Sunset Tunnel Construction Resumes
As part of the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project, the SFMTA will resume the weekend construction on the Sunset Tunnel beginning on March 20-22. By replacing the aging track and other infrastructure inside the Sunset Tunnel, the project will help improve safety and reliability of the N Judah rail service for Muni customers.
Kezar Stadium Reopens
The newly renovated Kezar Stadium had it's grand opening late last week with Mayor Ed Lee as the keynote speaker. Funded with $3.2 million from the city’s general fund, improvements to the 90-year-old stadium are largely concentrated on the field (improved drainage, new pole vault and long jump areas) and the track.
Goodbye Chariot SF: It was short knowing you
Some might of Chariot's presence in Cole Valley because it came and went in a month. For those out of the know, Chariot is a new solution to get downtown during morning and evening rush hour. They debuted a line with stops in Cole Valley and Upper Haight last month and offered various free rides and discounts to new riders.
Update: Sunset Tunnel Construction Project
As most in the hood are already aware, the SFMTA has been working for upgrading the tunnel between Duboce Park and Cole Valley, known as the Sunset Tunnel. Typically, construction has been on weekends, Friday PM to Monday AM., 24 hours, around the clock. Residents in Duboce Triangle complained about the constant construction noise, from beeping trucks, to pouring of gravel, and even jackhammers.
History Behind 701 Frederick Street
Have you ever taken a stroll around the hood and walked by this large Art Deco building and its twin at 639 Frederick and wondered, "What the hell did this used to be?" Also what about the housing complex that stretches the entire block on Frederick? The answer may surprise you. All these buildings were a part of Polytechnic High School. Poly was in operation from 1884 to 1973 and moved around a bunch before finding its place at 701 Frederick.
ColeValleySF Spotlight: BandWagon
I'm sure you have seen all the food trucks that have popped up around the Bay Area in the past several years. But have you seen a music truck? After years of working in event and music production, Cole Valley local Robert Culos dreamed of running his own music venue. Rob and his wife, Liz Coglianese, had the innovative idea of making a food truck but for music, a mobile music venue retrofitted out of a vintage trailer. With Rob managing event production and Liz handling marketing and publicity, their new business was born! BandWagon officially launched last August  at Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party with major success.
Pitch Salon Closes. Billowby Opens Soon
There seems to be a strange bermuda triangle at the intersection of Frederick and Stanyan. Several businesses cannot seem to survive. Remember Sun Tanning Salon and Cole Valley Cardio [now Past Perfect]? That particular storefront has seen more turnover than most in the neighborhood. Well another bites the dust at this mysterious intersection. Pitch Salon (514 Frederick),
Zazie Spotlighted on NBC Nightly News
Cole Valley gem, Zazie, recently received national recognition for their employee benefits. With only a $1.25 per person surcharge added to all checks, all 32 employees receive full health and dental insurance, including sick leave and 401(k) retirement plan. If you missed the live news broadcast, catch the segment below. Congrats Zazie for advocating for employee rights and making it a priority! More restaurants should follow suit.
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