Category Archives: The Mission District

Historic March and Festival, Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Come On Home (album)

Come On Home (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

March/Rally October 4 2014


No Monster in the Mission  :: ¡Basta Ya!
Historic March, Rally, and Festival
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We are neighborhood residents, businesses, and community organizations from the 16th and Mission neighborhood and Mission District.

We believe in equitable development that creates healthy, vibrant, communities of opportunity. We believe this requires thoughtful, intentional, and community-based strategies to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color participate in and benefit from the decisions that shape our neighborhoods and our city’s transit-oriented development.

View a PDF of the presentation from our May 15th Community Forum at the Victoria Theater.

Learn more about the Plaza 16 Coalition and how you can join our efforts.

Read our vision statement for development in our neighborhood and our demands for development at 1979 Mission Street at the 16th and Mission BART plaza.







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Prague flower shop

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Just the Gritty: SF Mission District Architecture | Untapped SF


The City’s First Neighborhood has
some of it’s best architecture

by Kate Shay


yellow building in the misstion district

You don’t have to be an architect to appreciate architecture. I’m going to be frank with you right now: I am not an architect. Nor am I some sort of architecture buff or historian. I simply love the buildings in my neighborhood — the bright colors and ornate facades just beg me to capture them, and fit perfectly with my style of high saturation and dreamy light blurs.

blue building in the mission district

It’s actually very rare for me to walk down a Mission district block and not stop at least twice to snap a photo (or five). It’s rather entertaining to watch my dog roll her eyes at me because I stop more than she does. How could I not? I’m surrounded by bright beacons of color with the sun bouncing off the plentiful windows.

One of the interesting things is that this neighborhood actually gets a pretty bad rap. It hasn’t had the nicest of histories, and most recently was well-known as a squatter’s district. Since it is shielded by hills and protected from the cold fog that plagues most of the rest of the city, the Mission is the city’s warmest district, attracting those without proper housing. Today families of Latino descent hold the majority — since the ’50s, the Latino population in the Mission has doubled every 10 years — providing much of the current flavor. Recently, however, Silicon Valley insta-millionaires decided it was chic to live in the Mission, and the largely Latino community is slowly being displaced.

victorian house

I hope that this article will inspire you a bit – perhaps open your eyes to a new neighborhood. I took the photos you see here over the last year or so, just imagine all the ones I’m not showing. Get out there, snap some photos, and share them with me on Instagram! @justthegritty and with Untapped Cities using #untappedcities hashtag.

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No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?!?: SFist

No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?
“The Yuppies are destroying everything sacred in this city”, said a Hipster on the scene.

dolorespark_dannebrog.jpgDolores Park, on a nice day. Credit: Greg/dannebrog

The idea that the SFPD might try to remove one of the most charming aspects of Dolores Park — namely the rampant sale of mushroom chocolates, THC-laced candies, and everyones favorite truffle guy — should prompt a battle cry from all those who call the park their warm-afternoon home.
But its already happening! Uptown Almanac and Dolores Park Works report on the SFPDs stepped-up strategy for cleansing the park of everything that makes it marvelous, including the removal of all alcohol and drug sales the sad, emasculated Cold Beer Cold Water guy now only sells cold water.

Theyve been issuing citations, and sending in plain-clothed operators to make purchases from these small businesspeople, and they claim that theyve had to issue tickets for “keggers that get little bit out of control.” Keggers?Anyway, the only solace here is that they say they dont have the resources to actually crack down on all booze consumption right now, but as weve been sensationally proclaiming here at SFist for months now, the war on fun is most certainly stepping up.

There will come a day when cops are wandering around on the regular issuing tickets for your bottle of rosé, and that, dear friends, is an abomination against all things good and holy. What makes San Francisco great if not our laissez-faire attitude toward nudity, sado-masochism, and public drinking?!?

We ask you this.Fight for your rights, people.

[Uptown Almanac]PREVIOUSLY: Etiquette Week: How to Go to the Park

via No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?!?: SFist.

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"Explore Pride Tours 2012"


Pride 2012

Gay owned and operated,Explore San Francisco is pleased to announce Pride Tours 2012. Want to see the city above and beyond the parade, festival and the clubs? We offer the GLBT community tours and sightseeing within our community but outside of the box. Food tours, walking tours, running tours, 1970s Folsom District walk, or even porn studio tours. We accomodate groups and we offer sightseeing with transport provided by van service, SUV or town car. You may find the perfect choice from our regular itinerary or let us create something special for you. Please call the Pride Desk at 415.793.1104 or email

Scenic Running

Scenic RunningSan Francisco is the perfect city for running, incomparable scenery, varied terrain and mild temperatures. Take one of our scheduled runs or let us lead you on a custom run.


