The Market Hall is open on Market St. downtown, combining a gourmet grocery store and restaurant. It’s the first of four locations nationwide with the flagship set to open in San Francisco. The restaurant hadn’t opened yet when we visited a couple weeks ago, but we liked the large communal seating tables inside.
Hawthorn Coffee opened last week on Adams in Normal Heights, offering pour-overs and yet another solid coffee option on a street with many of them:
Here in Kensington, Ken Video has re-opened in a smaller version, and includes Vidajuice juice bar. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything, right? Kensington Pet Supply down the street will be moving into the space next door, which is also owned by the Ken Video folks.
Two doors east, Peevey Jewelers will close in February after 35 years in operation in Kensington; the business began downtown in 1946. And just down the street from us, Papapizza from the Pappalecco folks looks close to opening.
New restaurant and cocktail bar Madison opens tonight on in University Heights next door to Park & Rec, completing the transformation from Bourbon Street/Lei Lounge. The interior looks amazing (sadly you can’t see it in this shot):
Further south on Park, would it be possible to annex the Egyptian Quarter from Hillcrest into North Park? With mixed-use project Mr. Robinson (pictured below) about complete, and forward-looking businesses like Heat Bar and Kitchen and MJ’s Cyclery nearby, this block has a different feel than the rest of the now-stodgy neighborhood:
Pizza mini-chain Flour and Barley is coming to the former Pizzeria Mozza location at the Headquarters any day now, and we had lunch at their Las Vegas location last weekend. The stools fashioned from recycled Formula 1 circuit oil barrels were a neat touch:
– On the housing front, media outlets are picking up on the inequity that results from the exclusionary zoning created by established property owners:
- Your Landlord Hurts Growth and Aggravates Inequality: “Existing landlords have lots of power in local politics, while potential landlords and tenants, because they are still living elsewhere, have zero.”
- Regulatory constraints on housing alone depressed GDP by 9.5%: “Millions of Americans are moving from high-productivity cities to low-productivity cities. They’re doing this because they can’t find affordable housing in those high-productivity cities.”
- Is there a “cross-ideological consensus” on zoning reform?: “Anyone who thinks there is a “consensus” about the damage caused by too-strict zoning ought to attend the next community development meeting in their neighborhood.” (Uptown Planners meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Avenue.)
- “Real power is held by homeowners, who are interested primarily in maximizing the value of their property: their homes.”
– Here in San Diego, Don Bauder at the San Diego Reader notes San Diego’s unaffordable housing and its negative impact on residents and the local economy: “Housing affordability is one of the nation’s worst. That’s a reason that domestic migration outflow tops inflow: how many families can afford San Diego?”
I was surprised to read this since Bauder is one of the biggest NIMBYs at a publication that ceaselessly questions every new housing project in the region. Bauder actually wrote an article opposing new development because of our city’s water situation, while neglecting to mention the city’s $3.5 billion dollar wastewater recycling project, or Carlsbad’s new desalination plant. Yes Don, San Diego’s housing affordability is one of the nation’s worst, in part because folks like you write biased pieces opposing new housing supply.
Bauder is hardly the most biased writer employed by the Reader. While nearly every piece on development in the publication neglects to mention the region’s housing crisis, two authors, Barbara Garazoa and Susan Luzzaro, are particularly guilty of only presenting anti-development views. In a recent piece, Luzarro quotes one Chula Vista resident opposed to transit-oriented development as saying “Chula Vista has enough housing”. If that were the case, why are apartment rents up over 40% there in the past 3 years? Surely that couldn’t have been too hard to look up.
So for the new year, I’m naively asking the Reader (again) to fact check NIMBY statements like the one above, and to at least acknowledge the region’s housing crisis in any development-related coverage.
– Finishing up: