As we emerge from the pandemic, we’re stepping into a neighborhood, City and world that look different. The pandemic has revealed and exacerbated long-standing inequities, forced us all to adapt to survive, and perhaps forever shifted our understanding of what’s essential, what’s possible, and how deeply our health and wellness are connected to our neighbors.
Crime seems to be the only San Francisco big business that escapes city government meddling, which is why District Attorney Chesa Boudin must be recalled. Like his predecessor, George Gascon, currently the subject of a recall campaign in Los Angeles County, Boudin acts as if it’s not among his responsibilities to prosecute criminals as he protects lawbreakers rather than criminal victims.
As we move on from the pandemic, it is clear that back-to-normalcy won’t happen quickly, especially with our kids. Not only did they lose more than a year of in-person learning, but they also lost emotional and social development that comes with human interaction. Isolation, anxiety, stress and depression are among the impacts of distance learning, and they will last long after schools reopen.
Bruce McKay is a San Francisco native with deep roots. His family has lived here since coming from Scotland in 1829.
Trading in automobile parking lots for green space and pedestrian pathways is the core idea driving the renovation of the Stonestown Galleria because the traditional model for the shopping mall will either evolve or die.
Housing affordability, access to neighborhood services, and local businesses remain top concerns.
Anyone who believes in the mythology of the social equity, efficiency and verisimilitude of our “public private partnerships” needs to poke their head through the brand new taxpayer-funded fence at 14th Avenue and Lincoln Way and see the substantial acreage denuded at the behest of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society without any public process whatsoever.
Cartoon by Ralph Lane.
The closure of a Safe Sleeping campsite for homeless people at the corner of Haight and Stanyan streets last month, and a new housing proposal for that site, are raising questions about how the City is dealing with such issues in a post-pandemic world.
Inner Sunset community meeting June 30, 7-8 p.m.
How many more egregious abuses are people going to take from an autocratic, manipulative bureaucracy – one which only serves the interests of our elites while turning our public spaces into an exclusionary cash cow for the wealthy? What will it take?
… anyone who has lived in this City for any length of time knows that “pilot programs” almost always become permanent.
Remember when your mom or grandma said, “Don’t play with your food, just eat it!”? Well, in this column, you will learn how to have fun playing with your food and then eat it, too!
On Wednesday, June 30, the non-profit Mid-Sunset Neighborhood Association will host its first live event.
It’s always a lovely time meandering down Irving street, especially when the sun decides to come join. Although few people crossed my path this week, little signs and neighborhood oddities keep the walk interesting. Enjoy this set of pictures!