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News, The Snitch Identifying the Human Remains Found in Alamo Square Requires A Lot of Science and A Bit of Luck

Identifying the Human Remains Found in Alamo Square Requires A Lot of Science and A Bit of Luck

A gruesome surprise for an Alamo Square woman yesterday — human remains unearthed in her planter box — poses something of a forensic puzzle today: How do police begin an investigation when there’s not yet enough information to determine…
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News, The Snitch Machete Attack Leaves Two Men Injured Near Alamo Square Park

Machete Attack Leaves Two Men Injured Near Alamo Square Park

As the Examiner reports, a 59-year-old man and his 61-year-old companion were walking near the intersection of Divisadero and Oak around…
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News, The Snitch Alamo Square Tour Buses -- Let the Complaining Commence

Alamo Square Tour Buses -- Let the Complaining Commence

It wouldn't be a pretty Thursday afternoon in San Francisco if someone weren't bemoaning the behavior of gaggles of out-of-town tourists. The latest iteration: Alamo Square-area denizens' concerns about large tour buses befouling the area. Your humble narrator is an…
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News, The Snitch An Alamo Square Produce Stand?

An Alamo Square Produce Stand?

Alamo Square is one of the most photographed places in the city, if not on God's green earth. But precious few photos of Alamo Square have a gorgeous produce stand in the background. Simply put, that's because Alamo Square doesn't…
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News, The Snitch Painter Paints Painted Ladies

Painter Paints Painted Ladies

The seven ornate houses built on the hill between Grove and Hayes on Steiner Street -- the "painted ladies" or "seven sisters" -- may well be the most photographed residences on earth. Every day, thousands of camera-wielding tourists plod up…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Parks for Sale

The city's Recreation and Park department is desperately seeking new revenues to support itself during the city's current budget crisis. What new revenue ideas is it considering? • Charge rent to homeless people living in Golden Gate Park • Small…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Bed & Breakfast

Bed & breakfasts don't come any more opulent or attractive than this fairy-tale French Renaissance town house in the heart of the city's Alamo Square district. Commissioned by an Oregon shipping magnate in 1892, the Tivoli has an eclectic…
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News, Dog Bites

Ms. Macabre

In Monique Motyl's studio (which is really a room painted cotton-candy pink in her Alamo Square apartment), there is a bookshelf filled with plastic storage boxes in which she keeps her art supplies. Among the bins, which are overflowing with…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Consider Yourself at Home

Consider Yourself at Home

SAT 11/1 The dramatic scenery of S.F.'s "Postcard Row" -- where a sweeping downtown vista is the backdrop for a steep-streeted row of Queen Anne Victorians -- brings thousands of tourists to Alamo Square each year. But though these visitors…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Boutique Hotel

Holy deluxe, Batman, what a B&B! Beautifully decorated rooms laden with antiques, breakfast in bed if you desire, wine and cheese in the magnificent lobby every afternoon -- what could possibly be better? A great escape without going far, this…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Residential Block (or Two)

The diverse residential neighborhoods of San Francisco are a simple source of pleasure for Sunday strollers and amateur architects who appreciate the myriad possibilities of urban habitation. Alamo Square is a Victorian delight, and the cuckoo clocks clinging to Telegraph…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Second Best Block of Victorians

Victorians are the architectural soul of San Francisco, the unifying theme that imbues the city with its unique character and sense of style. Even so, the charms of these Painted Ladies must usually be enjoyed piecemeal. It is rare to…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Walking Tour

Why settle for just one educational promenade around this history-packed, pedestrian-friendly city when you can choose from dozens? City Guides offers free walking tours on every sort of subject: Pacific Heights mansions and Alamo Square Victorians; the murals of Coit…
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