A brand-new, fenced-off, empty, manicured Zen Garden:
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Get all the deets of the FREE FARM right here.
“The Free Farm is an urban farm founded in January 2010, by a constellation of non-profit organizations in San Francisco. We are located on a 1/3 acre lot on the corner of Gough and Eddy Streets on a parcel loaned to us by St. Paulus Lutheran Church. In our first year we have built a farm, grown and given away over 2,500 pounds of fresh organic produce, convened gardening and urban homesteading workshops, and hosted community, school, and religious groups. Come by on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm or the first Sunday of the month from 10am – noon, to visit the farm or lend a hand.”
Why don’t you check things out the next time you’re in the Western Addition?
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All the deets:
“Since its creation in January 2010, the Free Farm, as become many things to many different people.
-to cultivate the earth by growing fresh organic vegetables
-to cultivate ourselves by tending to the well-being of body and mind, soul, and spirit
-to cultivate society by creating a microcosm of mutuality, simplicity, generosity, and love
How we live out our intentions:
-grow and give away food, seedlings, and garden supplies to those who are in need
-offer garden, environmental, wellness education
-facilitate diverse spiritual practices
-advocate for environmental, climate, and food justice
-practice hospitality and host community events”
See you there!
As you espy that grand palace at the top of Trader Joe’s Hill west of Eddy and east of the Avenues, you think Poor Suzanne Somers* – she got kicked out of San Francisco College for Women (nee Lone Mountain College for Women, nee San Francisco College for Women) for getting preggers back in ’64.
What a different world it was back then.
At the top of the hill, the Lone Mountain Campus of the University of San Francisco:
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*Now you kids don’t remember Suzanne Somers but here she is back in the day, the PG-13 version (oddly Photoshopped, for some purpose), and then here’s the R-rated Full Monty, though it looks more like something from an especially joyful mammogram, which she probably could have used at the time as she’s now a breast cancer survivor. Speaking of which, don’t “have a discussion with your doctor” when you turn 40 ladies, just demand your mommygram, that’s it, no discussion needed, to Hell with any federal task force.
Only Time Will Tell.
As recently seen on Polk, near the western fringe of the crime-ridden Tenderloin. Criminals tend to not like crowds of potential witnesses, so dread nought.
Why not get in line at 652 Polk betwixt Eddy and Turk, dine and then make a post to the Yelp, as thousands have before you?
[Eric Fischer, yes the Famous Eric Fischer, helpfully points out that changing Ellis to two ways isn't on the agenda this go-around. We'll see...]
Appears as if one-way street twins Ellis and Eddy (or maybe just Ellis?) will soon become two ways in the (crime-ridden) Tenderloin, or so surmises the The Tender (Blog).
Check out the Tender’s shot of the action below, and note the “illegal” James Keys for Supervisor placard in the lower right.
“You maniacs! You twoed it up! God damn you. God damn you all to hell!”
Nobody told me about this, anyway.
Ellis and Eddy streets are a one-way pair that serve as important east-west transit, pedestrian, and bicycle routes through the dense, crime-ridden Tenderloin-Little Saigon neighborhood, and serve as a gateway to the crime-ridden Tenderloin from the Powell Street BART-Muni Station. The crime-ridden Tenderloin-Little Saigon Neighborhood Transportation Plan, adopted last year by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, recommended restoring two-way traffic on these streets, as well as making the streets more walkable, simplifying the twisting and confusing Muni routes, and adding bicycle lanes.
A resolution authored by Supervisor Chris Daly was approved by the board of Supervisors in Fall 2007. It calls for restoring two-way traffic on Ellis and Eddy and improving the important pedestrian crossing at Ellis and Cyril Magnin streets next to Powell Street Station. The resolution also tasks the MTA with creating a comprehensive plan for further improvements, including corner bulb-outs, landscaping and lighting, and better transit access. Livable City is working with City agencies and crime-ridden Tenderloin advocates to get the traffic changes enacted, and the next phases planned and funded.
That means that the planed MEGA NEW YEARS EVE 2011 won’t be all that mega:
But, the joint will still be open as a bar, so that’s some consolation.
All the deets, below.
