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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Local Boxer Going Pro

"Hard work pays off" is the watchword for Hunters Point native Raquel Miller, who twice came within a single decision of qualifying to fight for the United States at the Olympics. Becoming a Team USA alternate was a milestone on…
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Best Place to Be Possessed

Is the devil real? Is his name Donald Trump — or is evil lurking in your life another way? Everybody wants to cast out the ill wind as soon as it blows their way. The only question is how. It…
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Best Social Media Celebrity

We have absolutely no idea how Berner does it. Dude is running a business — ok, several businesses: slanging clothes and flavored water, promoting shows and recording records and going on tour, investing in cannabis brands and making deals, all…
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Best Rabble Rouser

Ilyich Sato is giving San Franciscans a good name: "resistance." Already a fixture in the local music scene, where he's been dropping heat for two decades as the rapper Equipto, the son of a teacher and a trade unionist became…
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Best Departed S.F. Icon

We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft…
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Best Comic Book

It's ok to be a pervert. To be a deviant means to depart from the norm, to challenge — and, maybe, to defeat — soul-stultifying convention. Here, we still value freaks and cherish stewards of the freak kingdom. Could you…
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Best Old-School Stroll

The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed. There is…
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Best Gentrification-Proof Neighborhood

Being resistant to change doesn't always mean mounting a resistance. There are ways to enjoy the fruits of San Francisco's new bounty without selling off the shop. And indeed, there is a Four Barrel location and a homebrew supply store…
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Best Refusenik

In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels…
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Best Muni Line

Widely reviled though it is, Muni inspires some serious neighborhood partisanship. And while there's probably near-universal recognition that the lengthy and traffic jam-prone 9-San Bruno is the worst bus line in North America, we respectfully acknowledge that the 12-Folsom is…
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Best Queer Porn Star

For more than a decade, five-time AVN award nominee Jiz Lee has been a trailblazing trans advocate and a standout presence in your porn stash. You've seen the world-famous/local, genderqueer/non-binary adult star in videos from Pink & White Productions (Best…
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Best New Museum

What is a museum if not a vehicle to challenge our perceptions of the world? This is perhaps best exemplified at the Tenderloin Museum, located in the infamous haunt of San Francisco that has perhaps one of the most colorful…
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Best New Historical Preservation Project

Perched high up on Yerba Buena Island is a piece of history that could soon be gone forever. A small, century-old building abandoned decades ago by the Navy and condemned in 1989, the Signal Tower had never so much as…
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Best Privately Owned Public Open Space for Nighttime Mischief

Plazas, atriums, terraces, and small parks, all built by capitalists, all for the people — and all thanks to the 1985 Downtown Plan. These little gems remain a mystery to many in San Francisco, yet like any great surprise, they've…
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Best and Most Confusing Agitprop

The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp…
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Best Place to Get Ed Lee to Listen to You

We all know San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is a busy guy. Between the ongoing saga of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the Mario Woods police shooting, and the fallout over costs surrounding the Super Bowl and its subsequent displacement of…
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Best Place to Pee in Union Square

We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why…
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Best Place to Pee in Public

When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public…
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Best View While Gardening

Astonishing views of the city are a dime a dozen. San Francisco provides no small handful of places to take in all its beauty, and fog, from Alamo Square to the top of Coit Tower. Even backyards in the Sunset…
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Best Type of Muni Fare Evader

Deciding not to "pay your fair share" can result in a $112 slap on the wrist from Muni fare inspectors. It happens all the time — at San Francisco State University, for example, proof-of-payment workers crowd the bus stops along…