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Google Maps shows the parking situation at 850 South Van Ness Avenue during the day.

CARMAnation Tries Its App at Solving Parking Peeves

Little upsets San Franciscans more than the chronic lack of parking spots in the city and in the last year any number of apps have tried to solve the problem. The average driver wastes an estimated hour and a half each month searching for parking, according to a recent survey.  Another app trying to reduce that time is CARMAnation. Its angle?...
One of ICA's Technovation teams pose with mentors from Double Dutch. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

High School Girls Want Your VC Money Too

In the offices of the Mission start-up DoubleDutch a fairly typical Silicon Valley scene unfolded last week: people were pitching ideas for mobile apps. But conducting these marketing presentations were a not-so-typical contingent: teenage girls. As part of Technovation, a global entrepreneurship program dedicated to getting more young women inspired to pursue careers in computer science, five student teams from...
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Kink’s Porn Castle May Leave Mission for Nevada

  The BDSM porn purveyor Kink.com that has been operating in the Armory Building since 2007 may soon be cracking its last whip in the Mission. It’s not leaving because of the rising cost of real estate; it’s because of the cost of producing porn. Last week, the Planning Department released a preliminary review of a plan submitted by Peter...
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Live Blog: The Last Days of Hipster Hill

Serious things are about to be afoot in Dolores Park: half the 16 acre park is closing for renovations on Thursday for over a year. As you may have already read in the digital pages of this publication, the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department will be fencing off the north half of Dolores for 14 months. This side contains...
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The 1978 Housing Crisis in 7 Clips, Clip 1

We first ran this series — The Housing Crisis of 1978 in Seven Clips — in 2010. We will also be looking at the next jump in housing prices that occurred in the late 1990s. This introduction tells you what is in each clip. Feel free to skip around through the clips, which are all in the related links.  ...
Carlos Gonzalez (right) speaks to the participants of Engage SF's first public dinner. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

New and Old Residents Engage Over Pupusas

Usulutan, a Salvadorean restaurant on 24th Street, welcomed a particularly diverse and determined crowd Monday night. Swapping business cards over pupusas, third-generation Mission residents, tech start-up founders, nonprofit professionals, recent transplants, activists and more all gathered to do the simple, but challenging, work of meeting new people. The dinner was the first public event hosted by Engage SF, a new...
A tech bus rides down Valencia Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

Transit Experts Weigh in on Tech Buses

To be less irksome to neighbors, they could be smaller and the routes could be restricted to larger streets, but transportation experts say the tech buses between San Francisco and Silicon Valley basically do a good job at what they do — effectively shuttling approximately 35,000 people a day and most likely keeping thousands of cars off the freeway. The...
The new, new Google Bus? EngageSF hopes to give techies Mission history tours, possibly in lowriders. Photo by Octavio Lopez Raygoza.

In New Effort, Tech Talks to an Angry Community

The first dinner to bring the new tech workers and old-line Mission residents together “was sort of heavy and charged,” said Chris Murphy, a white, 20-something tech start-up founder. His cohort, a middle-aged Latina with a long record of community activism agreed. At one point during that October dinner, held at Casa Sanchez, a young tech worker offered a conciliatory opinion...
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Police Reopen Valencia Street

Valencia Street became the scene of a bomb scare for three hours on Monday morning after police got a call about a suspicious package that turned out to be non-lethal. From 11 a.m. to just after 2 p.m. police closed off the popular corridor between 18th and 19th streets, evacuated some 30 businesses and warned residents and pedestrians to stay...
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A King of Cats Forced Out, Says ‘Sorrow Not’ for Him

Bender’s Bar, half past eight o’clock: Jimmy Broustis, king of cats, breaks the set and watches a stripe ball sink into a corner pocket. As the table settles, Dave Chisholm, an old friend, waits his turn with a bottle of Schlitz in one hand and a cue stick in the other. Since the mid 1980s, the two have been hanging...
Board of Appeals President Chris Hwang (left) and Arcelia Hurtado study new documents in the 1050 Valencia hearing on January 15.

1050 Valencia Condo Debate Creates Unlikely Foes

The 1050 Valencia condo debate hit an interesting crossroads on Wednesday night, dividing two San Francisco factions whose interests oftentimes align. On one side of the debate, there are those against modern condos changing the historic character of a neighborhood. On the other side, there are those pushing for affordable housing. And to further complicate things — the affordable housing...
One of the more high-end e-cigarettes at the Vapory Shop.

Hazy Regulations For E-Cigarettes on the Vapory Coast

The Mission’s first store selling only e-cigarettes, the Vapory Shop, greeted customers with the scent of fresh cedar walls when it opened this month at Folsom and 23rd streets. Exposed Edison bulbs hang over gleaming glass cases. The place feels less like the neon-lit stores peddling bongs and hookahs along Mission Street than an upscale watch shop. The futuristic e-cigarettes...
Students of New ERA play an ice breaker game. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Bank to School, Teens Lead Financial Ed Effort

Twice a week, a special kind of after-school club convenes in a classroom at City College’s Mission Campus. The group of high school students don’t play Grand Theft Auto V or design yearbooks, instead their conversation centers around things like savings accounts, pay-day lenders, and figuring out what exactly a FAFSA is. On paper, the group is called New ERA...