- Noe Valley Wine Walk coming (again) this Thursday Aug 21 [@FolioSF; Official]
- More pickup on the Noe Valley is the new Pac Heights meme [SF Gate]
- Yet Noe Valley is nowhere near the most expensive place to rent in the city [Priceonomics]
- The Peak2Peak walk turns 10 - begins in Upper Noe Valley [SF Gate]
- "Upcycling artists" wanted for new boutique opening at 24th & Castro in Oct [Craigslist]
- Uber is courting Noe Valley (sort of like a housecleaner) [@cjc]
- All about SF cemeteries: SF Historical Assoc. lecture Aug. 26 (7pm) @ St. Philip’s [@SFHistoryBuffs]
August 16, 2014
August 9, 2014
News from, about and for Noe Valley from around the interwebs:
- You’re not the only one who heard the Beyonce Jay-Z concert in your living room [SFGate]
- Just as you’re probably hearing Outside Lands too [SFGate]
- If you’re at Outside Lands and want an Uber to Noe Valley, get ready to pay $400 [@Tuce_Chainz]
- Owner of private shuttle to be charged after bus blocks J-Church [CBSLocal]
- 'Airbnb' legislation is attracting a wide variety of opponents; still likely to pass [KQED]
- Meanwhile BJ Droubi is doing her part to keep rents high and available only to non-locals in Noe Valley [48 Hills]
- More $2M+ homes now sell in Noe Valley and Cole Valley than in more "prestigious" northern neighborhoods like Pac Heights [Curbed]
- So expensive apparently no one knows what to "ask" for a property [Curbed]
- Worst place for renters in the U.S.? San Francisco, if cost is your only benchmark [Mother Jones]
- A portrait of Dorian of Dorian's Clock Repair on Sanchez [Marc Oliver LeBlanc]
- Noe Valley Democrats summer party and fundraiser is at Savor this Tues Aug 12 6:30-8:30pm [NV Dems]
- Supervisor Scott Weiner’s July/August newsletter is out [Scott Weiner]
August 2, 2014
- The children’s area of the Farmer’s Market gets political [@F6x]
- A story of a landlord buying out a renter: NPR reporter and former Noe Valleyeon Stephanie Martin Taylor [KQED]
- “A favorite coat for cold Noe Valley mornings” from local preppy princess blogger Caroline Curran [SFGate]
- Need a wax? Stript wax salon opens on Church St. [Racked]
- Mansion or shack? Either way, $1 million in Noe Valley won’t buy you much [MarinIJ and CTPost]
- Yep, Noe Valley homes cross the $1,000 per square foot mark [The Front Steps]
- You're not imagining things: Average Noe Valley home exceeds $2M for the 5th month in a row [Downing & Co]
- $1.7M in Noe Valley = $899,000 in Hunter’s Point [CBS Local]
- An interview with Rare Device shop owner Giselle Gyalzen [SFGate]
- Rumor: Pasta Pomodoro closing? [@shaketini]
- Cardio-tone’s 24th St. location is for rent [Storefront]
- Day 8 of the new mural at Day and Church [Amos Goldbaum]
- Fun photos from the Ames & Quane Green Alleys Project [Greenalleys.org]
July 27, 2014
There's a small sign posted on a pole at Cesar Chavez and Church Streets announcing a hearing about a proposed traffic signal for that intersection. Pretty big news, right? There have been calls for a stoplight at 24th/Church, but this is the first we've heard of one at this busy intersection. Our initial reaction is that it's not necessary unless it can smooth the interaction of pedestrian traffic on Church and all the cars trying to get to 101. Otherwise, this intersection flows pretty smoothly. So where did this proposal come from? Follow us down the rabbit hole (and watch out for PDFs).
Remember the SFMTA's Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP)? When we covered it in 2008 the main issue was bus routes - there was a strong push to alter routes and eliminate stops to speed up the service. Then in 2012 the J Church line was included in Muni Forward's Travel Time Reduction Proposal (TTRP). Basically, the proposal aims to speed the J Church along its route by reducing stops, relocating boarding areas, creating transit-only lanes and (this is the key part) including "traffic calming" at certain intersections (more on that below). The SFMTA study says changes will "reduce the travel time of the J Church within the study area by about 6.5 minutes total in both directions."
Projects like this are never easy in San Francisco, and of course there was an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The huge public response sent everyone back to the drawing board, and many changes were made (for fellow planning dorks here are the three huge PDFs documenting response to public feedback: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). The end result is that the amended EIR was approved with changes on May 22, 2014.
The August 1 hearing is asking the public to approve one of those traffic signals without addressing the rest of the J Church route.
If you have an opinion on this traffic light want your voice heard please attend the August 1 hearing at City Hall: 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416 at 10:00am.
Can't make the hearing? Per SFMTA hearing guidelines (emphasis ours):
Opinions on these proposed changes may be filed in writing prior to the hearing by email (link to firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “Public Hearing.” Written opinions may also be transmitted to the Sustainable Streets Division via fax at 415.701.4737 or by mail: Engineering Public Hearing, Sustainable Streets Division, One South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5417. Submitted opinions will become part of the official public record and will be brought to the attention of the person(s) conducting the hearing.
