Police activity in the Richmond District in July, 2019.
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
125 Years Ago: Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park
When visitors stroll around the Golden Gate Park Concourse, containing the de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences and the Spreckels Temple of Music (better known as “the Bandshell”), they might be surprised to learn that all of it was once part of a Midwinter International Exposition 125 years ago.
City Hall – Sandra Lee Fewer
Richmond District updates from from SF Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.
Car, Bicycle, Scooter Sharing Coming to the Richmond
Richmond District residents are going to have more transportation choices in the next few years, including car, bicycle, electric moped and scooter-sharing services. In a district with so many senior citizens this has some worried.
Candidates Vying for D.A. Office Share Social Justice Ideas
Four candidates running to become San Francisco’s next district attorney (D.A.) took the stage at the Richmond Recreation Center on July 17 to pitch their ideas on how to make the city safer and more just.
Richmond District’s Avenue 12 Gallery Showcases Photo-Mosaics by Simo Neri
If you are unfamiliar with Avenue 12 Gallery, it’s a gem of a space located at the corner of 12thAvenue and Lake Street in the Richmond District, across the street from Mountain Lake Park. Formerly a convenience store, the light-filled storefront was converted into a showroom for Japanese furniture and artifacts under the name TableAsia in 2005.
Richmond Author Publishes Her Sixth Book: ‘Flowers for Jenny’
Longtime Richmond District resident Linda Lewin wrote a children’s story titled Flowers For Jenny. The story was illustrated by Sudesha Shrestha and is the sixth book written by Lewin.
Coalition Formed to Save GWHS Murals at the Ballot Box
The San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Board of Education’s decision to cover or destroy 13 murals in the “Life of Washington” series at the first president’s namesake high school has inspired those who support saving the murals to hire an attorney and to work on bringing the issue to the voters.
Richmond Neighborhood Center’s Giants Game Community Watch Party
San Francisco Giants’ mascot, Lou Seal, was the guest of honor at the community watch party at the Richmond Neighborhood Center on Sunday, July 28. A broadcast of the game played on two big screen televisions under a big tent. Games, prizes, BBQ and photo opportunities with Lou Seal were all part of a community pride celebration.
Julius Kahn Playground Renaming Proposal Meeting Aug. 14
… Wednesday, August 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Julius Kahn Clubhouse (West Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street), where the recommended replacement name will be presented with the opportunity for public comment.
SF Marathon July 28 – Traffic, Transit Advisories
Sunday, July 28: The annual San Francisco Marathon will begin from The Embarcadero and Mission Street at 5:30 a.m., with staggered starts from 5:30 a.m. until 6:30 a.m.
Annual One Richmond Community Party
The second annual One Richmond Community Party took place on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Argonne Elementary School at 18th Avenue and Cabrillo Street.
Meeting on Washington High School Murals Turns Contentious
The latest round in the fight over the George Washington High School murals took place on July 9, when a small group that want them painted over crashed a meeting of mural supporters and chaos ensued.
History of the Muriel Leff Mini-Park in the Richmond District
Creation of this small park at 420 Seventh Ave. in the Richmond District was before the era of the official mini-park, a federally subsidized program initiated in San Francisco in 1968, and creating it was a complicated business as it was a public-private project, a virtually unknown notion at the time but common today.
Mae Macau Art Exhibition: A Macanese Inspired Group Art Show
The Mae Macau exhibit opens in San Francisco at CIQ Gallery on Sunday, August 11. This exhibit featuring San Francisco Bay Area artists will be on display in San Francisco August 10 through October 1 before traveling to China for exhibition in Macau November 25-29.