Really worth reading the piece by Chris Carlsson at SF. Streetsblog on planning and public spaces and the thinking – breathing – that experiments like the pocket parks, Sunday Streets, etc push.
Earlier Today By Mark Rabine
Planning Your Friday? Got A Bike?
This from the SFPD: “The Critical Mass bicycle event takes place on the last Friday of each month. March’s event will be on the 26th. Participants begin forming each month at Justin Hermann Plaza at the foot of Market Street at about 6:00 P.M. Because of the large number of bicyclists, traffic, particularly in the downtown area, will be impacted, and motorists are alerted to possible driving delays.”
Much Earlier Today By Mark Rabine
In the Mission Today
If you want to beat PG&E, you’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning. The Mission Community Council will hold its monthly gathering this morning at 9 A.M. at the Valencia Gardens Community Room featuring CleanPowerSF, one of the key local groups fighting PG&E to bring public power to the City. However, if you’re looking at more non-traditional healing methods, check out Camen Vicente, noted Ecuadorean curandera (“medicine woman”) at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) tonight at 7.
SFAppeal reports that rents are dropping like a stone and are predicted to keep dropping. Good news, no? Maybe not. Combined with falling rentals is rising unemployment. Rents for one bedrooms have dipped 10% while unemployment has risen 8.5% since last November. Still, a one bedroom at $1700 a month is not what you would call cheap; anyway the Great Recession is over, right? Not everybody thinks so. For example, the grumpy old SF Controller, who provided the figures, doesn’t expect funemployment to return anytime soon to the City.
The Small Goddess of Big Things
Please welcome Arundhati Roy (pictured above) to the Mission. A best-selling Indian novelist, activist and polemicist for the poor, she will be speaking at Mission High School tomorrow night at 7. If you’ve never heard Roy speak in person, prepare yourself for a unique and profoundly moving experience. Bright, fiery and passionate, she spares no sentiment in denouncing the corporate malefactors whose planetary rape and plunder have brought us to the brink of incalculable disaster. We hear tickets are still available. For more information go to http://www.haymarketbooks.org/2010/02/22/March-26-Arundhati-Roy-in-San-Francisco.