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Remaking Market Street

A mess that doesn't work well for any users is on track for improvement
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steve@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY Market Street is a mess that doesn't work well for any of its users. In famously fractious San Francisco, that's something politicians and citizens of all political stripes can agree on — and it's now something that a wide variety of city agencies and interest groups have finally started to work on improving, experiment by experiment.

Mayor Gavin Newsom's Sept. 10 announcement of a series of pilot projects on Market Street — including a plan to divert many automobiles from Market Street that begins Sept. Read more »

Crunch time

Lennar and its partners make final push to approve massive development proposal
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sarah@sfbg.com

The proposal by city officials and Lennar Corp. to build more than 10,000 new housing units at Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point is entering a critical phase, particularly for Bayview-Hunters Point residents who want greater oversight and scrutiny of the project.

Candidates are lining up to replace termed-out District 10 Sup. Read more »

Microfinance for radicals

The Agape Foundation has proven that a little money can help grassroots organizations go a long way
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news@sfbg.com

In 1969, 11 antiwar protesters loced up at the Santa Rita County Jail began questioning each other about the future of the movement. By the time they were released, they'd decided that the creative nonviolent projects that were emerging would all need funding — and the Agape Foundation was born.

Agape, which celebrates its 40th anniversary Sept. 24, is not the only progressive foundation in San Francisco, and not the only source of money for small progressive groups. Read more »

Of human bondage

THE SEX ISSUE: The Bay's wonderful women of BDSM aren't bound by convention
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culture@sfbg.com

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Swingin' with a star: Madison Young, photographed by Pat Mazzera

San Francisco is America's capital of kink. Read more »

Invasion of the bedbugs

How we dealt with these disgusting little bloodsuckers; and why we still fear stigma and our landlord
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news@sfbg.com

Editor's Note: The writer has penned this story under a pseudonym because of concerns about social stigma and backlash from his landlord, as he discusses below.

More than three weeks had passed since our hike through Yosemite, so my girlfriend and I were starting to worry that the festering egg-shaped welts appearing daily on her arms, legs, and stomach weren't just a late reaction to mountain mosquitoes. Read more »

Urban man

Burning Man seeks a higher perennial profile as Black Rock City cultivates the metropolitan ideal
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steve@sfbg.com

Maybe Burning Man can't save the world, but its leaders and participants are increasingly focused on using the models and principles involved with building and dismantling Black Rock City in the Nevada desert every year to help renew and restore urbanism in the 21st century.

The arts festival and countercultural gathering that was born in San Francisco 23 years long ago defied the doomsayers and became a perpetual institution, particularly here in the Bay Area, where it has become a year-round culture with its own unique social mores, language, fashion, calendar, ethos, Read more »

Appetite: Root beer floats, grilled moist melts, shrimp creole, and more

Food-and-drink spots, deals, events and news
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Every week, Virginia Miller of personalized itinerary service and monthly food, drink, and travel newsletter, www.theperfectspotsf.com, shares foodie news, events, and deals. Read more »

Appetite: Joy of Sake and Ghirardelli Chocolate Fest bring the flavor

Food-and-drink spots, deals, events and news
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Every week, Virginia Miller of personalized itinerary service and monthly food, drink, and travel newsletter, www.theperfectspotsf.com, shares foodie news, events, and deals. Read more »

Lawns to highrises

Radical redevelopment for Parkmerced raises the question: What do we do with the suburbs?
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rebeccab@sfbg.com

When Aaron Goodman walks the grounds at Parkmerced, a sprawling apartment complex spanning about 116 acres in southwestern San Francisco, he picks up on details that might escape the notice of a casual observer. Read more »

Word on the street

Street Sheet celebrates its 20th anniversary of helping the homeless and raising their issues
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news@sfbg.com

You see them everywhere. When you're getting off Muni, when you're crossing the street, in the corner of your eye: Street Sheets for sale. Behind every Street Sheet is a homeless person trying to legitimately make a buck and provide a voice for these frequently-ignored people and issues.

This month Street Sheet celebrates its 20th anniversary as the nation's oldest, continuously operating street newspaper. Read more »