North Beach & Chinatown

North Beach & Chinatown at NightThis tour is very social, we have fun and friendships are made. Maybe its the wine or exotic teas, good food, the company or the vibrant area, but if youre looking for a great evening, you cant go wrong with this fun event.This is part of our regular line up, 4 or more and well have a GLBT outing.


Neighborhood Tours

Side StreetsSan Francisco, California is one of the most walkable cities in the country. We have walking tours all over the city. Choose from our regular line up of tours, or let us design something for you. 415.793.1104


Folsom- Armory

Folsom DistrictRelive the 1970s Miracle Mile and The Folsom District in all of its glory. See just the Folsom or combine this with a tour of the SF Armory, home of Select tours go to Treasure Island MediaUpon Request


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Anniversary or birthday celebration, Pride Party to never forget, personal milestone, marriage proposal, business proposal, romantic evening or just something new and different. Give us your vision and let us expertly and meticulously make your extraordinary event a lifetime memory. 415.793.1104

Shuttle, Van, Towncar

Shuttle, Van or Town CarANapa, The Russian River, Black Sand Beach, or San Gregorio are all popular GLBT destinations within driving distance. We have transportation for any size group. Please call the Pride Desk for these spots or anywhere else you might like to see! 415.793.110

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Scott Weiner is anti- tenant and pro republican, pro developer

Over the last few days, Weiner’s PR team has been hard at work getting as much positive press about the Weiner in the media in an attempt to bury the story about him getting his anti-historic preservation bill through the Board of  Supervisors, that will amongst other things make it very very difficult now to get the Gay Historic Corridor approved for The Folsom District. He knows it is going to look bad to his very gay district when people find out that instead of working on behalf of his constituents to preserve what is left of the iconic Folsom, he has been working with the developers and moneyed elite to raze the area for expensive condos for non-San Franciscans working in the sector to move in and displace residents who have lived here for decades.

Why is he doing this? No one can be sure but clearly he is getting something out of the deal, probably financial backing. So he is motivated by greed and homophobic. Great- a homophobic self loathing gay man in Harvey Milk‘s old seat. So to hide this from the public, almost daily for the last week, his office has been releasing to the press cute little stories about how he is pro-dog, pro-tamale lady , pro -trees,  etc. But if you really want to see what he is all about, slow down next time you drive past Dolores and Market and realize that in that spot Weiner and the other  corrupt cronies in City Hall pushed through a nine story condo complex with only .5 parking spaces per unit. Then to make matters worse, they have gotten Whole Foods to go into the bottom floor and this un-needed store will only have about 25 parking spaces available to it. If this scenario is not bad enough, unbelievably, one lane of traffic will be removed from that block in either direction, to widen the sidewalks. In case you have never noticed the sidewalks on Dolores have always been wide enough to drive two cars on them side by side. Apparently, Whole Foods, who is run by a Republican man in Texas, wants sidewalk seating.

Weiner and company says that they want to get people out of their cars. Thats a joke, building a Whole Foods, encourages people to drive to the neighborhood, It will block traffic coming up Duboce and block Market Street while people wait to turn onto the one lane left on Dolores for a valet to park their SUV in one of the 25 spaces. They will have to do that because there won’t be much parking left in the neighborhood now. If they really wanted to get people out of cars, why not remove the asphalt over the existing street car tracks on Dolores and run Street Cars again up that once beautiful Street as it was originally designed? Scott Weiner needs to be exposed for what he really is.

A tool for the developers.


What the preservation vote says about the 2012 supervisors

05.10.12 – 7:27 pm | Tim Redmond |




UPDATE: Important update at the end of this story

What does it mean that a historic preservation law favored by developers and promoted by Sup. Scott Wiener passed the Board of Supervisors 8-3? Maybe nothing. Historic preservation is a strange poliltical issue, favored by some of the wealthy white homeowner types who love pretty buildings (and aren’t so good on other issues), and this thing was sold as a way to help low-income people and affordable housing. But the reality is that the Wiener measure will make it harder to declare historic districts, and thuswill take away a tool that the left can use to stop uncontrolled commercial development. And remember: The affordable housing community wasn’t pushing this bill, and, for the most part, hasn’t had problems with historic preservation. The most progressive political club in the city, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, came out strongly against the measure and urged Sup. Christina Olague, a co-sponsor, to oppose it:


We are extremely troubled that you appear to be buying into the flawed, bogus and self-serving arguments by SPUR and other supporters of this legislation that historic preservation is classist and leads to gentrification, interferes with the production of affordable housing and is a tool of San Francisco’s elite.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

There was a way to address the issues of low-income people in historic districts without making it harder to block inappropropriate development, but Wiener’s bill went much further. And while I respect Scott Wiener and find him accessible and straightforward, and I agree with him on some issues, he isn’t someone whose basic agenda promotes the interests of tenants or low-income people. His supporters are much more among the landlord class and the downtown folks. The San Francisco Chronicle, which is a conservative paper on economic and development issues, loved the legislation.