San Francisco’s Happy Warrior isn’t too happy with the operators of 181 Eddy these days:
“Herrera upholds permit suspensions for violent Tenderloin nightclub over New Year’s Eve. Entertainment Commission suspended permits for ‘Suite 181′ for 48-hours because of escalating violence, public safety problems
SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 31, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today successfully defended the 48-hour suspension of entertainment and extended hours permits for a controversial Tenderloin nightclub over New Year’s Eve due to serious concerns about the escalating pattern of violence and public safety problems there. Lawyers for “Suite 181″ at 181 Eddy Street appeared at an emergency hearing in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon to seek a Temporary Restraining Order against the City’s public safety suspension, which the Entertainment Commission issued yesterday. After a hearing that lasted almost two hours, Judge Richard A. Kramer issued a written ruling rejecting the club’s argument that the First Amendment prevented the City from protecting safety on New Year’s Eve. Judge Kramer held that the “rights claimed by plaintiffs are not absolute and are subject to reasonable restraints regulation in order to serve a public interest.”
“This case is about defending city officials’ duty to protect public safety when there is clear evidence for doing so,” said Herrera. “Suite 181 has required 190 police service calls in the preceding year alone, and the lawlessness and violence there have been escalating recently. The Entertainment Commission’s emergency permit suspension isn’t simply about protecting safety. It’s also about assuring fairness to the large majority of responsible entertainment venues that invest the resources necessary to keep their customers and neighborhoods safe. I applaud Judge Kramer for recognizing the serious responsibility San Francisco officials have to protect our residents and visitors.”
Herrera’s defense of the Entertainment Commission’s action, which was recommended by the San Francisco Police Department, relied on the significantly heightened risk of violent crime on New Year’s Eve, citing police estimates that San Francisco can expect at least 500,000 out-of-town visitors for the holiday. Additional evidence presented to the court established that the errant establishment had been responsible for 190 calls for service to police in the preceding year alone, including for incidents involving shootings, assaults, sexual battery and unlawful weapons possession. Lawyers for Herrera’s office argued that the Entertainment Commission was fulfilling its duty to protect public safety by suspending the club’s permits, citing Acting Executive Director Jocelyn Kane’s conclusion that “there is a substantial risk of a violent incident or other serious public safety problem occurring at Suite 181 on New Year’s Eve.” The operative period for the suspension upheld today is Dec. 31, 2010 at 3 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2011 at 3 p.m. Lawyers for the club have advised the City that the venue will be open until 2 a.m. as a bar only.
Related documents are available at http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.
Here it is, at the corner of Eddy and Larkin in the Tenderloin,* the former 68-room Leslie Hotel, formerly student housing for the California Culinary Academy, it’s 581 Eddy, or 587 Eddy if you’d prefer. See?
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Well, it got taken over today. They’re calling it “Creative Housing Liberation.”
Steve Rhodes, who’s all over town, went up to the second floor this afternoon to capture the action:
Here are the deets from Steve:
Now, would you like to buy it?
All the deets:
Total Monthly Income: $64,600
SRO Total (projected $800 mo. ea.) $56,000
Commercial Total (projected) $8,600
Commercial Space (vacant) $3,000 per month
Sandwich Shop $1,500 per month
Liquor Store $2,600 per month
Last Verified 12/3/2009Listing ID 16306009
“PRICE REDUCTION, MOTIVATED SELLER” The Leslie Hotel is centrally located at the corner of Eddy and Larkin, the gateway to San Francisco’s bustling “Little Saigon” district, where two eight ton granite and marble pillars stand as a symbol of peace and happiness for the community. The Leslie Hotel is a six story, 29,171-square foot concrete building on a 5,031-square foot lot. The hotel consists of 68 guest rooms, many with views and all with private bathrooms. 48 of the rooms are designated for tourist hotel use and 20 are residential hotel rooms, which can be rented on a weekly or monthly basis. Additionally, there is a one-bedroom/one-bathroom managers unit.
During the past 10+ years, the hotel portion of the property was master leased to California Culinary Academy as student housing. Recently vacated by the Academy, a rare opportunity exists for a new owner to renovate the hotel with complete flexibility. At ground level there are four highly sought after commercial spaces providing immediate in place income.
The Leslie Hotel sits directly across the street from the Phoenix Hotel which is owned and operated by Joie De Vivre Hospitality the largest independent hotel owner and operator in the State of California. This vibrant changing neighborhood is home to many hip new restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It is also conveniently located to San Francisco City Hall, Civic Center, Asian Art Museum, Public Library, Davies Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House and many more San Francisco landmarks.
