Free things to do on San Francisco’s west side.
San Francisco Richmond ReView
The Richmond District is located in the northwest corner of San Francisco, nestled in between Presidio National Park and the city’s Golden Gate Park. The neighborhood, which includes Sea Cliff and Laurel and Presidio Heights, is home to about 80,000 people. About half of Richmond residents are of Asian ancestry, primarily of Chinese and Korean descent. There is also a large Irish population and many recently arrived Russian immigrants.
Several vibrant commercial areas, including California Street, Clement Street and Geary Boulevard, serve the neighborhood. The 1,400 merchants and small offices in the Richmond District offer a wide range of goods and services.
Local landmarks include the Cliff House and the Beach Chalet at Ocean Beach, the V.A. Hospital at Fort Miley, University of San Francisco and numerous holy houses, including Temple Emanuel, St. John’s Orthodox Church and St. John’s Presbyterian Church. There are numerous attractions in Golden Gate Park, including an American Bison pen, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Strybing Arboretum, the oldest children’s playground west of the Mississippi River and a 9-hole golf course.
Distribution by Neighborhood: Presidio and Masonic Avenues to the Paciﬁc Ocean, Golden Gate Park to the Presidio, Sea Cliff
Distribution by Zip Code: 94118 and 94121
The market remained steady throughout the year with mortgage interest rates rising from the 4 to 5 percent range by the end of the year. Even though this is still low by historic standards, it is the highest it has been the last seven years and it has impacted the market.
There’s no question; we face a drastic shortage of affordable housing not just in San Francisco but across the state. Our growing senior population also wants to age in place, but they might not need as much space.
Photos from San Francisco’s past.
As observed by a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Constitution Day this year, Thomas Jefferson in 1789 wrote: “Wherever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
John Farais, a local chef, cooks with the same ingredients that the Native Americans relied on, but uses modern kitchen technology to create contemporary dishes.
Richmond District updates from Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.
Recent police activity in the Richmond District.
In November, the Chinatown Youth Center (CYC) successfully launched its second Richmond District “basic tablet and smart phone operation class” for Cantonese speakers, which resulted in the graduation of 20 people.
As the holiday season gets into full swing, the use of lights and decorations is universal to just about everyone. Whether going all out or to display a simple string of lights, people need to take cautionary steps to avoid fire danger, according to Capt. Alec Balmy, a community outreach team leader for the SF Fire Department.
The SF Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Visual and Performing Arts Department celebrated kindergarten through 12th grade dance programs by hosting a Dance Showcase at Presidio Middle School on Nov. 7.
The complications of dealing with the homeless population were explored at a community meeting on Nov. 1, hosted by District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, where she gathered city officials to address the public.
At a public board meeting in late September, project proposers presented concepts to create a “campus for change,” and to “address the significant environmental and/or social challenges of our time.”
A new building proposed for the 3600 block of Sacramento Street got the green light from the SF Planning Commission in spite of substantial neighborhood opposition, mostly amid concerns about how it will affect nearby businesses.
Photo of Stow Lake in Golden gate Park, circa 1900.