So what happened when this got to the Board? Only three people — the ones the Chron calls “the stalwart left flank of the Board” — voted no.

John Avalos, David Campos and Eric Mar. They are now the solid left flank, the ones who can be counted on to do the right thing on almost every issue. Once upon a time, there were six solid left votes. Now there are three.

What does this mean for the other key issues coming up, including CPMC, 8 Washington, and the city budget? Maybe nothing. As I say, this issue is complicated. Olague told me, for example, that she’s really worried about working-class people who can’t afford to comply with the increased regulations that come with historic districts. Her vote doesn’t mean she’s dropped out of the progressive camp, or that she (or Sups. Jane Kim and David Chiu) can’t be counted on in the future. I really want to believe that this was just an aberration, a vote where I’ll look back in the fall and say: Okay, we disagreed on that one, but nobody’s perfect.

Still, it’s kind of depressing: The dependable progressive vote is down to three.

UPDATE/CORRECTION: I didn’t know when I posted this that Olague had spoken to the Milk Club leadership after the club’s statement went out and the club has since issued a correction:

Due to a misunderstanding, Supervisor Christine Olague’s position on the Historic Preservation Commission’s critical role in the life of San Franicsco was misrepresented in our weekly newsletter. Supervisor Olague is looking into ways to help continue Historic District status for the Queer community, the Filipino community in the South of Market area, and the Japantown area. She is specifically looking for wording that would help these plans remain viable and welcomes any questions on her position and on her plan. Our apologies to the Supervisor for this unfortunate mistake.



“And while I respect Scott Wiener….”

Why? What is there to “respect” about Scott Wiener? Mr Anti-Homeless. Mr Sit-lie. Mr Anti-Naked Guys. Mr SFPD/FBI spying on SF resident. (That’s the short list). What has he done to EARN your respect or do you just respect someone because they have a title and hold a position? Or is this “respect” you talk about something you feel the need to say so he would agree to future interviews with you?

No one should be surprised by this vote, if one has been paying attention to see what is happening nationally and locally. I and others saw this coming and said so on this site previously. I’m surprised the vote wasn’t 11-0. It seems that that Wiener guy gets whatever he wants. That people just bow down to him and eat ass while he’s unofficially running for mayor.

You see what “pushing to the left” does? It goes in the *opposite* direction as it has done at the national level. I also said that Olague would ignore the “push to the left” letter from the Milk Club. Apparently she did.

A “progressive” camp? Dreaming. A thing of the past, unfortunately.

Due to gentrification, the city seem to be very quickly changing into a city for the wealthy.

The wealthy = conservative/right-wing (usually).

Posted by Guest on May. 10, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

the blue states mostly affluent while the red states are mostly poor?

Seems things are the exact opposite of your claim.

But there is no particular reason why SF should be extremely left-wing either. Most SF’ers I’ve met are moderate politically, so a Mayor like Lee and a BofS with six moderates is well representative of the majority.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:09 am

Quote: If the “wealthy = conservative/right-wing” then why are the blue states mostly affluent while the red states are mostly poor? End Quote

Well that’s not true. Texas, for example, is very wealthy and it’s fire red. Your statement is a rather blanket ignorant statement, as per usual. It really depends upon where one lives. The few wealthy people I know are quite right-wing/conservative and some of them live right next to poor areas.

You and others like to constantly hide behind the word “moderate” because it sounds tamer, less offensive, but these politicians are not “moderates.” The word “moderate” is newspeak. Intended to deceive and hide the real agenda of the politician. Make the politician appear less rabid. There’s nothing “moderate” about hating the homeless and allowing the SFPD/FBI to spy on SF residents, as examples. That’s draconian. During the sit-lie campaign, the right-wing/conservatives were foaming at the mouth with their necks red writing the most hateful posts about the homeless on message forums. The same for the topics of bicycles/cyclists and immigration. Comments full of right-wing hate written by people charading as “moderates.”

