Low Profile Project Brings Affordable Housing to Ocean View Community

The Habitat for Humanity site in Ocean View. 28 housing units are being constructed. (Will Carruthers: Ingleside-Excelsior Light)

At the bottom of Capitol Avenue sits a narrow one-acre plot of land hidden behind Sagamore Street’s row houses. The long-unused land is now a construction site for 28 single-family affordable homes built by Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

Because of its low profile location below the freeway, the project, Habitat Terrace, hasn’t drawn much attention in a city that craves new housing. Continue Reading →

Ocean Avenue’s Original Pizza Parlor Set to Close Its Doors After 36 Years


Sitting at the long counter of his family’s Ocean Avenue restaurant, Jimmy Prokepes’ eyes begin to water while he writes a heartfelt note on a standard restaurant receipt.

“Ocean Pizza has been operating since 1978. It’s managed to stay in business for 36.5 years. It is time to say goodbye and we would like to say thank you for all the love and support,” he writes.

At first, the simple note is all he and his parents, Peter and Sandy Prokepes, want to say about their restaurant’s closure, but slowly they warm to talking about it. Continue Reading →

Secret to Preserving Neighborhood Culture: Embracing It


In Changing Times, Community Must Use Art as Glue to Stay Together

I am a professional musician, and I play with several San Francisco-based bands including Edwards Crossing, Seemway, and a number of half-formed groups. Through searching Yelp reviews my band mates and I recently found a 12’ x 16’ music rehearsal studio in a converted warehouse. Having a dedicated practice space was essential for us as we tried out different band dynamics, different sounds. We needed a home base, and the location of this studio was ideal, just a block away from the Civic Center BART station. Not four months into outfitting the small room as a recording studio, we had envelopes taped to our doors. Continue Reading →