The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are highlights from the latest issue. Links are to items we've covered here on NVSF or outside sources as the Voice doesn't post stories online until mid-month.September 2010
Front Page: A love note to high-end modern homes in Noe; notes from the Town Square meeting on July 15; the plaza proposal is dead, now the debate is where to put (or nix) the parklets.
Letters: A 16-year Noe resident on the mob-rule mentality that shut down the plaza proposal: "Are these people not homeowners or do they simply not realize how much more desirable their homes would become were they lucky enough to live on a newly dead-ended street?"; thanks to the person randomly planting poppies on Elizabeth St.; hi and we miss you from the Andiamo Deli brothers; Robert Roddick, president of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association distances himself from the NVMPA support for the plaza trial now that it's been squelched.
Features: Billy Goat Hill gets a $50,000 facelift this month – improvements include path updates, erosion control and native plant restoration.
Cost of Living in Noe: Market cooling but the average home in Noe still costs more than $1 million. Rents are up slightly year over year.
Short Takes: Supes debate coming on Sept. 16 at Upper Noe Rec Center; Harvest Fest will be on Saturday Oct. 23, including some local music talent you'll recognize from the farmer's market; cops close Noe murder case.
Traveling Voice: Consumer confidence is up - this summer the the Voice made it to South Africa for the World Cup, Cinque Terre and Paris.
Store Trek: Heliotrope SF; The Little Chihuahua.
Rumors: The Plaza to Parklets drama continues – the NVMPA says merchants want a say in where the parklets will be located, with several retailers vowing (off the record) to fight them outright. The locations being considered are: 24th Street in front of Martha's, Noe Bagel,Toast, and the Noe Valley Ministry lot near Vicksburg. [Ed- Fasten your seatbelts… it's going to be bumpy.] The next Friends of Noe Valley meeting will be on Sept. 28 at James Lick where you can vote on the officers and board. There will also be a presentation on the Town Square and supes candidates have been invited to weigh in. The Noe Valley Farmer's Market board had a "special meeting" in August to discuss market vendors and volunteers supporting supes candidates (not allowed). Rebecca Prozan opened her campaign headquarters a block away from the Market in July. Harry Aleo's Twin Peaks Property is becoming a music store – opening date is mid Oct. The colorful Twin Peaks/Aleo memorabilia went to family, Noe Valley archivists Bill Yenne and Joel Panzer, an estate seller, and to the NVMPA. Accent on Flowers (next door to the future music store) is consolidating to Flowers of the Valley across the street; Blue Bottle Coffee and Design Quarter open.
[The Noe Valley Voice]