Most SF’ers I’ve met are liberal politically and can’t stand the “moderate” lie/deception that you and others continually promote for your right-wing agenda. I guess you think if you speak the lie enough times, people will believe it.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

Well, most SF’ers voted for lee over Avalos, and reduced the liberal flank on the BofS from six to three. So I suppose it depends on what you mean by “liberal”.

The evidence shows that most SF’ers are moderate. Your circle of acquantances may well not be representative of the majority.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

“Well, most SF’ers voted for lee over Avalos”


You thrive on being ignorant and putting out disinformation, don’t you?

The fact is most SF’ers did not vote at all for anyone because nearly 60% of the registered voters (i.e. most SF’ers) did not vote for Lee, Avalos or anyone.

The turnout for that election was 42.47%, meaning most SF’ers did not vote so “we” don’t know what they are…liberal or conservative. You just like to assume they are one of you: right-wing/conservative hiding behind the little passive, mealy-mouthed, wet-doily word “moderate.” Why are you and other right-wing nut jobs/conservatives so afraid to come out of the closet and be (and say) who you really are?

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

If you don’t vote, you aren’t counted.

But there is no evidence the non-voters would have voted differently anyway.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

Your too lazy to vote you have no right to bitch because the mess is your problem for not voting…

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:16 am

I am so sick of this BS. Sure the turn out was in the 40’s same as the last few mayoral elections. Lee pretty handily won the election. Get over it.

Posted by Dnative on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

I’m also tired of that sophmoric stupidity. A voter is defined as someone who votes and, as Dnative just said, Lee’s turnout numbers were basically in line with other Mayoral elections.

It doesn’t mean that the guy is going to stop, he obviously isn’t very bright. We’re just going to have to ignore him.

Posted by Steroidal Progressive on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

“Get over it.”

How mature. Coming from the resident immature troll that tells the BG to mature while the childish troll whines and whines about them and others (while accusing others of whining). Trolls never look inward at themselves.

The only people I’ve ever heard use that childish “get over it” by-line is the right-wing. Not surprising. It was used on some of us when we protested the stolen 2000 election. At the time, we responded: Adults do not “get over” the stealing of “democracy”/elections regardless of which candidate “wins.” “Get over it” has been used ever since by the right-wing when the left challenges their sloppy language and half-truths and distortions of the truth to promote their right-wing agenda of deception. To the right-wing mierda, the ends justify the means. They have no ethics or character whatsoever. Do whatever you have to do to be “victorious.” Put out as many lies as necessary. The facts don’t matter to them. It’s all about their right-wing agenda. Who else uses “get over it?” Right-wing Scalia:

Read: Scalia Lies About Bush V. Gore – Tells Crowd To ‘Get Over It’

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

Even after all the practice you’ve had.

Learn how to lose with dignity.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

Still think you need to get over it.

Trying to draw a comparison between lee’s election and Bush’s first is just futile.

Posted by D. native on May. 11, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

I love how the left pulls this argument out when their guy (and it’s always a boy) loses, but when their guy wins (and come on, it’s always a boy) they put a blanket on ranked choice and turnout.

any way you cut it, Avalos got his ass seriously kicked. The fact that so many people were not motivated to vote means they either don’t care or approve of the status “City Family” quo. Whether that’s a good thing or not is a different subject. The numbers do not lie – Avalos lost, the progressives have lost power at the Board, and the Guardian endorsed candidates lost big time in 2010. Who’s out of touch NOW?

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 7:56 am

you are happy with the status quo and, since that was Lee, indicates that if anything the non-voters liked Lee even more than the actual voters.

And since Avalos clearly had no chance anyway, many Lee supporters knew they could safely stay at home.

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 8:47 am

you obviously don’t have the homeless pissing in your doorway everyday or you would feel different about them too, even on any mildly warm day and all you smell downtown is piss..

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:12 am

To Red State Guest,
If what you say is true, then why are all the red state Republicans among the richest in the country with absolutely no pulse of their own red states, ie, Mitt Romney?

Furthermore, again, if what you say is true, then why are none of their budget policies aimed at these low-income communities? Instead it’s saving Big Bank, Big Oil, Big Alcohol, Big Pharma, Big Military, Big (you name it).

Then, there is the Civil War and classism.

Your arguments are typical shallow Republican double-speak.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 8:07 am

I notice that George Soros is super right wing and I don’t see him wanting a higher inheritance tax…

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:14 am

To SF Liberals Guest,
If you believe that then you are just a naive armchair gadfly.

