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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...

Queen’s Shoes on Mission Street to close up shop

Discount shoe retailer Queen’s Shoes at 2356 Mission Street will close soon, signs in its windows and around the store announce. A changing neighborhood and traffic changes on the street, the owners said, were just a few factors that contributed to their decision, though they declined to go into details. Now they hope to sell their inventory and close the...

Pop-up art “Parlor” to debut at site of future Valencia development

Before a former motorcycle workshop becomes a multi-story housing development, it will be home to a pop-up arts and design shop called “Parlor.” The developers of a mixed-use project planned for 235 Valencia Street at Clinton Park are sponsoring an arts and design pop-up at the site, which they describe as “Part community living room, part art house, and part greenhouse.” The collection will feature...

Teen arrested in failed cell phone robbery

A 14-year-old girl was arrested after she and two other teens attacked and robbed a 27-year-old woman inside of a store near 26th and Mission streets on Tuesday night.  Police report the group followed the victim into the store sometime around 9:30 p.m., where the 14-year-old began attacking her. The victim’s cell phone fell to the ground during the struggle,...

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...

Dolores Street median parking goes live this weekend

Signs and red paint are being installed on Dolores Street from 14th to 18th streets to kick off the beginning of a pilot project that legitimizes the long-tolerated though de jure illegal practice of parking alongside the street’s medians. As of Friday, April 21, anyone may park along the medians, though only in certain times and locations: Fridays, 7 p.m. –...

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...

Fourth Mission fixie race to attract cyclists from around the world

Athletes, messengers, and even some professional cyclists will come pouring into the Mission District this Saturday for the fourth annual Mission Crit, a 40-minute fixed-gear bike race. The crit (short for “criterion”) sends riders around and around a triangular course from 16th to 17th streets along Treat Avenue and Harrison Street, no small feat at the speeds these cyclists reach....