Hello from the quickly evaporating Richmond District,

We got news this week of the downfall of two long-time businesses in the neighborhood. First is the Delano’s Market at 27th & Geary, which will close shortly and leave central Richmonders in a lurch when it comes to grocery shopping.

Then yesterday we learned that the “Big Heart” Video Cafe, a 25 year institution in the neighborhood, has closed. Word on the street is that costly ADA upgrades may have put the final nail in the coffin. They weren’t known for great food or service, and they were one of the quirkier businesses on Geary. But sometimes it’s those kinds that you miss the most, right?

In brighter news, our hard-working Richmond District Neighborhood Center was awarded a $20,000 donation from AT&T to help fund their youth employment training program. Now, as one commenter noted, let’s see if we can get AT&T to provide some decent cell coverage in the Richmond too.

We are getting in the holiday spirit over here on the west side. Our indie rocker David Greco released a new Christmas EP in iTunes, and this Sunday the Neighborhood Center is hosting “Urban Cottage SF,” a designer boutique shopping event. Fifteen local designers are coming together to display their products and help raise money for San Francisco’s public schools.

Next week, the Balboa Theater will premiere the controversial documentary Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, about the movement to ordain women as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. After the screening, Director Jules Hart and Victoria Rue, one of the women priests featured in the film, will answer questions from the audience.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sarah B., RichmondSFBlog
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