Lee won because he had unlimited funds through independent expenditure (IE) groups and other moneys backed by cronies like Olague who ran the Run-Ed-Run IE plus a whole mono-culture community most of which don’t represent more than 30% of the city.

Get over it, already.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

nearest rival, then you cannot simply write that off as a mere fiscal advantage. It’s a landslide that isn’t possible without very broad support.

30% of the city doesn’t explain 60% of the final vote tally. Not even close.

And calling Asians a “monoculture” is racist.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

Getting any kind of development thru the city’s processes is nightmareishly complicated, requiring reams of analysis and study, and invariably requiring specialized expediters.

Most people would argue there is already too much “control” without making things any worse.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 5:51 am

Otherwise the city’s permitting process will wipe the floor with you. Since SF demands a permit for any repair on your home exceeding $500 in value (permit required for new windows, permit required for new cabinets etc…) or for new construction you can count on paying an expediter in addition to the 10% of total construction value which the city demands as its due.

The end result of this is corruption. Everyone lies about the real cost of their new construction/remodel so they don’t have to pay, the city’s inspectors know and understand this and they in turn cruise neighborhoods looking for people doing non-permitted new carpet installs so they can nab them and fill the city’s coffers.

Posted by Troll II on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:40 am

who are already on a fat pension, happily splitting their expedition fees with their buddies at DBI.

If it’s any consolation, building inspector corruption is even worse in Oakland.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:57 am

You dont need a permit to install a carpet. What an idiot.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

mandates a permit. Read the city code.

Posted by Troll II on May. 11, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

No permit needed for carpets, or cabinets, or other non-structural, non-mechanical, non-electrical, and non-plumbing projects in the interior of a home. There are limits to what and how much can be gutted, but carpet and cabinets do not require permits.

Posted by worldbfree on May. 11, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

Trolls suck the life out of intellectual discourse by disgorging voluminous quantities of filth to obscure truth wherever they find it.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 12, 2012 @ 6:28 am

on anyone who tries to improve their home. DBI runs as a revenue operation – it’s a disgrace.

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 6:30 am

“They are now the solid left flank, the ones who can be counted on to do the right thing on almost every issue.”

Interpretation: they are the three who will read my editorials and vote consistent with my wishes.

Posted by The Commish on May. 11, 2012 @ 6:44 am

David Chiu has played a key role in saving the city from the dogma driven, bloc voting ‘Gang of Six’ that Redmond obviously misses so much. Of course, the voters helped also by rejecting the SFBG’s endorsements in favor of Jane Kim and Scott Weiner (along with Farell and Cohen).

But remember when Chiu broke with the pack to vote for Lee for Interim Mayor, and how Daly was incredulous? I think that was a key moment when someone stood up to the bullies and came away stronger for doing so. Now we still have 3 anachronisms who vote the way that they are told but we also have a moderate block who looks at each issue on its merits and vote more or less independently.

Also mentioned in the SFGate article is the fact that Peskin was lobbying for the legislation, most likely to support his own litigiousness hobbies. One thing that really needs historic preservation is Peskin’s influence.

The Board is becoming more pragmatic and independent, Peskin has been rendered harmless, the SFBG’s endorsements are a kiss of death and most of the people who read Redmond’s articles have to try and hold back the laughter.

Better days are ahead!

Posted by Troll on May. 11, 2012 @ 7:41 am

It’s like a breath of frsh air.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 7:58 am

by writing comments they think will be disturbing to others; it is their concept to attain a sense of power for themselves. But once understood for what it is, such behavior actually elicits feelings of pity towards them.

I feel sorry for you trolls.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:15 am
Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:24 am


Posted by lillicrats on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:58 am

The common definition of ‘Troll’ is indeed someone who posts on an internet board just to cause a stir. But Tim Redmond has used it repeatedly to disparage people who disagree with him, so here on SFBG it has a different meaning.

And it really does. Look at my earlier post which was filled with facts. And to @lillipublican that is something that just evokes pity. The Progressives really do have a hard time when someone disagrees with them and usually resort to tantrums.

Should tell them something, but it won’t.


Posted by Troll on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:44 am

So why would it object when others do the same?

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:54 am

So, Tim, how did we get from 6 to three?

Posted by marcos on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:46 am

Mostly it is just the inevitable evolution of demographics, which leads to a more moderate constituency.

That is part of why Tim objects to every new business and housing development – each in its own way slightly tilts the electoral demographic more to the center.

But Tim doesn’t want moderation and balance. He wants a left-wing nirvana here. But that is an increasingly out of touch ambition and, deep down inside, I think he knows that with each lost battle, the war has been lost.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:57 am

Development for itinerant tech workers and the elites is part of it.

