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Crowdsourced Commuter Van to Offer Hill Service

After Ali Vahabzadeh moved several times to secure a more convenient commute to his South-of-Market workplace he became aware of the value San Franciscans place on a reliable, stress-free, and affordable work commute. As he bicycled to SoMa from the Mission he saw commuters standing at bus stops as Muni buses sailed past, full to… Keep Reading

Merchants President Gets to Work after Retiring

On a rainy afternoon in February, at Farley’s, on 18th and Missouri streets, Keith Goldstein, 66, talked to the View about how he came to retire.  Goldstein, the founder and and now former chief executive officer of Everest Waterproofing, was raised in public housing in Whitechapel, London.  He first moved to Potrero Hill forty years… Keep Reading

Mutiny Radio Continues its Rebellion

The original logo for Mutiny Radio, which can still be seen above the station’s doorway at 21st and Florida streets, depicts a hand reaching out of the sea gripping a microphone. The intent was likely to demonstrate nothing could sink its broadcast.   But station manager Pam Benjamin now sees the graphic differently. “It looks… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

April 1st through 3rd Art:  Open Studios San Francisco’s largest artist collective, with more than 100 creatives, exhibit work from their studios and galleries, including painters, sculptures, photographers, fashion designers and jewelers. Support local artists, expand your art collection and find great deals; quality art at studio prices. Opening Reception, April 1st, 7 to 11… Keep Reading

A Place to Chat About Death

Death is in the Zeitgeist. Everyone’s talking about it, or not, as the case may be. One place to discuss the generally taboo topic is at a Death Cafe, an informal gathering with no specific agenda, objectives or themes.  A discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session, Death Cafes are run by… Keep Reading

SF Youth Soccer Clashes with City Rec and Parks

Last month, San Francisco Youth Soccer (SFYS) president Po Bronson emailed the families of players to announce that the league plans to address concerns raised at the organization’s annual meeting, including a “lack of transparency, the surprise attempt by clubs to take over the association, favoritism by the league of some clubs over others, and… Keep Reading

Field, Off-Leash Dog Area Renovations Coming to Potrero Hill Rec Center

Over the next two years, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will design and implement improvements to the baseball and soccer fields and lower level off-leash dog play area surrounding the Potrero Hill Recreation Center, located at 801 Arkansas Street. The areas to be renovated will be closed between September 2017 and June 2018.… Keep Reading

Improvements Ahead for Franklin Square

In response to a campaign by Friends of Franklin Square, the City is expected to roll-out three capital improvement projects aimed at making Franklin Square safer and more engaging. The upgrades must pass an environmental assessment before being greenlit by the Recreation and Park Commission.    Under the proposals, three or four new lighting fixtures… Keep Reading

Richard Reineccius: February 16, 1937 to February 5, 2016

Richard Reineccius, a pioneer in the Bay Area’s midsize theater scene and San Francisco’s neighborhood arts programs, died at Oakland’s Altenheim Senior Housing Center on February 5, just 11 days before what would’ve been his 79th birthday. The cause of death is unknown, but is believed to have been a heart attack, according to his… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Creativity and Art Group: Express your creativity through art, music, meditation and more! Led by Cat Ehisen, family counselor at the Potrero Hill Family Support Center (PHFSC), this all-ages program meets every Friday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Healthier Living Workshops: Do you or someone you love or care for have arthritis, diabetes,… Keep Reading

Homeless Concentrating Near Freeways

“It’s not a lack of compassion, it’s a lack of action,” said San Bruno Avenue resident Gregg Stauffer, about the City’s homeless problem. Stauffer, along with other Hill residents, is concerned about a lack of effective municipal policies oriented toward homelessness. There are roughly 6,600 people without permanent homes in the City, including those who… Keep Reading

Mariposa Park Set to Open

When it opens this spring, a stroll around Mariposa Park will reveal a gorgeous new member of the Mission Bay Parks System – a linked walkable green space circuit – and a peek into Mission Bay’s history.  The park, located in the shadow of Interstate-280 at Mariposa and Fourth streets, is situated at the foot… Keep Reading

