Category Archive: Fun Facts

Aug 24

Apparently Kevin Spacey Has Our Doors

We’ve heard this neighborhood rumor for quite some time and it appears that it might actually be true. If you haven’t heard, the story is that actor Kevin Spacey bought the Avenue Theater’s entry doors several years ago when the church operating out of the space at the time, deemed them too risqué for their …

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Aug 05

Solving The Avenue’s Neon Color Mystery

It’s been over 30 years since the neon on the Avenue Theater’s marquee last glowed, and when the P.N.A. took on the restoration project, the goal was to make it look just as it did in its heyday. This presented a problem for the restoration team that was tasked with bringing the iconic sign back …

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Apr 17

The Wild Parrots Of The Portola

San Francisco’s famous Parrots (specifically Telegraph Hill’s) have been expanding their flocks and territory further into the city’s other neighborhoods for years now. One of those flocks – perhaps more – have made their home in the trees on the hill between Woolsey Street and the north end of Burton High School. The Parrots have …

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Oct 06

Some of SF’s Steepest Streets are in the Portola District

This nifty little chart has been making it’s way through the internet lately and look which neighborhood made #16 and #19 AND wasn’t mislabeled as “Excelsior”?!  – Not that we aren’t proud to be associated with our sister neighborhood to the west, it’s just nice to be noticed sometimes. This is all probably old news to …

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