The bulk is the nonprofit and labor core that see the world in the mirror image of Willie Brown, in that anyone who makes more than $50K has no business living in San Francisco because they are conservative.

Writing off 2/3 of the electorate is a very good way to lose elections.

Posted by marcos on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:28 am
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Pig & Pie Set to Open By the End of the Month — Grub Street San Francisco

Part of the wave of Mission openings this spring/summer is one we haven’t forgotten: Pig & Pie (2962 24th Street), a new sausage spot in the former Discolandia space. Owner Miles Pickering contacted Grub Street to let us know that they appear on track for a soft opening on Sunday, June 24, pending their final health inspection and such. The preliminary menu of sausages, sides, and pies is still here, and once they open you can expect to find them open seven days a week, starting at 11 a.m., for lunch, dinner, and bar-crawl snacks until 1 a.m. on weekends (11 p.m. weeknights). We’ll update you to let you know if they hit their target date. [Earlier]

via Pig & Pie Set to Open By the End of the Month — Grub Street San Francisco.


San Francisco — the Good Stuff!!!



San Francisco History, Photo Archives, Map Archives, Walking Tours, Museums, Online Resources, Running Tours and Historical Organizations

History Resources
  • April 18, 1906“Exploring San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire through the photographic archive” — A new and interesting project, which pulls out individual period photos and digs in deep.
  • Bay Time Reporter
    A series of smart, funny and insightful columns on a staggering array of Bay Area historical (and contemporary) subjects, written by the inimitable Paul Potocky. Highly recommended… the man can write.
  • California Business History
    Don’t be put off by the awkward design; this site is actually packed with timelines, photographs and histories of California (and San Francisco) businesses.
  • California Historical Society
    The grand-daddy of California history in its physical incarnation, the Society’s website features an online guide to over 300 years of California history. This resource includes over 400 images from their fine arts, library, and photography collections.
  • Library of Congress
    The “American Memory Project” — just type “San Francisco” into the search bar and jump back at the flood of photos and historical artifacts… this is the Library of Congress, after all!
  • Market Street Railway
    All things “streetcar”, packed with historical articles and photos — the home of the brand new “San Francisco Railway Museum”
  • Mister SF
    Long time chronicler of the city’s faces and places. This website features countless short takes on aspects of life in our favourite city — local joints, the vanishing of favourite haunts, literary/cinematic history and more.
  • Online Archive of California
    A part of the “Digital Library of California” — over 1,000 texts available. These include transcripts of oral histories, personal narratives, letters, press releases, newspaper articles, and other types of documents.
  • Russian Hill Neighbors
    Small site — couple of nice walking tours and a guide to neighborhood architectural styles, run by a non-profit neighborhood association.
  • San Francisco Genealogy
    An incredibly rich and comprehensive collection of historical sources — always my first stop on quests for information. Many primary sources, maps, and a forum where host Ron Filion helps answer your San Francisco history questions.
  • San Francisco Memories
    A loving tribute to our fair city from a passionate collector of San Francisco ephemera — photo intensive and quite lovely.
  • San Francisco Virtual Museum
    A long running and deep archive dedicated to historical accuracy, curated by the energetic Gladys Hanson. A terrific source for primary texts & photos, currently featuring major exhibits on the Gold Rush, Golden Gate Bridge, and ’06 Quake.
  • The Western Neighborhoods Project
    “Preserving the history of San Francisco’s West side” — An excellent site featuring photos, memories, and passionately in-depth essays documenting the lesser-known half of San Francisco.

Historical Photo & Map Archives

  • America Hurrah!
    A little treasure trove of California historiana with a San Francisco slant — click on a link and a map, reminiscence, or who knows what may result. Good fun…
  • April 18, 1906
    “Exploring San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire through the photographic archive” — A new and interesting project, which pulls out individual period photos and digs in deep.
  • Calisphere – University of California
    A part of the “Digital Library of California” — More than 150,000 digitized items, including photographs, documents, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, advertising, and more…
  • Charles Cushman Photograph Collection
    Charles Cushman, amateur photographer, bequeathed 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to Indiana University. Hundreds are of San Francisco in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s.
  • Old SF
    Interactive map of the SF Public Library’s Historical Photograph Collection, which contains 40,000 digitized images from San Francisco’s past.
  • Online Archive of California
    A part of the “Digital Library of California” — access to tens of thousands of photographs, paintings, graphical materials and other images, which can be organized by topic.
  • Rails Around the Bay
    Frank Caron is an Amtrak engineer and passionate rail buff. His website focuses on railroads operating in and around the greater San Francisco Bay Area, including the history of operations in the area, maps, drawings and historical diagrams.
  • Rumsey Historic Map Collection
    This stunning collection of cartographic ephemera from the 18th and 19th centuries includes atlases, globes, school geographies, books, maritime charts, and more. Insanely cool.
  • SF Images
    Images of the past and present day, people and places, structures and landscapes. Large collection of historical photographs, from pre-Gold Rush times to today, all digitally mastered at high resolution.

