Park) Alexis Ward at a December online community meeting, which drew 84 participants. The Department wants public input on which of six design options – ‘U’, ‘V’,… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: New Year 2040

Twenty years in the future, 2040.   “So, Grandpa, what was it like during the pandemonium?” “That’s pandemic, sweetie.” Robert squinted into the iAir; his eight-year old granddaughter’s face pixilated into a rectangle, then a triangle, until finally settling back into being recognizably Mona.  “How’re things on Mars?” “Good!  Wanna see?” the view into the… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Mission Bay School Designed  San Francisco Unified School District staff presented design details for the Mission Bay elementary school and Linked Learning Hub planned for Block 14 to the Mission Bay Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) at a virtual meeting in December. The design was enthusiastically received by CAC members, and prompted remarks that school construction… Keep Reading

Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Being Constructed at China Basin

Community Housing Partnerships (CHP) and Bridge Housing Corporation broke ground last fall at Mission Bay South Block 9, also known as 410 China Basin. The 92,000 square foot, four-story structure featuring 141 modular affordable rental studios for formerly homeless individuals, along with on-site supportive services, is expected to welcome inhabitants as early as January 2022.… Keep Reading

Fourth Street Bridge to Close to Northbound Traffic

As the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) prepares for the return of T-Third Street Muni Metro service, the agency plans to implement temporary emergency transit lanes in both directions over the Fourth Street Bridge this month. The idea, which drew a barrage of public comment from an estimated 60 attendees of a virtual community… Keep Reading

Manwaring Letters Erased, But Not Forgotten

The excavator’s articulated yellow boom-arm rose slowly, hoisting the six-foot tall letter ‘n’ off the flatbed trailer into the air, a thick strap shackled to a threaded steel eyelet. The hole had been bored into the top of the concrete letter more than 40 years ago; it could no longer bear its own weight for… Keep Reading

The de Young Revisited

The M.H. de Young Museum is likely to open to the public later this month, with a limited number of visitors able to tour the institution by purchasing tickets in advance for timed entry. In addition to the permanent collection, three special exhibitions are on view.  Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, originally slated for… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – January 2021

Virtual / AnytimeTravel: Train Rides Around the WorldJourney by train virtually on scenic rides through Asia, Europe, Peru, and the United States Virtual / AnytimeGames: Online Jigsaw PuzzlesFinished all the puzzles in the house? Visit to choose puzzles with from four to 300 pieces. Explore the site for the most played or most… Keep Reading

Robot Cars are Coming to Get You

In addition to hoverboards, unicycles, mopeds, and dog-pulled skateboards – as well as an occasional car or bike – San Franciscans will soon be sharing the roads with driverless robocars, zipping through traffic without the added weight of human passengers. Last October Cruise LLC received a permit to test up to five vehicles at a… Keep Reading

Mission Bay School Title Talks Stall Project

The site of the future Mission Bay School on Mission Bay South Block 14 is a quarter of an acre larger than indicated in the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan, which identifies “approximately” 2.2 acres for use as a public school. That .25-acre discrepancy is delaying transference of the 2.45-acre parcel from the University of… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Trapped

My wife, Debbie, and I were invited to a small dinner party last fall, to be held on an outdoor deck in the North Bay. Our host had assured us that he was COVID-compliant, but it turned out he was COVID casual, greeting us without a mask at his front door before ushering us to… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Please don’t make predictions. I picked up my copy of The Potrero View on Friday, November 6th, whereupon I was greeted by a clearly false first paragraph of a cover story, “You’re Fired!”  The Democratic Party did not sweep the election. At the time I read the article, the presidential election was still too close to call. But… Keep Reading

Potrero Annex-Terrace Redevelopment Continues


Last fall Bridge Housing released 2020 Rebuild Potrero Impact Report, which reviews progress redeveloping the Potrero Annex-Terrace housing complex on Potrero Hill’s southside. The “Rebuild Potrero” project was launched in 2008 by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and Bridge Housing Corporation, a nonprofit headquartered in San Francisco.  Bridge Housing operates twenty-one properties… Keep Reading

Southside Neighborhoods Deep Blue in November Election

Last month’s election attracted the highest participation level in three-quarters of a century, with 86 percent of those eligible voting, compared to 87 percent in 1944. While San Francisco was a sea of blue, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Mission Bay residents voted for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and approved City measures by especially wide… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – December 2020

Virtual — AlwaysTravel: Tour of the Great Barrier Reef with David AttenboroughAttenborough, who first visited the Great Barrier Reef more than 60 years ago, gives an introduction and narrates different videos. Free. Virtual and In-person — All MonthHolidays: Backstage Art AidWhile the nation waits for live performances to return, the stagehands of the International Alliance of… Keep Reading

Working Class Housing Emerges in Rwanda, Despite Pandemic

With roughly 13 million people, Rwanda has experienced just three COVID-19 deaths for every million persons, compared to 742 per million in the United States. The small East African country’s success in dampening novel coronavirus demise has principally been due to a compliant population’s willingness to submit to a comprehensive lockdown. Last April, at the… Keep Reading

Esprit Park Renovations Pushed to 2022, or Beyond

Esprit Park North Meadow. Photo: Luke Idziak

Plans to freshen up Esprit Park remain unsettled, with renovation unlikely to begin for at least another year. Enjoyed by people and dogs alike—as evidenced by the brown dirt patches and fenced off areas to allow grass to regrow— the almost two-acre green space in Dogpatch has been subject to competing visions over how it… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Master Story

Polling data suggests that the Democratic Party will sweep the election. Joe Biden will become the 46th American president, the U.S. Senate will tilt Blue by a couple of seats, and the U.S. House of Representatives will remain solidly Democratic,  though it’ll take time for all votes to be counted and legal skirmishes resolved.  … Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Slow Streets Phase III of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Slow Streets program launched last month, with the addition of Minnesota Street from Mariposa to 22nd Street, 20th Street from San Bruno to Pennsylvania, Arkansas from 23rd to 17th streets, and an extension of the Mariposa Slow Street from Texas to Mississippi. Enjoy! Food Union… Keep Reading

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