July 9, 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 at NVSF.

July/August 2009
  • Front page: Phoenix Books rises again, La Boulange comes to Noe, Just Awesome Games gets a microloan with some help from Good Morning America, world-class Jazz at Bliss Bar, and the senior lunch program saved through July 31.
  • Letters: Just two – one nostalgic for Magnolia Thunderpussy Cafe [Ed- we’re not making this up], and another about the economic downturn (it’s not as bad as the 70s - you can tell by the lack of garage sales).
  • Op-Ed: Chairman of Citizens United for Safer Streets (CUSS) encourages everyone to keep their dogs (especially big ones) on leashes and “at a safe distance from other beings, except in designated dog parks.”
  • Obits: Remembering Carl Smith 1931-2008, founder of the Noe Valley Ministry.
  • Cost of Living in Noe: Average price of a single family home in Noe is now $1.2 million, down from $1.4 million in 2008; rent prices are flat.
  • Photo: Glamour shot of Mama’s – the corner store at 22nd and Dolores; Pat Mackey of Whitney St. converted his 1992 Mazda Miata to an electric vehicle.
  • Short Takes: Upper Noe Recreation Center cleanup on July 11; Cooks Boulevard adds a book club and Community Agriculture program – details at cooksboulevard.com; Google/Apple/Genetech shuttle bus study results due in September - selected comments from this and this thread on NVSF are included.
  • Rumors: Bistro 24 open for business; Noeteca delayed to July 15 or early August; Andiamo Deli is still for sale (asking price: $45,000); GNC closed; MadKat shuttered - owner Isa Muhawieh lost his lease and the owner would not renew – he’s looking for a new location in Noe to reopen [Ed- new store in the old Isa’s location opened this week as Shampoo & Bubbles]; Noe Knit dishes on the reason for closing (the Internet); Good News on 24th Street reports a 50% decline in issues of the Chronicle sold (also thanks to the Internet); Ingleside Station Captain Lazar reports an uptick in subscribers to the police action reports [Ed – Note the scary increase in armed robberies and grifters -– be careful out there]; Noe Courts needs a fence; free Wednesday night movies sponsored by Fima Photography and Videowave – see the stores (on Castro @ Jersey) for a schedule.
  • Traveling Voice: Hangin' at the Brandenburg Gate.
No mention of the missing snake.

[The Noe Valley Voice]


Anonymous said...

I really don't like when you guys do this. I really love the Noe Valley Voice and think you spoil it with your commentary.

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Anonymous said...

I love it. It saves paper and gives me a condensed run-down of what little "News" the Voice has.

I do wish the Voice would post its articles online in a more timely manner.

Lee said...

I agree with Anon #3. I read my news online - to cut down on paper litter and because of convenience. It really bums me out that the Voice doesn't publish online until the end of the month. I know of a number of folks who don't read the Voice for that reason.

So, thank you for publishing these tidbits for us!

Anonymous said...

Lee: Your mentality is one of the reasons print journalism and investigative reporting will soon become history. What if there were no "tidbits" for this blog to republish? (copyright infringment???)
We are entering the age of "tidbit" news. Readers, like you, who are the minimalists leading the vanguard of the dumbing down of America. Hearsay news is what you want; and only 60 seconds of it, at that.
Oh, and a thousand thanks to all of the local businesses who buy the ads (which escape the e-version of the Voice) that keep this neighborhood gem alive. Support your local businesses who advertise in the Voice.

Lee said...

Wow, you sure did *assume* an awful lot based on my reading habits of the Voice. Just a couple of things you may wish to know:

1) I subscribe to both the SF Chronicle and the NY Times daily. I read them thoroughly throughout the week. You may not believe that those are the most intelligent newspapers out there, but I do feel informed by them. And yes, I do supplement them with online journalism and blogs.

2) The Voice, while a nice neighborhood news source, is not what I would consider to be deep or particularly well written. Thus, I do consider their articles to be “tidbits.”

3) Each and every day, I do support my neighborhood businesses who advertise in the Voice and who carry the Voice. In fact, I am a local business owner.

If you ever decide to come out of your cloak of anonymity, I would be happy to discuss this issue with you further.