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.
Front Page: Noe Valley guest vacation rental collective and directory launches called NVHOO (Noe Valley Home Owners Organization) - a place to stash relatives and visiting friends in the 'hood. The group has about 2 dozen vacation rentals - prices range from $500 to $2900 per week. Local merchants Noeteca, Drewe's, Terra Mia, Nomad Rugs, and HeliotropeSF jump on the Groupon and LivingSocial craze - while others aren't so happy with the kinds of clients these "deals" bring. And Friends of Noe Valley kicks off a new season with a meeting on July 27 at 7PM at St. Philip's Parish Hall (though strangely you won't find the meeting on the FONV website yet).
Letters: A long bit of hate mail for cell phone antennas; a frustrated Chattanooga resident railing about the draconian crackdown on sidewalk parking; a plea for drivers and pedestrians to be respectful on 24th St. so nobody gets hurt; and some snark from Theresa (last name withheld) about last month's pet lover: "Perhaps her parents should have had a dog instead of her." Meow!
Cost of Living in Noe: 17 single-family homes traded hands in May 2011, almost twice as many as May 2010; 15 of those sold for more than $1 million, and 4 sold for over $2 million.
Short Takes: Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) has neighborhood ambassadors who want to find homes for new trees in Noe; NV residents can weigh in on new public school boundaries.
Traveling Voice: It's back! Readers schlepped copies of the the newspaper to Turkey and Java.
Store Trek: Noe Valley Smiles and Braces; Pot + Pantry.
Rumors: Still no news on Real Foods except this tidbit from Scott Weiner that Neutraceutical is "paying approximately $50,000 a year in property taxes," and a mention of the comment thread on NVSF about what should happen to the Real Foods space including a nod to Nelson's line: "You could probably fit two title companies in there, maybe a nails/waxing salon in back...."; the corner of 24th and Diamond is set to become a children's activity center called Little Lounge; Pixie Hall Studios is looking for a property owner in the Diamond/Elizabeth area to let them use a back yard for an "art of gardening" class; La Boulange has hired a "world-class chef" to create new items on the menu that reflect Provencal and Southern France cuisine; Firefly is regaining former chef Luke Prellwitz, and Fireflied chicken is still the favorite on the menu; Noe Valley resident and celeb chef Tracy des Jardins of Jardiniere got the runner-up spot on a recent Top Chef Masters show; Amberjack is becoming Kama Sushi; and Mike Skoufas is returning to barber at Of Barbers and Bears on 24th Street between Castro/Diamond.
[The Noe Valley Voice]