San Francisco Walking  and Running Tours

  • Barbary Coast Trail
    The famous self-guided walking tour — follow the bronze medallions in the sidewalk!
  • Oakland Walking Tours
    Free walking tours of historic downtown Oakland — explore the Railroad Era, Chinatown, Art Deco Uptown, the Jack London Waterfront, Preservation Park and so much more. Sponsored by the City of Oakland.
  • San Francisco Tour Guide Guild
    “A professional, non-profit corporation of experienced tour guides and members of the travel industry.” They maintain the prefessionalism of the industry through tour guide certification, but also offer their own tours.
  • Walking in San Francisco for Health and History
    “Meet other locals interested in walking for fitness and in learning about the history of San Francisco. Most Saturdays we go on long walks that have great variety in distance, stair climbing, and amount of history information. Walks are free.”
  • Explore SF
    Explore SF offers unique tours that from a local perspective that for the most part avoid anything touristy. Each tour offers something above and beyond a normal tour, be it  lunch and a spa visit in Japantown,  Wine Country in the City,  1970’s Folsom District Tour, Sin Francisco to the SF Armory or a WIld Parrot Safari, “These tours are not to be missed.”

  • SF Scenic Running ToursThe newest trend in staying in shape and meeting new people. Running
    tours led by professional trainers and experienced guides, all of whom are
    locals, and they take you on the most beautiful runs through the most
    breathtaking city in the world. We challenge you to find a more positive way to see San Francisco. If you can find one, we’ll pay your way…

San Francisco Museums and Archives

  • Bancroft Library
    California’s memory bank on the UC Berkeley campus, one of the largest special collections in the U.S. Includes the Mark Twain Papers, Regional Oral History Office, UC Archives, History of Science & Technology Program, & Pictorial Collection.
  • San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
    Documenting and preserving the Bay Area’s rich performing arts heritage from the Gold Rush to today – and making it available to us! Programs, events, exhibitions, and the fabulous library. Based on dancer Russell Hartley’s private collection, ca 1947.
  • Treasure Island Museum
    Once upon a time there was a museum on Treasure Island. Someday it may return, but ’til then, enjoy the museum’s website, featuring a “Memory Book” message board, info about the collections in storage, and “Treasures”, an illustrated history of the Fair.
  • Wells Fargo History MuseumThis colorful museum features a beautiful stagecoach, piles of real gold, and many other exhibits focusing on San Francisco’s Gold Rush history. Even cooler, it’s located on the very spot in which Wells Fargo opened for business in 1852!

Contemporary Online San Francisco

  • FunCheap SF
    “Finding fun and cheap stuff to do San Francisco and around the Bay Area.” Yahoo group dedicated to having fun in the Bay Area on the cheap. Good stuff!
  • San Francisco Virtual Tour
    “An interactive photo documentary Walking Virtual Tour” — and that’s just what we have here, a staggering amount of work. Kudos!
  • SF Journey (German language)
    A German-language travel guide to San Francisco and the West Coast: “Ihrem Reiseführer nach San Francisco an der Westküste der USA”
  • Wells Fargo History Museum
    This colorful museum features a beautiful stagecoach, piles of real gold, and many other exhibits focusing on San Francisco’s Gold Rush history. Even cooler, it’s located on the very spot in which Wells Fargo opened for business in 1852!

San Francisco History Organizations

  • San Francisco History Association
    A group “Dedicated to Remembering San Francisco’s Past” — they sponsor regular talks, slide shows, and guest speakers on a fantastically diverse array of subjects.
  • San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Historical Society
    Often referred to as San Francisco’s “queer Smithsonian,” the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society’s GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.
  • San Francisco History Museum and Historical Society
    The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and presenting the historical heritage of San Francisco.

