From Auto Showrooms to Movie Theaters: The History of Van Ness Avenue

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Phoebe Grandi, Visuals Editor

May 7, 2019

On February 17, 2019, the AMC Van Ness Theater on Van Ness Avenue and O’Farrell Street closed for good. Every time I drove past the movie theater for the next two weeks, I was immediately filled with nostalgia. I remembered the stale smell of the walls as I waited to get my tickets to see “Wall-E...

Inside the minds of Uber drivers

Kian Nassre, Editor in Chief, Visuals

June 6, 2018

Alex* arrived at Page and Masonic at 2:50 pm, the perfume of the old woman he had just dropped off at Whole Foods lingering in his black Toyota Camry, to pick up his next client: me. Instead of commencing an awkward silence, Alex became the first of several Uber/Lyft drivers to be interviewed on my journey...

Urban students’ road to independence through driving

Urban students' road to independence through driving

Katie Jonckheer, Staff Writer

December 8, 2015

One would think that teenagers living in a city bustling with so much public transportation may be less inclined to drive their own cars. The city is already crowded as it is, which makes dealing with a car difficult, particularly in the Haight. However, Urban students have a more positive view on becom...

Book Review: Lost on China’s Whirlwind Roads

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Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

December 1, 2015

Electricity flickers across the earth, triggering the annihilation of old China — 9.9 tons of dynamite. They are building a new Economic Development Zone in Zhejiang Province, and they’ve already leveled exactly 108 mountains and hills. A foreman says they’ve blasted 1.2 million cubic meters of thi...

Urban School feels parking pinch as options dwindle

The Haight is surrounded by different residential parking permit areas.

Aleah Jennings-Newhouse, Staff Writer

October 15, 2015

The Urban School might be expanding, but its parking options are not, at least for now. Since last school year, the north campus construction, a recent residential parking permit in the Alamo Square neighborhood, and San Francisco’s street cleaning schedule have brought in more cars to an area with fe...

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