“From the start, Bakalinsky has captured the very real sense that in San Francisco, there’s always something more to find – another nook, another view, another corner or crest that outsiders don’t know. Stairways add a diagonal twist, an up-close take on how residents and developers have urbanized the terrain and continue to make it their own.”
S.F. Mt. Olympus’ mythological heights [Chron]

“They arrived Monday morning in a moving van. The lioness took her position without complaint. But the lion was a struggle, owing to his position over the ball. The left front paw had to rest perfectly without applying pressure to the ball, and to get everything just right took about three hours.”
SF Asian Art Museum unveils bronze lions [Chron]

“FUF sudsidizes 75% of the cost to plant the tree, so the cost to the homeowner or merchant is only $135-$180 per tree depending on the species you pick.”
Want a sidewalk tree? Apply for the upcoming Central Richmond FUF planting [Richmond SF]

“I tagged shit for years, painted trains for years, but I got tired of graffiti. I was going to get sent to prison, so I decided to legalize my graffiti so it wasn’t exactly graffiti.”
Writing on the Wall: Ben Eine and His Octavia Murals [Hayeswire]

“Aficionados of camping, sexual activity, and shrubs notwithstanding, the field’s dilapidated status quo isn’t satisfactory. The city’s solution would be a rather industrial-looking facility featuring synthetic turf and 60-foot light towers, and backed by every last vestige of big-money political power in San Francisco.”
Natural Selection: What’s Happening to Golden Gate Park isn’t Natural. But it Never Was [Weekly]

“The map is part of a broader DPH initiative known as the Sustainable Communities Index, which provides datasets for more than 100 health indicators. There’s a whole section on housing, which even covers the negative health effects of eviction”
DPH: Unaffordable housing is bad for your health [SFBG]

“What is even more confusing is how CVS made it through the approval gauntlet while fellow formula retailer, Starbucks, did not. “
CVS Reveals Remodel for Market Noe Center & They’re Rated ‘D’ for Dull [Castro Biscuit]

the author

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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