July 26, 2014
This Week In Noe Valley: New Mystery Restaurant Announced, Neighbors Thwart Penthouse, And SF Progressives Against Progress
- A new 15-table mystery restaurant called Charin is coming to Noe/Bernal in Sept from a chef who’s logged time at SPQR, Manresa and Benu [Tablehopper]
- Want a tree? The deadline for an upcoming Noe Valley tree planting is Aug 20 [FUF]
- 12 SF Breweries You Didn’t Know Existed: Noe Valley’s Elizabeth St. Brewery gets a shout out [CBS Local]
- Tacolicious corporate offices move into former Sirena Botanica space on Church St. [@F6x]
- Noe Valley “has the most sun, babies, Golden Retrievers, and yoga mats” - local blogger Caroline of Perfect 10 SF offers a tour of SF [ModCloth]
- A before and after neighborhood Edwardian remodel [Houzz]
- RIP local artist and technology pioneer Eleanor Kent [SF Gate]
- NVFM vendor Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie's nougat goes national [WSJ]
- Planning Commission and neighbors to Noe Valley penthouse on Duncan Street: You shall not pass [SocketSite]
- Are SF progressives anti-progress? [The Nation]
- Behind the scenes with a storied Noe Valley gay activist book club [SF Gate]
July 24, 2014
The building at the corner of Church and Day (now the home of Cardio-Tone and before that Kohler-Jones) is in the process of getting a mural painted by local artist Amos Goldbaum. A native of Bernal Heights, Goldbaum's style is hand-drawn images of iconic, local, and historic San Francisco landmarks. The finished mural will cover the entire building wall and feature lots of recognizable local touches (similar to what you'll find on the designs on his shirts). Here's a shot of the artist at work today:
Longtime Noe Valley residents will remember another funkier rainbow mural that used to be on the building when it was occupied by Mikeytom Market. That mural was called "Make Love" and was the work of Castro Street resident Brad Mossman (before it was a mural it was a street-level billboard which explains the smaller format of Mossman's mural).
A neighbor who spoke to the artist told us Goldbaum expects the mural to be done in about 2 weeks or less. Check it out while it's being created and you can meet the artist. Or you can follow the progress on Goldbaum's Instagram feed and on Twitter.
It already looks great and should be a gorgeous addition to the area.
[Photos: top images NVSF, bottom image a screenshot from B. Mossman's site]
July 21, 2014
Fast breaking news from 24th St this evening. It started with this tweet at 7:39pm:
Gruesome scene at 24/Noe in @NoeValleySF. Blood all through the street and sidewalk. Man collapsed in care on the side. CC @KTVU
— Jeffrey D. Gerson (@jeffreydgerson) July 22, 2014
@NoeValleySF @emmaliat word was a man stabbed himself near Starbucks and staggered thru intersection before collapsing across the street.
— Jeffrey D. Gerson (@jeffreydgerson) July 22, 2014
The man was subdued with non-lethal rounds by SFPD. More info:
Some guy slit his wrists and was shot with bean bag rounds. Firefighters and Paramedics here #NoeValley @NoeValleySF pic.twitter.com/EMvVeXNg6a
— Will Keightley (@willdeux) July 22, 2014
The unidentified man was taken to the hospital. We hope he does well and gets the care he needs. At this time no other information is known, but we're glad no one was the victim of someone else's violence.We'll update as more information is available.
As for the blood in the street?
@NoeValleySF @emmaliat Firefighters and police on the scene, cleaning stuff up when I walked by.
— Jack Chou (@smallchou) July 22, 2014
Noe Valley is quiet again.
Officers save suicidal man with cut bleeding wrist, holding knife to his throat @ 24th St and Noe St Subject taken to hospital everyone OK.
— Mission Station (@SFPD_Mission) July 23, 2014
July 19, 2014
- Daniel Patterson Group and Outerlands alum to take over Beast and the Hare [Inside Scoop]
- Once a cop, always a cop - retired SFPD reunites wayward (16 year old) boy with mother [SFPD]
- Michelin hearts La Ciccia [@MichelinGuideSF]
- Awesome photos: San Francisco parks and public places back in the day [SFist]
- Not everyone in Noe Valley is comfortable with African Americans [@joshuajenkinsyo]
- Your nickel donation at Whole Foods adds up [@LarkinStreet]
- Noe Valley is cooler and more colorful with the arrival of Rare Device [7x7]
- Faustian bargain: Houses near the tech bus stops are worth 10% more than those that aren’t [SF Gate]
- Photos of a guts and all remodel-in-process of a Noe Valley railroad flat Victorian [To The Studs]
- Noe Valley is "home of the $1.6M fixer-upper [@The RealWBTC]
- Another wanna-be-Banksy sighting in Noe Valley [inger]