Castro District News

Compromise Reached With Developer of 2299 Market Street in the Castro District of San Francisco

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Posted on www.dtna.org
By DTNA Staff Writer

At the twelfth hour, a compromise was reached between the developer of the 2299 Market development proposal and a consortium of organizations including DTNA, organizations that had appealed the project proposal to the Planning Commission. Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association, Castro Area Planning & Action, Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, Livable City, SF Bicycle Coalition, and Walk San Francisco were partners in this collective effort.

The developer agreed to some of the pedestrian safety improvements and to full height ground floor retail in the building, while the community organizations agreed to a higher parking standard and to the affordable housing ("inclusionary") units not being provided in the development.

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Dimartino Stabbing Suspect Possibly Injured During Attack

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Posted on www.365gay.com
By MyCastro.com Staff

The suspect who stabbed Philip Dimartino, 36, inside his 138 Hermann Street apartment last month "might have been cut during the stabbing spree," and police are asking for the public's help in identifying the killer. Flyers have been distributed in San Francisco"s Castro District. Known as the gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender community Dimartino was believed to be a frequent visitor to the neighborhood. Dimartino, a senior marketing manager with Archstone, was stabbed several times in the torso before dying, but, according to BCN (via CBS 5) "police believe the killer might have been cut on the hand during the assault, a detail that could help in making an identification."

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No More Pink Saturday?

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By Dennis Richards

I remember being at one of the first Pink Saturday events in the early 1990's.There were about 5000 of upon Castro between Market and 19th. Greg Taylor, an event promoter, drove a trucking with a sound system and hoisted a mirror disco ball at the intersections at 18thand Castro Streets. Many of us went into Walgreens and purchased rolls of toilet paper to throw over the MUNI bus electric lines to create a party effect. We were there to celebrating gay pride.

The event has been held the evening of last Saturday of June ever since. Pink Saturday has been growing in popularity such that this year there were far more than 100,000 people attending the event which stretched from 19th and Castro to Market and Sanchez. I was at this past Pink Saturday few weeks ago and had a great time, mostly hanging out on Castro and 18th. As many of you have already heard, there were members of gangs that showed up for my community's party and didn't have the celebration of gay pride on their minds.

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Castro Skillfully Hangs on to Retailers

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Posted on www.sfexaminer.com
By Erin Sherbert

While other San Francisco neighborhoods struggle to fill empty storefronts, the Castro district has managed to put a lid on the revolving door of retailers at the height of the recession.

The neighborhood boasts a low vacancy rate, estimated at 5 percent, compared with other areas such as the Bayview district, where empty storefronts skyrocketed to 20 percent at the end of last year, according to city officials.

The Castro neighborhood credits its 3-year-old Business Attraction Program, which connects landlords with potential tenants — quickly.

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Plans for More Bike Accessibility Proposed for Castro Street

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Posted on www.SFappeal.com
By Dan Fitzgerald

An SF MTA meeting held last night at the Eureka Valley Community Center drew about twenty or so nearby residents, mostly bikers themselves judging from the content of the Q&A, who came to hear the details of a plan to expand accommodations for bicyclists on Market between 17th and Octavia.

The need for increasing bike lane availability was stressed throughout the evening via Power Point graphics displaying some eye opening statistics: A 54% increase in bicycle ridership between 2006-2009 (a huge, somewhat dubious sounding increase come to think of it), and a mere 6% of SF streets currently able to accommodate these bikers. Given this state of affairs, the MTA's expressed goal - to have continuous bike lanes on both sides of Market between 17th and Octavia - is actually rather humble.

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Thomas on Rugby, Women, and Hiding

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By Michelle Garcia

Gareth Thomas — one of the top scorers in the history of rugby and one of the most successful athletes in Wales — tells HBO's Real Sports in an episode airing Tuesday night that he would go to church regularly to pray that one day he would turn straight.

Thomas is the only out gay male athlete playing in professional sports.

"You gotta be strong, you gotta be muscle, and you know, you gotta be straight," he tells reporter Bernard Goldberg about the sport of rugby. He says he used his built-up anger and frustration over the years against his opponents on the field prior to coming out. He also talks about his constant battle with establishing his masculinity in the press, in the locker room, and to himself.

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Ryan Kwanten on Going Nude and Gay

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By Advocate.com Editors

True Blood star Ryan Kwanten may not have any burning desire to strip for Playgirl, but he doesn't mind offering up a couple of his male costars for a tandem spread in the magazine.

Kwanten told E! Online stripping for Playgirl a la Levi Johnston isn't his thing, but said he thinks it would be hot if his costars "Stephen [Moyer] and Alex [Skarsgård] ... do a little tandem."

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Agency Says AIDS Vaccine is Possible

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By 365gay.com staff writer

For more than a decade, researchers and advocates have marked HIV Vaccine Awareness Day with varying degrees of hope, cynicism and despair. This year, in large part because of the results of the Thai Prime-Boost vaccine study, there is greater cause for hope than ever before and a renewed sense of urgency to transform this hope into a reality.

In September 2009, the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial to date showed the first evidence that an experimental AIDS vaccine could lower the risk of HIV infection. The results were complex; the observed benefit from the vaccine was modest; and the field is still years away from a highly protective vaccine.

"The caveats to the Thai Prime-Boost study results are important and true. But letting them become the entire story does a severe, even dangerous, disservice to the field, the trial and especially the 16,000 people who participated in the trial," said Mitchell Warren, Executive Director of AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention. "Despite the many perspectives on and interpretations of the trial and its results the Thai AIDS vaccine trial provides evidence for the first time that it is possible to reduce the risk of HIV infection with a vaccine.

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I Don’t Like Ike's. But I Might. (For a Price.)

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By Scoot James

The saga of Ike's Place, the all-too-successful sandwich shop in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, has captured the public's imagination. The tiny doorway eatery has amassed a huge following in the foodie community, bringing mobs of hungry mouths to a once-quiet block.

Some neighbors say their lives have been unfairly disturbed by all the attention, and they want Ike's to leave.

Or, perhaps, they'll settle for a piece of the action.

This week's column looks at the pre-emptive settlement offers to let Ike's stay in its current location. Ike Shehadeh, the owner of the sandwich shop, said that one of the four options suggested that the lawyers call on him to pay nearly $1 million for the privilege of enjoying his success without moving.

That's more than the shop's entire sales for all of 2009.

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Laura Bush supports gay marriage and abortion rights

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By Mark Milian

Now she tells us.

Laura Bush may not have been very vocal about how she felt on gay marriage or abortion when her husband was president, but the former first lady is talking now. (Probably not) coincidentally, it's just in time to promote her new book!

In an interview on "Larry King Live" Tuesday night, Bush said she disagrees with her husband on two key issues that continually popped up during George W. Bush's eight years in office.

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