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News About Town

Photo Credit: Reuters/Kyodo via Burrito Justice & The Atlantic

Some frightening photos of the post-earthquake tsunami in Japan (Burrito Justice)

Tsunami waves wreak havoc on Santa Cruz, Crescent City Harbors (SFist)

Rachel Levin considers the true cost of shopping at Whole Foods Haight (The Bold Italic)

Matt Baume also examines the Haight Street “Supermarket Wars” (NBC Bay Area)

Rec & Park moving forward with Haight-Ashbury Recycling Center eviction despite Board of Supes vote (Bay Citizen)

Major transit/bike/ped improvements on the way for Church & Duboce (Streetsblog SF)

Hop on board the magic school… TRAIN?! (Telstar Logistics)

Mayor Bloomberg, meet Mayor Lee (SFGate)

Get your Irish on! St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival TOMORROW (Bay Area On The Cheap)


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Expanded Haight Street Market OPEN!

The expansion of Haight Street Market is mostly complete and officially opened for business yesterday. Check out all the details at Eater SF, then head over to SF Weekly for their great follow up piece.


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Lots of Love for Proposed 9th Ave Parklet

Image rendering by architect Jack Verdon

Per Streetsblog & The N Judah Chronicles, Inner Sunset neighbors are overwhelmingly in support of a new parklet planned for the space in front of Arizmendi Bakery.

Wouldn’t a similar parklet be a great addition to Cole Valley? How about right in front of Zazie, where large crowds often fill the sidewalk awaiting seats for brunch; or maybe outside the planned Ice Cream Bar?

Lets start the discussion with Cole Valley business owners to get them on board.


Filed under Local Business, Streetscape

Haight Street Market Expansion Underway

Construction for the Haight Street Market expansion is in full swing. Although it appears there’s still much to be done, an employee at the market says they’re hoping to have the work completed within the next few weeks.


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Mirkarimi Breaks Bread With Whole Foods

New Haight Street Whole Foods

After a surprise soft launch on Monday, the new Haight & Stanyan Whole Foods had their official grand opening this morning with the breaking of the bread (an eight-foot sourdough loaf), speeches from Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Haight Ashbury Improvement Association President Ted Lowenberg and others, and the presentation of a $50,000 loan check to Marin’s Rustic Bakery.

Supervisor Mirkarimi talked about how the new store will be an anchor for the community, but made clear that it shouldn’t be here to put the other local natural food grocers out of business. I asked if he plans to make an appearance at Haight Street Market to celebrate the completion of their expansion once construction is complete. “Absolutely!” he said, adding that he had meant to mention them in his speech.

I also asked about his rumored mayoral ambitions and he said that as of right now, rumors are all they are, as he has yet to make any formal announcement. He’s still weighing his options, including a possible run for Sheriff in which he could put his law enforcement background to use.

Some photos from the opening below.

The breaking of the bread, a Whole Foods tradition for new locations.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi enjoys some sourdough.

Presentation of loan check to Rustic Bakery.

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Community Garden Meeting Tonight

Despite the BoS Committee Hearing held this morning to discuss the eviction of the HANC Recycling Center (more on that soon), plans continue moving forward for the Community Garden set to take its place. There will be a community meeting tonight to discuss the preparations for the new garden (construction, bed building, etc.). The meeting is being held at McLaren Lodge (Fell & Stanyan) from 5:30 PM – 7 PM.

If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even make a Valentine’s connection with a fellow community garden aficionado and go from plant beds to your bed… or just head out back.

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Get Your LOVE On!

Photo by Keoki Seu

Happy Valentines Day from Cole Valley Alley!

If, like us, you still haven’t figured out what to do, here are some local (and semi-local) options:

– Stay out of the rain by cuddling up at home with a romantic dinner and sensual massage.
– Grab some gourmet chocolates from Coco-luxe Confections (1673 Haight Street, @ Cole, open ’till 8 PM).
– Pick up some cheese, chocolate and/or wine from Say Cheese (856 Cole Street, open ’till 7 PM).
– Find a nice bottle of vino at Val De Cole Wines & Spirits (906 Cole Street).
– Check out Sunny Country (1101 Stanyan Street) for some lovely bouquets.
– As it’ll be near impossible to get a reservation anywhere at this point, try snagging a table at Cha Cha Cha. They don’t take reservations, so as long as you get there early (they open at 5 PM) you should be able to get a table pretty quickly. If there is a wait, hang out in the bar with a pitcher of their delicious sangria.
– If you’re sick of all this love crap, and want to get covered in wet feathers, head down to the annual PILLOW FIGHT starting at 6 PM at Justin Herman Plaza.

Check out SF Station and SFist for several other VD Events.

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