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Community Calendar

9/2/16 – Architecture & the City Festival Kickoff Party Join AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design to celebrate the opening of the Architecture and the City festival and the individuals and organizations that make this month of learning and exploration possible.  Drink, nibble, and network for  an inspiring night with festival partners, sponsors… Keep Reading

Plans to Improve Esprit Park in the Works

Recent improvements to paths at Esprit Park are just the beginning of possible changes to Dogatch’s oldest and largest green space. As part of the Dogpatch Public Realm Plan, launched in 2015, the San Francisco Planning Department has been soliciting comments for a possible re-design of the park, which borders 19th and 20th streets at… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Fourteen

“Man,” said Chester, as he entered the nursery.  “Huge snow storm last night.” “How many did they get this time,” asked Maggie, who was rearranging garden ornaments that hadn’t sold in more than a year, shifting them from higher to lower shelves. “Oh, I’d say four, including our truck.  Which, as you know, has nothing… Keep Reading

Library News

From Jenny Scholten, Librarian Programs for Adults Rosetta Stone Accomplish your language learning goals with your library card using our new free eresource, Rosetta Stone. Wednesday, September 14, 6 to 7 p.m. Movie Screening: Sharayet Join us for a screening of Sharayet. Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker, Maryam Keshavarz, this provocative coming-of-age story  centers on a wealthy… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles VI

I had a call at a single family home off Mission Street near the San Francisco-Daly City border which’d been transformed into an elderly care facility. I was met at the door by an effeminate heavyset 30ish Filipino man in pale green scrubs, who unlocked the front door and hurried away.  The living room was… Keep Reading

City Imposes Fee for Hill Property Owner to Access His Home

It started as a simple home improvement project. For 35 years, Robert Hines had a driveway and a garage, but no curb cut. Pulling his automobile onto his property meant the car muffler would scrape against the pavement. When Hines finally got around to pulling a permit to construct the curb cut in 2013, he… Keep Reading

Sex Workers Want Funds for East Bay Rape Crisis Centers Cut

Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP), a San Francisco-based nonprofit that advocates for the rights of sex workers, wants to reduce the amount of public sector and philanthropic dollars that flow to rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and anti- prostitution and sex trafficking organizations.  “They’re just providing anti-prostitution counseling,” said Maxine… Keep Reading

Still No Consistent Government Response to Homeless Camps

The City and County estimates that there are roughly 100 encampments – two or more people living without a structured home, typically in tents – and 700 campers at any one time in San Francisco.  However, based on a survey of state and local government officials, including with the California Department of Transportation, Caltrain, and… Keep Reading


Donald Trump’s vanquishing of a football team’s worth of Republican Party presidential candidates has prompted intense reflection on how it happened, much of which lands on the same question:  can democracy be trusted to produce competent political candidates? One perspective gaining traction in the shout-o-sphere is that the collapse of mediating forces – backroom dealmakers;… Keep Reading


Shot San Franciscan Rayshawn Larue, 48, was gunned down last month on Potrero Hill’s South Slope. Larue was shot and killed while standing between two cars parked along Dakota Street, a half-block from 23rd Street in the Potrero Terrace public housing complex. Neighbors rushed to help the victim; others called 911. Paramedics and police got… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

San Francisco is the most dynamic, captivating city in the world. And I’ve been around. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve met some cities with which I’d love to spend a long weekend – or even have a full-on summer tryst – but I’ll always come back to my true love, San Francisco. So even as… Keep Reading

Tips to Act Like a Local

San Francisco is a cacophony of contradictions.  Other than the few natives – most of us are from Michigan, Pennsylvania, or Southern California, so really, start your geographic networking as soon as you get here – there’s a sense of inferiority to New York.  Yet there’s an insistence on referring to San Francisco as “The… Keep Reading

San Francisco’s Most, or Second-Most, Crooked Street

San Francisco’s most, or perhaps second-most – depending on whom you ask – crooked street was a straight, unpaved road one hundred years ago.  Vermont Street’s serpentine pathway was constructed in the 1930s as a Works Progress Administration project. The argument over which street – Vermont or its world-famous cousin, Lombard – is the most… Keep Reading

