Monday, October 16, 2006
A major goal of the program will be to encourage property owners to take ownership of their own neighborhood by creating Community Benefit Districts. Existing San Francisco CBDs include:
Mission Miracle Mile
Shanghai currently employs 28,000 street sweepers.
New York City currently has over 600 B.I.D.'s: Business Improvement Districts.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
San Francisco has a lively theatre scene. There are many performance spaces, and more companies than can fill them. But there is no centralizing hub for the community. There is no single place where one can go to sit in a cafe and have a coffee or a beer before wandering around the art gallery, and finally stopping at the bulletin board of city-wide show announcements and the table of flyers, before filing in to one of the several theatre spaces to see their chosen show.
The closest to this kind of experience in San Francisco is Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The community element isn't there, though. It's uninviting, too big, too squeaky clean, to mall-ish. When I want to immerse myself in the local experimental theatre community, I don't say to myself, "I'll just head down to Yerba Buena, grab a coffee and see what's going on."
I like to daydream about what could be, and where. Laughing Squid posted this notice today:
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"NEW" Historic Chinatown Theater Available
SAN FRANCISCO-- The historic Great Star Theater, the last of SF
Chinatown's major houses, will be holding tours for prospective
renters/ partners on FRIDAY 10/20 and SATURDAY 10/21 at 3pm and by
special appointment. We invite you to give feedback on future
upgrades (or just book the theater!).
RSVP to Jon Lowe -- GreatStarTheater@yahoo.com -- for exact address.
Please forward to film/ video/ theater/ dance/ etc people who may be
The Great Star Theater was built in 1925 as a Cantonese opera house.
Film screenings were added in 1940. The main floor holds 574 seats,
with 125 more in the balcony. There is a working fly system, full
crossover space, and dressing rooms below the stage. Lighting is
rudimentary. There is no sound system. The film projectors have not
been touched since 1999. The projection screen is still in place,
upstage of the linesets used for live performances.
Some office space is available for rent to long-term partners.
Theater rental will be on a sliding scale, tbd. Our goal is to make
the theater accessible to the greater community.
Online images coming soon...
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Monday, October 2, 2006
City Hall, Room 263
Monday, October 2, 2006
Police Foot Patrols
Ordinance adopting Section 10A.1 of the San Francisco Administrative Code to establish a one-year pilot program requiring foot patrols in crime-impacted areas within the boundaries of Northern Park, Tenderloin, Mission and Ingelside Police District Stations, and require reporting and review on the effectiveness of the foot patrols.