Oh, jeez, I hate to be that guy — and by that guy, I mean the guy who comments “that’s not the Haight, that’s the Panhandle, you idiots would know that if you had lived in San Francisco as long as I have” one some news story about a shooting or something. But I am about to be that guy, or, more precisely, about to quote him or her.

Chron reporter John Wildermuth begins his nice article on community papers like the The Sunset Beacon and the The Potrero View with this paragraph (corrected at around 9:30 today, here’s how it appeared in print and online until then):

PG&E is brightening the street lights along Persia Avenue in the Excelsior. Richmond District residents are upset that Muni buses are now running along 15th Street. The reopened Potrero Hill public library is boosting business on 20th Street.

Later he says that these neighborhood papers “can cover neighborhood issues in a way larger, more regionally oriented papers like The Chronicle could never do.”

One has to wonder if street maps fall under the heading of “neighborhood issues,” as, as Gate commenter JazzHelps notes:


Update: Commenter Tom notes that the story was corrected on SFGate shortly after we published this story at 9 AM. Which is what one should do when one makes a mistake, so good for them.

To clarify, for those of you like my respected colleague who just IMed asking “What’s the goof, exactly? I don’t live in the area.” (Number) Streets like 24th Street, 16th Street, etc, are in the south part of the city (Mission, Noe, etc.) (Number) Avenues like 9th Avenue, 19th Avenue are what we have on the west side (Richmond, Sunset, etc).

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • tomprete

    The article on SF Gate now has “avenue” instead of “street.” But my first question on seeing the article was why the Chron suddenly decided to admit the existence of neighborhood newspapers now. Many of these pubs have been scooping the britches off the Chronicle for years, with scant or absent acknowledgment from the Chronicle when it finally gets around to the story. If the Chronicle’s hook for the story was the anniversaries of the excellent Potrero View and El Tecolote, why weren’t those papers worthy of a story on their own?

    The local journalism field in San Francisco is even richer than the article lets on, as the city now is blessed not only with a wealth of neighborhood newspapers, but also neighborhood news publications in non-print form, such as Haighteration, the Richmond SF Blog and the Appeal, to name only a few.