Outdoor Stairways Make the Hill More Pedestrian Friendly

The San Francisco Bay Area’s many publicly-accessible outdoor stairs not only provide scenic views and a good aerobic workout, they help community members and visitors navigate the often undulating terrain of their neighborhoods. This is particularly the case in Potrero Hill and Dogpatch, where hills compete with Interstate 280 and Highway 101 to make the… Keep Reading

Plenty of Opportunites to Get in Summer Shape in Southside San Francisco

Aside from hiking or bicycling the steep slopes traversing Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and South-of-Market, there’s a plethora of more structured ways in the area to get fit.  Residents and visitors to Southside neighborhoods can choose from upwards of 50 gyms, studios, and structured outdoor play to pump iron, dance, stretch, or spin. Fitness SF SoMa,… Keep Reading

Southside’s Public Spaces

Most Dogpatch and Potrero Hill green spaces don’t offer the facilities frequently found in parks elsewhere, such as restrooms, barbeque pits, or picnic tables.  Instead, expansive views, muffled freeway noise, and a certain eccentricity mark these public areas.  That may be because almost all of the Hill’s community places were manifested by volunteers, who pulled… Keep Reading

Lots of Things for Kids to Do in Southside San Francisco

Southside San Francisco offers a range of activities for children, including photography, dance, soccer, and Jiu Jitsu.  Many of the goings-on focus on confidence-building, fitness and developing lasting friendships.    According to Lisa Nowell, founder of Recess, a play space at 470 Carolina Street, her company’s 7,400 square-foot community venue is a favorite for neighborhood… Keep Reading

Chocolate Lovers in Luck in Southside San Francisco

San Francisco is the birthplace of two of America’s oldest chocolate makers: Ghirardelli and Guittard Chocolate Company. Both have their roots in the Gold Rush, when enterprising businessmen realized that wealthy miners with a sweet tooth had money to spend on luxuries.  The companies continue to make confections in the San Francisco Bay Area.  And,… Keep Reading

Church Congregations Grow Alongside Population

Some churches in the View’s readership area have reported recent growth in attendance and membership despite the City’s reputation for having a high percentage of religiously unaffiliated individuals. According to 2014 data from the Pew Research Center, 35 percent of San Franciscans are unaffiliated, compared to 23 percent nationally; 48 percent classify themselves as Christian,… Keep Reading

Winery Opens Near the Hairball

At the western elbow of Cesar Chavez Street and Highway 101, between Potrero del Sol and James Rolph Jr. Playground on Potrero Avenue, a new and perhaps surprising neighbor arrived last January to what’d previously served as a Philz Coffee warehouse.  The Eristavi Family Winery was founded in 2006 by Victor and Lia, a husband… Keep Reading

No Need to Go to Napa; Southside’s Wine Scene Matures

Southside San Francisco is home to a surprising array of wineries, tasting rooms, cellars, and bars that reflect the spirit of European and Central and Northern California grape growing regions. Bluxome Street Winery, located at 53 Bluxome Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets, features an events space and tasting room.  Its production facility specializes in… Keep Reading

Bars and Breweries Celebrate Anniversaries

“The neighborhood is evolving quite a bit, and it’s nice to see some community-focused breweries in the area,” expressed Joanne Marino, executive director of the San Francisco Brewers Guild. The Guild, a nonprofit, was launched in 2004 to celebrate the craft of American beer and the City’s brewing heritage. It sponsors Drink SF Beer, a… Keep Reading

Arts Calendar

July 20 – August 28 FOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS – A selection of works from photographers Tama Hochbaum, Fabiola Menchelli, Susan Mikula and Paul Rickert. Hochbaum will show a preview of her series in-progress, Cross/Walks; Menchelli presents exemplary pieces from her 2012-3 Constructions series;  Mikula juxtaposes the intimate scale of 2012 u.X with the insistence of 2014 Thrill Show;… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

August 10 – Pokémon Go Happy Hour Come to an unofficial Pokémon Go meetup and enjoy drink specials, as well as a lure module running from 6 to 8 p.m. One post can be accessed throughout the venue; a few others are nearby. Represent your teams, enjoy the game in a comfortable environment, and listen… Keep Reading

DoReMi Emerges as San Francisco’s Newest Art District

Rising Financial District rents, along with a focused effort to reinvigorate Southside San Francisco’s arts community, has led a large number of art galleries to locate in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill.  Catherine Clark, whose eponymously-named gallery had previously moved three times, was among the first to shift from Downtown to Utah Street. Shortly after arriving… Keep Reading

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