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Bare and At Home in Dolores Park

There were fewer bared chests for today’s topless in Dolores Park Day, but perhaps as has happened in France, more women are being cautious about exposing their breasts to the sun. The Guardian article attributes diminishing toplessness to a number of reasons other than health including a more political FreetheNipple movement and a fear among women that with social media,  the bared breasts will travel endlessly...
Woodward Gardens, 1875, Photo by TE Hecht Courtesy of SF Found.

From Transit Hub, to Drug Hub to McCoppin Plaza

Shaping San Francisco, a participatory community history project, created an outdoor gallery on Sunday afternoon showcasing 17 historical images from the former Market Street Hub Neighborhood. A lively spot in the 1940s, it is the current site of San Francisco’s newest public space, McCoppin Hub Plaza, named for Frank McCoppin, the city’s first foreign-born mayor (from 1867 to 1869) and to remember the transit hub...
Skaters flock to the new SoMa West Skate Park, located under the Central Freeway between Mission and Valencia. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

New Skate Park Grinds Neighbors’ Nerves

When the SoMa West Skate Park opened under the Central Freeway earlier this month, skateboarders greeted it enthusiastically, crowding the park with kickflips and ollies at all hours of the day. To the chagrin of some neighbors, all hours of the day means all hours of the day. Neighbors are less than thrilled by what they deem excessive noise coming...
Skater teens, in the Mission. By Keli Dailey

Locals Rate the New Mission Skate Park

Want proof that San Francisco is a skate town? The new park underneath the Central Freeway, between Valencia and Otis streets near Zeitgeist bar, has been teeming with skaters since opening July 1. “It’s hella packed,” as a young Mission skater, and therefore expert skate critic, told us yesterday afternoon. Once an empty Caltrans lot and now a smoothed over expanse...
The SF Super Kings, San Francisco's only cricket team.

Kings of Cricket: Chefs One Day, At Bat Another Day

  Walking by Garfield Square on Treat and 25th, you’re likely to see people playing soccer. Whether it be Latino men playing the game that is near religion in their country of origin or youth leagues in pint-sized world cups, it’s almost always soccer. But, if you walk by at the right time on Monday morning you’ll see another game...
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Park at Folsom and 17th Will Go Forward Without Wet Weather Basin

The proposed park at 17th and Folsom streets has abandoned plans for a wet weather storage basin to manage storm water and construction of the park will proceed without a year-long delay, according to Jean Walsh, the communications manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The park now has a tentative opening date of sometime in the summer of 2015, Walsh wrote in...
A map of planned improvements for Dolores Park. Courtesy San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Half of Dolores Park to Close for Renovation

Behind schedule and a few million dollars over budget, the Dolores Park renovation project is moving ahead, with construction slated to begin in January when the entire north half of the park between 18th and 19th streets will close for an estimated six months. Bidding for the construction contract kicked off last month, said Jake Gilchrist, project manager for San...
Opponents of Supervisor Wiener's legislation to close city parks from midnight to 5 a.m. gather at Dolores Park for the "Sleep-In," where about 50 people set up camp for the night.

Sleeping Outdoors in Protest

  Putting themselves in the shoes – and sleeping quarters – of the homeless who spend their nights in San Francisco parks, a group of some 50 people camped out in Dolores Park Monday night to protest legislation that will create a new curfew at all of the city’s parks. District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed the legislation, which the Board...
A man holds his dog in Dolores Park.

Supes Will Vote on Resolution to Oppose Restrictions on Dogs at Federal Parklands

The Board of Supervisors will vote today on District Supervisor Scott Wiener’s resolution to oppose the National Park Service’s new restrictions on dogs at federal parklands. Although largely symbolic, the resolution is one that has plenty of support from dog owners who rallied to Wiener’s support at a recent hearing and agreed with his vision of a dog-eat-dog world if...
Community members look over maps of Dolores Park during the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project's Open House on Feb. 6. Photo by Carly Nairn.

Long-Awaited Dolores Park Redesign Plans Unveiled

The Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project unveiled its long-awaited plans for the iconic park Wednesday evening, with many community members scrutinizing the maps set up at Dolores Park Church. Plans for the revamped park, originally expected to be available for viewing last August, were delayed by an 11-month environmental review by the city’s Planning Department. The redesign of the almost century-old...
The wreckage inside Samuel Picaso's garage.

What You May Have Missed Over the Weekend

Rain, one shooting and Mission Local’s 4th Birthday! Almost 2 inches of rain fell over San Francisco this weekend, and the Mission felt the downpour. See photos of one Mission resident’s watery mess of an apartment and his story of repeated flooding on Folsom Street. We turned 4 on Friday and celebrated Mission-style at 780 Cafe on Valencia Street. There...
The pool at Mission Playground is mostly empty, save for some greenish water.

Shaky Ground Delays Mission Pool’s Opening

During Mission Playground’s renovation this year, construction crews working in the men’s locker room of the clubhouse discovered that the ground underneath them had become liquefied, a state where solid matter behaves like a liquid. The liquefaction was thought to be localized to the locker room but as crews conducted minor repairs to the pool deck it became apparent that...
The site of the proposed park and affordable housing development. Photo by Alan Sanchez.

New Development Eradicating Mission Parking

Lack of parking is a leading gripe for San Franciscans, who live in a heavily commuted city with more than half as many registered vehicles as residents. The Mission District is no exception, and the opening of such large-capacity venues in the neighborhood as Preservation Hall West and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema means that the tedious routine of circling the...
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Campos Pushes for Parks Bond

At a town hall meeting at the Mission Recreation Center on Wednesday, District 9 Supervisor David Campos let a small, mostly graying crowd of 24 know that he has always voted to raise funds for parks and green spaces. The event was part of a series of ongoing town hall meetings on parks and open space across the city. At...