Monthly Archives: December 2010

Still to come…

Carl and Cole

Will be away for the holidays, but here’s some of what’s to come later this month and into the new year on Cole Valley Alley:

Grocery Store Wars (The Rebellion vs. The Empire): I’ll be speaking to local grocers (Real Foods, Frederick Street Super Market, Alpha Market, and others) about their reaction to the impending opening of the new Whole Foods at Haight & Stanyan, and what their plans are to stay competitive/afloat.  We’ll also look at their histories and contributions to the community.

Stonehenge: We’ll be investigating the old circle of stones imbedded in the street at Frederick & Shrader (and other locations throughout the City). Are they the location of an ancient worshiping site, a new form of urban crop circle, or maybe just an old cable car turn around?

Bulbs!: We’ll take a look at the proposed sidewalk/N-Judah stop bulbouts on Carl at Stanyan and Cole.

Happy Solstice!


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Do we exist?

Not according to Curbed SF, who left our fair neighborhood out of their 2010 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year competition.  Apparently they also have little regard for Cow Hollow, Balboa Park, Glen Park, The Excelsior, Haight-Ashbury, Visitacion Valley, Russian Hill, Polk Gulch, Hunters Point, Pacific Heights, and The Marina (among others).  I think we can all agree that The Marina should be left out, but I’m surprised neighborhoods like Cole Valley, Haight-Ashbury and Russian Hill didn’t make the cut.

It appears the initial 16 neighborhoods were largely chosen based on comments & e-mails sent in response to the 12/6/10 post announcing the Cup.

Apparently there aren’t many Curbed SF readers residing in Cole Valley, or maybe it’s been too quiet here, but isn’t the quiet bustle part of what makes our neighborhood so great?

Maybe we can get into a last minute wild card round?  Russian Hill vs. Cole Valley?


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And so it begins…

Welcome to the first post of the Cole Valley Alley!  In case the blog title didn’t give it away, this’ll be your destination for everything Cole Valley, from profiles of local businesses, to planned streetscape improvements, community happenings, hidden treasures, and more!

Please let us know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see and/or contribute.

Sunset Tunnel under construction in 1926.

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