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Elbo Room named SF legacy business as owners search for new digs

Despite the Elbo Room’s impending displacement from its 547 Valencia St. location, its owners plan to stay rooted in the Mission and on Monday the city granted it legacy business status – a possible financial lifeline. “We got officially approved yesterday,” said Matt Shapiro, one of the bar’s owners, adding that he and co-owner Erik Cantu are currently working with...

SF officials and residents face off at heated meeting on homeless shelter

At an emotional community debate Monday night some 200 Mission residents squared off with top city officials and one another over the burdens and benefits that a temporary homeless shelter will bring to a neighborhood severely impacted by tent encampments. At issue is the city’s plan to place a Navigation Center – a low-barrier homeless shelter that offers its clients...

Shop local disrupted: Grocery stores

Even groceries, among the most location-centric businesses, must now grapple with the demand for delivery in San Francisco. In the Mission, a neighborhood densely populated with grocers of all kinds, that means getting creative, because the cost of doing delivery are high. But the cost of offering nothing in response to the demand for delivery is even higher. “People in...

Shop local disrupted: Valencia Cyclery

We talked to Paul Olszewski, 64, owner and general manger of Valencia Cyclery in the Mission since June 1, 1985, about his business and it didn’t take long for the topic of the internet’s impact to come up. ML: Why the bicycle business? PO: I’ve always enjoyed bikes – ever since I got one when I was a teenager and...

A new, full-service restaurant planned for Valencia at 21st Street

Plans are afoot to turn nearly 4,000 square feet of retail space on the corner of Valencia and 21st streets into a full service restaurant with some retail. The application for a conditional use permit allowing David Quinby, the owner of Amado’s at 998 Valencia St, to transform the space will be heard by the  San Francisco Planning Commission on...

Developers plan project entirely to permanently house nonprofits

It’s not just residents who are displaced when rents in San Francisco skyrocket – it’s nonprofits. Two planners who saw that happening are now constructing an entirely new building that will be sold, piece by piece, to nonprofits for a permanent home. Common Ground Urban Development is seeking approvals to tear down a two-story building at 1850 Bryant Street and...

4/20 tokers shirk new regulations by taking weed fest to Dolores Park

Hundreds of 4/20 celebrants chose to avoid the increased security at Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park and observe the unsanctioned holiday – free of city-imposed restrictions – at Dolores Park. “I know Hippie Hill is the place to go on 4/20 but I heard this morning that police were checking IDs and stuff, and I’m not even going to...

Dozens turn out for hearing on affordable housing coming to SF Mission

Some 60 people, including whole families, turned out for the first in a series of community outreach meetings concerning the construction of a 130-unit affordable housing project at 681 Florida St. that could break ground in Spring 2019. People were there to learn about applying for the spaces and to make suggestions on the use of its community space.  ...

SF’s shop local ethic disrupted by click-here convenience

The hip, independent store owners of Valencia Street like to think they have nothing in common with franchised America; just as the owners of Artillery AG, an art and design store on Mission Street see their customers as different than those after mass-produced art. But, that is no longer true. Homogenized America and the Mission have more in common than...

Neighbors unhappy about plans for a temporary homeless shelter

Some 40 nearby neighbors made it clear on Monday night that they are unhappy about plans for a temporary homeless shelter at the site of former McMillan Electric building at 26th and South Van Ness streets. The lot is slated for 157 units of market-rate housing and the new Navigation Center would be a temporary use of the land.    “We oppose...

Mobile musicians draw an audience on Valencia Street

Stroll down Valencia Street on a warm spring evening and you’re likely to find, within barely two blocks of one another, two variations on a theme: Mobile theater. One is Mr. Brandy in his van – the ex-Texan pianist lives and works out of a van draped in sparkly fabrics and oddball decorations, crammed in next to the piano he...

Indian percussion inspired by San Francisco to premiere at community center

What would San Francisco sound like expressed in south Indian percussion? In a new work called “7 x 7” premiering at the Community Music Center on April 29, composer, percussionist and educator Rohan Krishnamurthy has given that concept a go. Krishnamurthy took field recordings from around San Francisco’s nature and neighborhoods, as well as conversations with San Francisco artists, and reinterpreted them in solo composition...

Perez Lopez and the SF way of investigation

After two years, the District Attorney has decided not to press criminal charges against Officers Eric Reboli and Craig Tiffe, who shot Amilcar Perez-Lopez to death on the night of February 26, 2015. District Attorney George Gascón, who has yet to bring charges against any officer of the SFPD, released a 25 page summary of the investigative report laying out...