March 10, 2012

NVV: We Read It So You Don't Have To

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.

March 2012

Front Page: Get ready for a new generation of Facebook, Zynga, and Twitter gazillionaires with money to spend on houses in Noe (also lifting rental prices) and bringing high tech workers in droves to local merchants on 24th Street; it's Word Week this week; Church Street businesses like Omnivore, Incanto, Curator, and La Ciccia are thriving, while some like Drewe's are "hanging by a thread" and looking for new opportunities including a booth at the Noe Valley Farmer's Market; NV filmmaker Yuriko Romer's documentary on 98-year-old judo master Keiko Fukuda debuts March 11 at the Asian American Film Festival. 

Letters: Blair Moser of the Fair Oaks Community Coalition reports in detail about the challenges of getting PG&E to repair a burned out streetlight near the Dec. 8 rape crime scene; an anonymous letter from one of the assault victims thanks the community for the generous support (she is still not able to return to work but hopes to soon); and a resident of 24th at Fountain is looking for suggestions for how to prevent recycling theft from the blue bins.

Features: Rising number of ADA lawsuits against 24th Street merchants (23 businesses in the neighborhood have been sued or threatened to date with the average cost to settle at $24,000, plus construction expenses); Capt. Robert Moser is the new chief of Mission Station since January.

Cost of Living in Noe: Despite the influx of high-tech buyers, just 4 single-family homes traded hands in January. The priciest home was on the market for 5 months and sold for $2.1 million, $95,000 under asking.

Store Trek: Heroine, Cliché Noe

Rumors: Gallery of Jewels and When Modern Was owner Dona Taylor quickly scooped up the old Hot Headz space and has installed Taylor's Home and Garden "a vintage home and indoor garden store;" Loft 1513 moved from Church to 3927 24th Street in the old Noe's Nest space; Radio Shack, which was damaged in the Sept. 2011 fire, hopes to reopen soon; Easy Breezy frozen yogurt in the old Cosmic Wizard space is shooting to open by June 1; First Republic is allegedly still eyeing the old Tuttimelon spot at the corner of 24th St. and Sanchez (first rumored here); Ladybug Ladybug has flown away to Sacramento; Matt Cain's 2,815 square foot Noe home may finally be selling; a heavyset woman went for a walk in the nude right over a Noe resident's Volvo hood and smashed in the windshield - and a Noe neighbor and witness posted a NSFW photo of the incident on SFist; Noe resident Catherine Bergstrom was honored as one of the District 8 Women of the Year for organizing a fundraiser for victims of the Sept. 2011 fire.

[The Noe Valley Voice]