  • Treasure Island Museum
    Once upon a time there was a museum on Treasure Island. Someday it may return, but ’til then, enjoy the museum’s website, featuring a “Memory Book” message board, info about the collections in storage, and “Treasures”, an illustrated history of the Fair.
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CHERRY, Starring: James Franco and Heather Graham


CHERRY, Starring: James Franco and Heather Graham

Filmed at The SF Armory, home of


Kink star Lorelei Lee and Stephen Elliott’s porn story ‘Cherry’ had its SF debut at SFIFF (April 24, 27, 28)

STILL FROM CHERRY is getting its star turn in the mainstream media – everyone’s favorite historic-building-cum-porn-palace served as the shooting locaiton for the movie that Stephen Elliott and Kink star Lorelei Lee penned, Cherry (trailer here). The flick, which makes its San Francisco debut at the SF International Film Festival (April 24, 27, 28) stars James Franco and Heather Graham, who plays a female director at a porn company.

It isn’t Kink in the movie, exactly — it’s not a BDSM company, for one. And I met up with Lee at Thieves Tavern this week and she told me that despite the vocation of Cherry’s protagonist, she didn’t consider it a movie based in sex-positive activism.

“You can really destroy a movie by making it too political,” said the NYU student and star of multiple Kink sites, over a glass of red wine. Lee says she and co-writer Elliott wanted to write a story with a happy ending (er, spoiler alert.) “I think it’s a complicated story that doesn’t try to sell you on anything.” Of course, showing happy, functioning sex workers should be considered activism in and of itself these days.

Theirs isn’t the only project that uses the Armory as a backdrop for for an upcoming non-NSFW film. Filmmaker Simone Jude has been shooting a documentary on the lives of Kink’s women – Lee, Isis Love, and Princess Donna primarily — for the last four years. The trailer looks fucking awesome, and Jude needs your Kickstarting help funding the final editing process.

The three women portrayed are total badasses, and it’d be great if this film could recieve the same kind of exposure that Cherry, which picked up IFC as its distributor and is being slated for a limited-city release, is enjoying. With all the sex-negative politicking going on these days, we could use some more high profile looks at women who refuse to let conservative social norms guide their views of fucking. People need to be exposed to that kind of stuff. Or at least, as Lee told me “I hope that they leave the theater feeling like they’ve watched a movie about real people.”

And now for your week in sex events.

“A Taste for Brown Sugar: The History of Black Women in American Pornography”

English: Interview with Oscar nominee James Franco

English: Interview with Oscar nominee James Franco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rad lecture alert: University of California Santa Barbara professor Mireille Miller-Young will be giving a talk about her much-needed manuscript examining the history of black women in porn this afternoon. Miller-Young’s work tends to focus on race, gender, and sexuality as it appears in sex work and popular culture and she is also currently collaborating with sex-positive author Tristan Taormino and others on The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure.







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Central Kitchen | Thrillist

Central Kitchen
Hello, most anticipated restaurant opening of the year


Two words: Flour + Water. Okay, now 11 more words: stop by Central Kitchen, the sequel to Flour + Water, opening today.

Built inside of an old factory space in the Mission, CK is a must-visit no-brainer that’ll seat 48 12 at a communal and 36 more in the dining room, which spill into a shared courtyard that s equipped with heated concrete floors and a retractable roof. Eye-boner-ers insidell include a ceiling made with reclaimed gym flooring and a steel-y exhibition kitchen featuring a custom butcher counter, a wood-fired rotisserie oven, and a chefs counter that’s 16 ft long, or at least that’s what he tells the lady chef counters. Inside the exhibition kitchen, F&Ws wunderkind who started his lauded pizza-n-pasta joint with a $500 stove will plate a meat-heavy, pizza-free menu, with starters like roasted quail in brown butter and charred spring onions with bacon, honey vinegar & frômage blanc French cream cheese!, plus main events including spring lamb w/ spiced carrot purée, and poached hen with crème fraîche and young potatoes, who probably listen to bands regular potatoes just don’t get. Boozell come from behind a five-seat wood & steel bar, and count an extensive list of reds and whites, with two of each on tap along three brews: The Lost Abbeys Red Barn Ale, Uinta Brewing Cos Wyld Extra Pale, and Mission Brewer’s Mission Blonde, even though you’re used to having those in the Marina.

And if you don’t like having to pick out food for yourself, you and your table can take part in a five-course, chef-curated tasting menu with an optional beverage pairing, that’ll have you using two more words: Holy…

Central Kitchen (Emailed on May 10, 2012)

Mon-Sun, 530-110p: 782 Florida St, at 20th;
The Mission; 415.826.7004


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via Central Kitchen | Thrillist.

Above the Mission District

Above the Mission District (Photo credit: Telstar Logistics)

Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores (Photo credit: davidyuweb)


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