The biggest Whole Foods in San Francisco — a 55,000-square-foot store to be located at Market and Eighth streets — is expected to become the hub of a neighborhood that has seen an explosion of new housing and tech offices but lacks the conveniences and amenities of an established neighborhood. The store will open in 2021 during the fourth and final phase of Trinity Place, a 1,900-unit, four-building rental complex that has been under construction for a decade. The location will be the closest full-service grocery store for tens of thousands of residents — not only in Mid-Market but also the Tenderloin, Civic Center and western SoMa. Trinity Place, which replaced the old Del Webb’s Towne House Motel, has been under construction since 2008. So far, it consists of 1,398 units spread across three buildings, two on Mission Street and one on Eighth Street. Trinity Properties started construction on the final 503-unit tower last fall. In addition to the Whole Foods, … [Read more...] about San Francisco’s massive new Whole Foods set to transform Mid-Market
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Perched on a busy San Francisco street corner, pockets stuffed with $125 in cash, we tried to hand out free money to passersby. Most people did not take the money. Those who did, did so skeptically. We are told from a young age, "Never take candy from strangers." But what of cold, hard cash? The substance may change, but the attitude does not. Our task began on Chestnut Street in the Marina District, as we took turns approaching strangers to ask if they'd like a few dollars. Many thought we needed change for the parking meters, many kept walking. Nearly everyone didn't want to be bothered. The demographic of passersby was largely what you would expect in the upscale Marina on a weekday afternoon — mostly white, mostly young. Ages ranged from teenage to elderly, and it seemed to matter in our experiment. We're twenty- and thirty-somethings ourselves, so the people most inclined to stop and chat were of the same age. Generally, men were more receptive than women — the latter … [Read more...] about We handed out free money in San Francisco. Here’s what it revealed about our cultural bubble.
San Francisco has a problem with its elderly citizens. There are too many of them. More than 37,000 homes in the city are owned or rented by people 65 or older. And about a quarter of our seniors are considered poor and need public assistance of some kind. Meanwhile, we have a growing housing crisis, with thousands of young, productive tech workers — who frankly are the future of our city — forced to pay exorbitant rents and to stuff themselves into veal-pen-like apartments. Something does not compute here. It might not be politically correct, but there is a solution. Call it, if you will, an “immodest proposal,” with no apologies to Jonathan Swift. Put the old onto the streets, and nature will soon take its course. Even the mere threat of eviction is enough to get rid of some of these frail souls, who could succumb from worry and stress and the other challenges of life that the more hardy can endure. In fact, in recent months, three ancient mariners — … [Read more...] about Old people of San Francisco, your time is up
A side street west of the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland will soon take the name of Oscar Grant, the man killed on the platform by a transit police officer more than a decade ago. BART directors unanimously approved the request from Grant’s family at a board meeting Thursday. Friends, relatives and community supporters originally wanted the entire station to be renamed in Grant’s honor — which they say remains a goal. Wanda Johnson, Grant’s mother, said she was grateful for the vote and called the action a form of “atonement” by the agency. “We’re going to take one step at a time,” she said. “We just have to continue to press, continue to chip away. You’re going to reach your destination in due season.” Former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle shot unarmed Grant in the back while he was pinned down by a second officer early on New Year’s Day in 2009. Mehserle argued that he thought he was firing his Taser … [Read more...] about BART to name street next to Fruitvale Station as Oscar Grant Way
Independent lab tests ordered by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission found no evidence of pesticides in San Francisco’s drinking water, the agency announced Thursday. The SFPUC collected and analyzed 21 water samples following a minor panic last week after several residents in the Sunset District complained that their store-bought water-testing kits yielded positive results for the herbicides Atrazine and Simazine. Their concerns were amplified over social media. “These independent test results confirm what our rigorous testing and monitoring program continues to show — that the water we deliver to customers meets and often exceeds drinking water standards,” SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly said in a statement. The agency conducted more than 100,000 water-quality tests last year. Regular monitoring showed no signs of pesticides before the independent lab tests. “We appreciate that our residents care deeply about the city’s water supply … [Read more...] about SF water safe to drink — tests after scare in Sunset show no pesticides