For a qualified investor the seller has a lender who has informed them they will put a first deed of trust on the property. This opportunity will allow an investor to acquire a completely vacant hotel in the high barriers to entry San Francisco hopitality market.
Ever more deets, after the jump
*Or, the Uptown Tenderloin(!) [chuckle], or “Uptown” [doubleplus chuckle]. Or, more seriously, Little Saigon.
Just happened to be passing through the Western Addition last night*, north of the North of Panhandle / NOPA area, when it was fairly obvious the SFPD was bringing it to the intersection of Eddy and Divisadero, like 20 vehicles and cops walking around with AR-15′s, the works.
Welcome machine gun – as seen on a sidewalk of Divisadero Street last night. Click to expand:
Word on the street is that somebody fired a weapon (a shotgun? a “12-gauge shotgun”?) at somebody and then ran through the unlit parking lot of the New Liberation Presbyterian Church. Here’s the Google Maps (now with real-time bus arrival information, apparently) map:
And here’s the manhunt, in progress, complete with a Fillmore Center-style skyscraper residential building (is that an old failure of the bad old Redevelopment Agency or a new failure of the “new and improved” Redevelopment Agency? I can’t tell the difference, really) in the background.
(I gotta say, there appeared to be excellent trigger control and muzzle discipline from all the officers brandishing long guns - and that’s a Good Thing.)
So the manhunt continued through the parking lot for a while until everyone was satisfied that nobody was lurking about. The cops then widened the search. (A church-goer was going on about how the SFPD was “claiming” that shot(s) were fired in the area, and I was thinking, well, do you suppose the cops just all of a sudden decided to take their damn machine guns** out for a midnight stroll? Oh well.)
Is this kind of police call a common occurrence? I don’t know. Since nobody got injured, apparently, it’s not something likely to make the papers or SFist.com but at the time it seemed like a war was going on.
The block of Eddy shown above was the very one where District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was planting shrubbery on Saturday (and actually the photo above shows some of the new plants).
You can’t say that the government is ignoring this particular block of San Francisco, that’s for sure.
Speaking of which, here’s Eddy and Divisadero pre-Redevelopment-era, from 1947:
No bike lanes of course, but no ugly medians either.
And a streetcar, don’t forget the streetcar.
For all I know, this is just another day in the Western A, but it seemed like a big deal at the time. If there were reports of shots being fired on my block, I wouldn’t mind a massive response from the SFPD. Just saying.
[UPDATE: EveryBlock has the story, or at least a few details...]
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Appended call
1200 block of Pierce St. Gun-shot detector
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Unknown
Pierce St. and Ellis St. Shots fired
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Appended call
1100 block of Pierce St. Gun-shot detector
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Assignment handled
*Looking for “Crazy” Rob Anderson‘s car – they say he doesn’t have one – can you believe that!?!?!?! Nooooooo!!!!
**Not really a machine gun, but a kissing cousin of an M-16 assault rifle.
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Crab garlic fries. Yes, crab garlic fries:
Swinging on the Geary Bridge. Beginners welcome:
Today’s swing sched:
Pony rides, as one might expect to see so near to bucolic Post Street.
Tired doggies resting on Fillmore Street:
Ordinary people doing the extraordinary – the San Francisco Police Department. Starting salary at over $72,000. They’re hiring!
The biggest bank of Honda generators I’ve ever seen. Well, at least they don’t call it an “Eco-Urban” festival, the way they do with the Union Street Fair.
The Fillmore Jazz Fest continues tomorrow.
See you there!
Every summer on July 4th weekend in San Francisco, Fillmore Street is home to the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast: The Fillmore Jazz Festival.
The festival annually attracts more than 90,000 people from all over the City, the Bay Area, and beyond. Visitors gather to celebrate and enjoy a musical tradition of live jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel as well as local culture and fine cuisine in the heart of the city by the bay.
This year the Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary by once again blending art and soul from sunup to sundown, from Jackson to Eddy, presenting the music of old favorites as well as new ‘up and comers’ on multiple stages. You can also browse 8 blocks of fine arts and crafts, enjoy gourmet food and beverages, and participate in cooking demos by the Fillmore’s finest chefs.
More deets after the jump.