It’s 7 a.m. and 51°. Going out of town for the holiday? It’ll be a good day to travel. Today will be partly cloudy with temperature highs in the upper 60s.

Would you rather have a park or a parking space? The National Journal featured the Mission District’s parklets in a story published today about the city’s Pavement to Parks program. About 40 parklets have been installed in the city so far, and that number is set to double, the National Journal reports. As Mission Local reported earlier, however, there has been some pushback.

In other news, an estimated 4,085 bicycles were stolen in San Francisco last year, The Chronicle reports. But police received only 817 reports of bike thefts or attempted thefts because such crimes are significantly underreported. The growth in thievery has come at a time when the number of San Franciscans commuting by bicycle is at an all-time high. Bicycle commuting has grown 71 percent since 2007, making San Francisco third in the nation in ridership behind Portland, Oreg., and Seattle.

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Soon after Dorothy M. Atkins moved to the Bay Area, she met an artist painting a heroin-themed scene in one of the Mission’s mural alleys. The artist explained that despite the city’s high number of drug users, it lacks an effective needle exchange program. Dorothy hopes to explore the complexity of such policies and their impact on the Mission through her political reporting.

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