Water Taxis Want to Expand Fleets, Add Landing Sites

The City’s two water taxi operators, which launched Port-sanctioned service in 2012, are profitable enough to want to increase the size of their fleets and number of landing sites this year. Gerry Roybal, maritime marketing manager for the Port, indicated strong interest in adding a landing site next to The Ramp restaurant, located at 855… Keep Reading

Southside SF Growth Continues with New Developments

Development activity continues in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill, with the modern style and amenities associated with new residential projects steadily eroding the industrial vibe of yesteryear.  Adam Gould, Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association member, is hopeful about what’s ahead, “I’m generally excited about the growth of the neighborhood.  We are on the frontier of San Francisco… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Fairytales

Numerous tales told over many centuries tell of enchanting creatures that used to roam the earth.  Ogres, faeries, and dwarfs continue to animate modern-day narratives, in such books and films as Shrek and Lord of the Rings.  These fairytales are considered children’s stories, featuring magical and imaginary beings and lands.  But mounting scientific evidence suggests… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Pier 70 Restored The high-end home furnishing retailer Restoration Hardware will move into Pier 70 next year, the sprawling redevelopment project that’s transforming 66 acres of waterfront land east of Dogpatch with 1,000 units of housing, offices and waterfront parks. The Corte Madera-based furniture company, which has a cult-like following in the interior decorating business,… Keep Reading

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Adopts Interim Design Controls

Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that requires the San Francisco Planning Commission to ensure developers consider a number of design features before a large residential or mixed-use project is approved.  Similar “design controls” had been informally followed by the Commission on projects such as 1601 Mariposa Street and 790… Keep Reading

NextKids Closes; Urban Recess Remains

Less than three years after it opened, earlier this winter Potrero Hill’s NextKids/NextSpace closed its doors.  According to Diana Rothschild, NextSpaces’ chief executive officer and NextKids’ founder, the quasi-preschool was felled by the same phenomenon that’s forcing many small businesses and longtime residents out of the City:  high rents.  NextSpace continues to operate eight other… Keep Reading

College of Culinary Arts to Close Amidst Financial Loss and Fraud Scandal

The Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, a San Francisco-based cooking school founded in 1977, announced late last year that it’ll no longer accept new students, and will shutter its doors for good in September 2017. The company that owns the school, Career Education Corps (CEC), attempted to sell its educational franchise, but was… Keep Reading

DigiPuppets Inhabit Potrero Hill

It started when a whimsical gift from Peru encountered a serious academic challenge at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Dan Clay, enrolled in the masters of business administration program at the school, and sporting a llama finger puppet given to him as a travel memento by a friend, was tasked with inventing a product… Keep Reading

Nabe Continues to Struggle Financially

As the View reported last October, the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House – known as the “Nabe” – has suffered from severe funding cuts over the past several years.  At the end of 2015, the nonprofit settled a $120,000 tax lien that’d been placed on it by the Internal Revenue Service for nonpayment of payroll taxes.… Keep Reading

“Monster Homes” Pit Neighbors Against One Another

With average square footage home prices hovering at $1,100 in Potrero Hill, property owners have a rich incentive to max-out expansions, extensions, and construction of new structures.  High demand and scarce supply of housing has led to the steady development of what some longtime Hill residents consider to be Monster Homes.  And while City ordinances… Keep Reading

One Block

ONE BLOCK highlights the people and places of a particular block.  Modest stipends are available to Dogpatch, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Showplace Square, and South-of-Market residents who’d like to profile their block; those interested should contact Eastside of Tennessee Street, from 22nd to the Tubbs Cordage Company building Jaclyne (Jacky) and Michael Recchiuti Jacky… Keep Reading

Playground Takes over Thick House

Thick House opened in 1996 in the Goodman 2 live-work building.  In the two decades since, the 78-seat, simple, unadorned performance space, owned by the nonprofit Art Space Development Corporation (ArtsDeco), has hosted a wide variety of productions by many diverse companies and independent artists. The alternative group Thick Description made its debut in 1999… Keep Reading

Despite Rapid Change, Love for Community Lingers

On a sunny day in Potrero Hill – a neighborhood with more than its share of sunshine in a more often foggy city – cafes and open spaces tend to be well-populated.  Crowds mill outside Plow; the ting! sound of bat on ball, and subsequent hoots and hollers of a softball game, can be heard… Keep Reading

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