Western-style capitalism has arrived at a very strange place. Image-consciousness has become such a powerful force that it's the first thing many companies think of whenever they consider a new initiative -- not the initiative itself, but how that initiative will be perceived. That's why when Mark ... More >>
Back in February, San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius began a piece about the changes taking place in San Francisco with the following two sentences: "Gentrification," he wrote. "It's happening with surprisingly little grumbling." Which raises the question: Just which Internet is Chuck Ne ... More >>
Taste of Microfinance Where: East Gardens, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.) When: Thurs., Oct. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $40 (purchase in advance via Eventbrite); $50 (door) The rundown: Non-profit microlender Opportunity Fund hosts this annual tasting event featuring dish ... More >>
Taste of MicrofinanceWhen: Sept. 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.Where: Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsCost: $40 in advance, $50 at the door Some people call money "bread" or "cheddar," but you can do better than a cheese sandwich at the Taste of Microfinance. Opportunity Fund claims be the largest microl ... More >>
Pulling a fast one?Mayor Ed Lee is pushing through last-minute legislation today that would let the city borrow $70 million for redevelopment spending. And that's one way to end-run Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to strip cities of redevelopment agencies.The money would be used to help build out t ... More >>
Ken TaylorDaVinciEasily the most surprising and refreshing hip-hop record to come out of the Bay Area this year is the first album from DaVinci, The Day the Turf Stood Still. Not only did that record revitalize this writer's faith in local hip-hop, but praise for the massive debut has come f ... More >>
If you had 1:35 a.m. in your Lennar Hunters Point Naval Shipyard pool as the hour the Board of Supervisors would vote on the massive project -- you're the big winner. The board approved the gargantuan redevelopment plan by an 8-3 vote this morning following at least 10 hours of meetings and oft-i ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs What's that, you say? Didn't Gavin already give a Newsom-isode on the economy? Well, yes, but that was the "Economic Climate." This is the Newsom-isode on "Economic Development." What's the difference? Well, one kind of tells you what Gavin plans to do, and the other kind o ... More >>
Don't be too concerned with the originators of Proposition 98. instead, look at what they might deliver.
Hip-hop theater artist Danny Hoch plays many characters who all deliver the same message: Gentrification is bad
Bamako puts globalization on trial
Online microfinance can unleash your inner Rockefeller
A questionable proposition may dramatically inhibit the city's attempts to regulate growth
Visitacion Valley might have its dream transit village in a few years, if only Ingersoll-Rand will get out of the way
Could it be the activists who claim they're trying to rebuild it?
Is the Mission really gentrified? Bouncer dives in deep to find out
A journalist frets about job security, then realizes things could be worse -- he could be a janitor at Yahoo!
Fillmore Street's "Walk of Fame"
The fear of change has been an ongoing parable of San Francisco. The city needs a new parable.
Maybe Nader voters should be slapped around a bit; their leftist purity will likely bring us four very squalid years
A federal audit reveals the waste and mismanagement that ruined a once-promising minority aid program
Anarchy Through Government (and Vice Versa)
Conservatives Help Fund Anti-WTO Rally
The Gentrification Acceleration Project, South Park, and Spot the Chronicle Book
In a city that loves to hate chain stores, plans for a new Pottery Barn in the Castro are scarcely raising a peep. The neighborhood may regret it.
A strange mix of art, politics, and economic policy stalls renovation of the York Theater and revitalization of the Mission District
Planning Commission gives up most authority over waterfront development