February 5, 2014

NVV February 2014: 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 notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

February 2014

Front Page: A profile of Glen Evans, a former Vicksburg resident who now finds himself homeless, and the merchants and neighbors who are trying to help him; an overview of the 5th annual Tech Search Party on February 8th benefiting local schools; info from the October/January meetings about planned changes to 24th St aimed at improving traffic flow and pedestrian safety - some Noe St residents are already sure it will be "mayhem" [Ed.-- it's deja vu all over again from the parklet protests and predictably Mary McFadden is against improving 24th St].

Letters: No love from one reader for Neutraceuticals (owner of the blighted Real Foods building); a list of water conservation tips from the SFPUC.

Short Takes: Upper Douglass Dog Park to remain closed until Spring for more repairs; San Jose Ave will shrink to two lanes for a traffic pilot in late Spring or early summer.

Cost of Living in Noe: The average cost of a single family home was $1.893 million in December - up more than 18 percent from 2012 [Ed.-- The median cost of the nine homes was $1.75M]; condos average $1 million. New renters should expect to shell out an average of $4,253 for a two bedroom apartment.

Store Trek: La Nebbia (1781 Church St at 30th)

Rumors: So far $560,000 has been pledged to the Noe Valley Town Square and $330,000 has been collected - in the meantime, the team has also been busy with a film for the project called Our Town Square (you can watch the trailer here); Cardio-Tone has added a second location at the old Kohler Jones space on Church St; 1513 Church St is home to a new startup called BackerKit - a company that writes software for Kickstarter project creators to track their backers [Ed.-- Is this Noe Valley's first actual tech company?]; La Tira waxing studio opens in the old Dermalounge space; the most popular fiction books in Noe right now are The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro; the most popular non-fiction is Gray City of Love by Gary Kamiya (via Folio Books); Omnivore reports the favorite cookbook for the neighborhood right now is Jerusalem by Yottam Ottolenghi; the favorite movie for rent is The Butler (via Videowave); Mazook says reliable sources also report that Bliss Bar will not be rebuilt; a new title company comes to 4126 24th St (next to Barney's where B.J. Droubi Real Estate used to reside); Sway consolidates to the Haight and the commercial space and two residential units have sold for an expected $2.2 million - the store space is still for rent $12,000 a month; RIP Mike Skoufas who opened a Noe Valley barbershop in 1953 called Mike's (his daughter owns and operates Of Barbers and Bears on 24th St.).

[The Noe Valley Voice]


Anonymous said...

Funny how it was not mentioned how racist Glen can be. He was kicked out of Bell Market, because of the racist remarks he made to the people who were working there; and he was in much better shape then. How about doing something about Richard who stands in front of Whole Foods. He's a junkie, rude, and has something to say about everyone who walks by. Unfortunately, he tells people he has diabetes and I always see idiots giving him money! I realize that Glen does not have a drug or alcohol problem, but people need to stop supporting those that do; and people don't listen to their phony stories!!

Anonymous said...

I would agree with anonymous above. There is help, there is support, there are services for these homeless people on our streets, including 24th Street.

They CHOOSE to remain homeless. I give money to various organizations to help the less fortunate, but I am beginning to choose NOT to contribute.

Many of us in Noe are tired of seeing them in front of WF, hanging out on the bench, begging money day after day. Our city services need to do more to help them get off the street, get a place to sleep and good food. It's possible.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the other two people. Giving money to the local homeless population not only makes them want to live on the street longer, but it creates more traffic and takes away more parking spots. "Unfortunately he tells people he has diabetes." Ugg, we don't want to know that. We have yoga awnings to complaint about. And whats with all the babies and dogs in the neighborhood?

Typical Cranky Noe Neighbor

P.S. They're not going to be allowed in the Town Square, right?

Ban Homeless
Ban Dogs
Ban Babies
Ban Farmers Markets
Ban Music
Ban Cookie Trucks

Anonymous said...

Ed. wrote, "planned changes to 24th St aimed at improving traffic flow and pedestrian safety"

What exactly are the current problems with traffic flow and(or) pedestrian safety that need "improving"?

Anonymous said...

RE: Typical Cranky Noe Neighbor

If you read the two above anonymous comments, both advocated to help the homeless, and included ways in which they themselves try and help the homeless. Handing money out to drug addicts is not the answer, having services that they have access to is a better way. No one said ban the homeless, they said get them proper help. In addition, being homeless does not make someone infallible...the homeless can be assholes too. Maybe instead of writing a snarky response to people who are genuinely interested in helping to solve the enormous homeless problem in the City, you could suggest ACTUAL solutions to further the discussion. None of their comments suggested anything about babies and dogs, those stereotypes were brought to the discussion by you. How to deal with the homeless population in this City is a long and ongoing debate, some have drug problems, many are mentally ill, and some do choose to be homeless, and came here specifically for the free care this City provides (see: Haight Street), such as free medical care, free veterinary care for their dogs, free food, and free shelter. If you feel good giving someone money who stands in the same place 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, then go for it, but don't act like you are a better person for it or that you actually helped anyone. Unless you brought them to your house, gave them an address to receive mail, helped them kick their drug habit, got them to deal with their issues, and set them on a path to improving their situation, then you are simply enabling them to continue on the path they are already on.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Let's kick out those racist, homophobic, homeless, cookie eating, puppy toting, singing babies. They think they're cute but they aren't.