February 6, 2009

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 stories we've covered.

February 2009
  • Whole Foods is on the way. There's a front-page article, a 2 color full-page ad promising "early fall" and other mentions throughout.
  • A priest is upset about an Obama candle at Just For Fun. (Ironic, no?)
  • 24th Street merchants worried about closure of Bell Market, but optimistic that Whole Foods will bring more foot traffic to the area.
  • Obits: Dave Cannata (co-owner of Hidden Cottage B&B); nice memorial to Blake Egoian.
  • Cost of living in Noe: the national economic meltdown has hit Noe Valley, but only a little. It's still expensive to live here.
  • Crime Beat? Still happening. But now, in the Age of Obama, NVV features a Peace Blotter "showing how neighborhood conflicts can be resolved without threats, litigation or a call to police."
  • Short Takes: NVDC forum, Bethany moving to the Mission during renovation.
  • Rumors: Not much...except: "Harry Aleo's estate was worth nearly $24 million," and many of his Noe properties are for sale now (we believe it's all the buildings with Barbagelata signs). The parking lot across from his office may be named for him, because he was the president of the Merchant's Association in 1959 and championed the purchase of that land as a parking lot for the commercial district.
  • A full page (ad?) dedicated to the schedule at the Upper Noe Valley Rec Center. Also available online.
  • Notably not in the NVV: pictures of Noe Valley residents who've schlepped the Voice to far off places. Sign of a soft economy?
[The Noe Valley Voice]