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SF's Nearly Car-Free "Slow Streets" May Become PermanentSF’s Nearly Car-Free “Slow Streets” May Become Permanent
By - posted 2/2/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Only in San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

San Francisco is eyeing making three “Slow Streets” permanent: Page Street, Shotwell Street, and Sanchez Street. SFMTA implemented their “Slow Streets” program during the pandemic to limit through traffic on certain residential streets and allow them to be used more as a shared space for foot and bicycle traffic. Due to the program’s success, more...

Cannabis Superstore & Smoking Lounge Likely Coming to Mission Dist.Cannabis Superstore & Smoking Lounge Likely Coming to Mission Dist.
By - posted 2/1/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, City Insight

Thanks to SFist for sharing the news that San Francisco is getting its first Cannabis Equity Marketplace inside a new mega cannabis dispensary. The Planning Commision just approved a brand new cannabis dispensary, poised to be one of the biggest in the City. The proposed business, 560 Valencia, will take over more...

SF Considers Starting a City-Run Public BankSF Considers Starting a City-Run Public Bank
By - posted 1/28/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, City Insight, Only in San Francisco

The city of San Francisco is considering starting a municipal public bank; it would be the first city in the nation to have a public bank. Thanks to 48Hills for letting us know about the city’s ambitious initiative.  The measure introduced by Supervisor Dean Preston, was recently approved by 6 SF supervisors, more...

SF's B8ta Tech Store Shuts After Multiple TheftsSF’s B8ta Tech Store Shuts After Multiple Thefts
By - posted 1/28/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to SFGATE for sharing the very unfortunate news about B8ta, the trendy electronics and high tech goods shop in Hayes Valley and Union Square. The store has suffered a number of bazen break-ins and robberies whose products likely sell on the black market. Owner Vibhu Norby is concerned for this staff’s more...

SF Adds Permanent Water Taps for Homeless PopulationSF Adds Permanent Water Taps for Homeless Population
By - posted 1/16/2021
Brand New, City Insight, Community, Getting Help

Thanks to San Francisco Public Press for sharing the news that San Francisco is expanding the access to clean drinking water for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Earlier in the pandemic, SF put in temporary water taps in three neighborhoods to help our homeless population have access to fresh water. more...

SF Has Highest Price of Gas in the NationSF Has Highest Price of Gas in the Nation
By - posted 1/12/2021
City Insight, Only in San Francisco

Unfortunately, CBS SF announced the upsetting, but not terribly surprising news that the cost of gasoline in San Francisco is now the most expensive in the country, topping even Hawaii. The price of gasoline across the US over the past 3 weeks jumped up an average of 9¢ a gallon to more...

San Francisco Rent Dropped 27% in 2020San Francisco Rent Dropped 27% in 2020
By - posted 1/5/2021
City Insight, Housing

Thanks to SF Gate and Apartment List for letting us know that rents declined 27% in 2020. San Francisco rents went down sharply (2.7%) in December 2020, and are down sharply by 27.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, Apartment List says median rents in San Francisco stand at more...

Free Parking in SF on New Year's DayFree Parking in SF on New Year’s Day
By - posted 1/1/2021
City Insight

Celebrate the kick off of 2021 with a day of free parking throughout the city of San Francisco. Although parking hazardously is always ticketable and towable – as is parking in a red or blue zone – much of the rest of the city is yours for the parking. Here’s the Basics more...

Yes, Muni is Free Tonight on New Year's Eve 2020/2021Yes, Muni is Free Tonight on New Year’s Eve 2020/2021
By - posted 12/30/2020
City Insight, New Year's Eve, What's Closed / What's Open

Even during these COVID times when most everything is shut down, in order to ensure those who need a safe ride home New Year’s Eve have one, many Bay Area transit agencies are offering free rides, but not having any extended service. Confirmed Free Rides for 12/31/20 SF Muni Confirmed for 12/31/20 On New more...

SF's Cable Cars Are Decked Out for the HolidaysSF’s Cable Cars Are Decked Out for the Holidays
By - posted 12/10/2020
City Insight, Only in San Francisco

San Francisco’s beloved cable cars are dressed up for the holidays. You can snap a photo of the iconic cable cars in their holiday finest every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through the New Year, from 10am – 3pm. The historic landmark cable cars will be parked at Powell & Market, accompanied by more...

50 Foot Sculpture Garden May Be Coming to SF50 Foot Sculpture Garden May Be Coming to SF
By - posted 12/6/2020
Artsy Fartsy, City Insight, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy

San Francisco is looking for artists to be considered for an temporary sculpture outdoor exhibition featuring large sculptures ranging from 20-50 ft in height to be displayed in Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley. The San Francisco Arts Commission is soliciting submissions to establish a pool of existing sculptures, ranging in height more...

Winona Ryder Lists Her $5 Million San Francisco HouseWinona Ryder Lists Her $5 Million San Francisco House
By - posted 11/25/2020
City Insight

Thanks to The Dirt for dishing the news that Winona Ryder has just listed her San Francisco home.  Screen Queen Winona Ryder has called Union Street in Cow Hollow home (or at least one of her homes) for the past 25 years. Her beautiful Dutch Colonial home with its gambrel roof more...

Ocean Beach is Getting a New Walking Trail (& Parking Lot)Ocean Beach is Getting a New Walking Trail (& Parking Lot)
By - posted 11/21/2020
Brand New, City Insight, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy

Ocean Beach is getting a new walking and cycling trail with a new parking lot, restroom and a plaza. The new project will also provide pedestrian access to the shore­­ and connect up with the existing trail network.  The Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Project is situated along the Great Highway south more...

Will SF Ban People Smoking in Their Apartments?Will SF Ban People Smoking in Their Apartments?
By - posted 11/14/2020
City Insight, Only in San Francisco

Thanks to SF Examiner for letting us know about a new proposal to ban smoking in apartment units in SF. Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee is pushing a new piece of legislation forward which would prohibit people from smoking tobacco or cannabis in their apartments in buildings with 3 or more more...

SF Gets $239 Million For Its ParksSF Gets $239 Million For Its Parks
By - posted 11/11/2020
Brand New, City Insight, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy

San Francisco’s parks are getting some love. The newly passed 2020 Health and Recovery Bond will fund priority investments in mental health and homelessness, parks and recreation spaces, and essential public infrastructure including street resurfacing, curb ramps, and street structures and plazas, all with the goal of supporting economic recovery and more...