When it comes to finding out what’s going on right in your own backyard, most often your best resource is your neighbors. Blockboard’s Neighborhood News category takes the stories being generated from people living right in the middle of the action, pinpoints their location and organizes them by neighborhood so you can stay connected simply by scrolling through your phone.
In a city as micro-locally focused as SF, we have an extensive community of bloggers and people about town who keep us in the loop because they’re interested in what’s going on in their neighborhoods and want to share it with others. As larger news media has less money to devote to local coverage, these neighborhood reporters are more important than ever. If you live in an area that’s a little lacking in coverage, Blockboard allows any smart phone-wielding resident to contribute to what’s going on in the area, and in return have all the neighborhood’s news right in their pocket.
Take a look at who’s writing about your backyard:
MissionMission – Everything Mission from a team of intrepid reporters, led by Allan Hough. Stolen bikes, street food and epic car wrecks with audio from an eye witness neighbor; if it happens in the Mission, they’re on it.
Uptown Almanac – Mission news from the King of Snark, Mr. Kevin Montgomery. Coverage may include, but is not limited to: graffiti snapshots, taco tragedies, Dolores Park shutdowns and the occasional gun slinger and knife wielder.
Bernalwood – Broadcasting live from Bernal Heights, Todd Lapin of Telstar Logistics and his neighborly crew cover the ‘hood from Cesar Chavez to the freeway with informative photos and graphics and well-researched copy.
TheTender – Brought to you by T.L. residents Miquel and Elia, The Tender covers the neighborhood with the city’s densest population. This duo set out to turn the T.L.’s reputation around and prove it deserves its title of “heart of the city.”
Alamo Square Online – You may recognize this area from the popular late 80’s/early 90’s sitcom Full House, but there’s more to this ‘hood than majestic views. This is the Neighborhood Association’s guide to the living in the Square.
Ocean Beach Bulletin – Bringing up the western outskirts of our 7x7, it’s the beach dwellers go-to for neighborhood news. Nothing OB-related gets past editor-in-chief, Tom Prete and associate editor, Mark Lukach.
RichmondSFBlog – Covering everything from events at Golden Gate Park to the Richmond District mayoral debate, Sarah B. keeps a pulse on everything in her neighborhood. And as any true Inner Richmond resident knows, “in fog we trust.”
Cole Valley News – Although they love living in Cole Valley, this blog’s contributors promise to be unbiased in their reporting. This blog is a guide to what the neighborhood has to offer, mixed with a heavy does of current events.
Noe Valley SF – There may be a lot of “dogs, kids, and nail salons” in this area, but that’s not all Noe has to offer. This hyper-local guide to the ‘hood covers what every neighbor should know.
Friends Of Noe Valley – From the Neighborhood Association comes a curation of the resources any neighbor needs to call this spot home.
LiveSOMA – South of Market is vast, but this blog covers every nook and cranny and packages it in to an easy-to-navigate interface that builds “a stronger neighborhood, one click at a time.”
The Potrero View – From a hill this high, the view of the neighborhood is unobstructed. That allows for in-depth reporting on neighborhood history, redevelopment projects, day to day news and much more.
Potrero Boosters – This site brings together those neighbors working to make their home better, and encourages other residents to join the discussion!
The New Fillmore – Covering everything along the Fillmore corridor, this blog (and print version) highlights the people and businesses that make up this historical jazz district.
SF Civic Center – Civic Center isn’t just where politicians come to debate. It’s home to a tight-knit group determined to re-energize this promising area. This blog highlights the people making it happen.
D10 Watch – Covering Bayview, Hunter’s Point, Silver Terrace and Visitacion Valley, this blog highlights the news, events and community that keep this neighborhood thriving.
Hayes Valley Voice – Brought to you by the Neighborhood Association, this blog reports on the development, politics and events that make this area a thriving spot for local businesses and neighbors who share the space.
Rincon Hill SF – Whether it’s a new dog park, ships docking too close to home, or the announcement of a community meeting, Rincon Hill, the micro-hood bounded by Mission St, 2nd St, Bryant St and the ocean, is a quickly-emerging area.
FACE – Friends of Crocker-Amazon & The Excelsior – A community booster group making sure one of SF’s farthest neighborhood’s voices is heard.
Neighborhood Empowerment Network – This coalition of residents and community organizations seeks to “empower residents, and their communities, with the capacity and resources to build strong resilient communities.” Come here to check out stories about the people making it happen.
SF Appeal – Without Eve Batey, the Appeal, and probably most of San Francisco, would come to a screeching halt. The online newspaper’s original reporting and curation of city-wide news keeps readers informed throughout the day.
SFWeekly – Just because it’s called a weekly doesn’t mean the staff here doesn’t keep readers in the know on the latest current events with an emphasis on alternative. And if you’re looking for the “Best Of” anything, they’ve got your winners right here.
SF Bay Guardian – This publication has “been raising hell since 1966” and shows no signs of slowing down. This alt weekly covers news, arts and culture, local guides, and events always with progressivism in mind.
SF Citizen – Citizen, denizen, resident, this “for the people” publication takes an opinionated look at the city’s goings on.
7x7 Magazine – The dimensions of our city, and also the name of one of the most essential reading materials for San Franciscans. From fitness and tech to love and sex, this mag’s your provider of essential SF knowledge.
The Bay Area Reporter – Centered in the colorful Castro district, the Reporter serves the gay, lesbian and transgender communities that make up an important part of our city.
MUNI Diaries – If you’re one of the many SF folks that take advantage of public transportation on a daily basis, Muni Diaries is your aggregation of anything involving The Bus.
Streetsblog – In a city as walkable as this, sustainable transportation and livable communities are high on the agenda. Streetsblog shines a light on the success and opportunities in making streets safer.
Wigg Party – With head Wigg master Morgan Fitzgibbons leading the way, this blog is dedicated to sustainability and resilience using the much-used bike route, The Wiggle, that carves through the Western Addition as a platform.
Curbed SF – Want to know what’s up with that empty building at the end of the street? How much did you neighbor’s house sell for? Curbed is your all-city answer to your real estate quandaries.
theFrontSteps – Guided by licensed real estate agent Alexander Clark, this blog navigates the San Francisco real estate scene and answers all your questions about the business of buying and selling homes in our city.
SocketSite – It’s the local scoop on real estate tips and trends through heavily researched, cited articles and illustrative photos.
San Francisco Grub Street – A Grub Street a day keep hunger at bay. Your guide to the city’s hottest restaurants and who’s dishing up what.
SPUR – SF’s Planning and Urban Research Association is all about ideas and action for a better city. Their goal is “uniting citizens to jointly craft solutions to our common problems.”
SF Parks Council – This group is revitalizing communities using our green spaces as a starting point. A neighborhood with a well-maintained park is a happy neighborhood.
Golden Gate Park Blog – As one of our city’s shining glories, she’s also a hub of activity. This blog introduces you to all she has to offer.
4thepanhandle (Panhandle Park Stewards) – Neighbors working together to promote and maintain their local park, the Pandhandle.
Presidio of SF – What happens in the Presidio… will absolutely make it on to the National Park Services’ site dedicated to one of the city’s most beautiful offerings. From events, to new laws to planning a visit, find your answer here.
Hayes Valley Farm – A space once used for a freeway taken over by a community farm, Hayes Valley Farm is a 2.2-acre non-profit community-run farm that serves as a learning center and food provider.
Noe Valley Town Square – A blog dedicated to the installation and progress of a European-esque town square in the parking lot on 24th street, between Vicksburg and Sanchez.
McKinley Square (Potrero) – A frequently updated diary about the goings on in Potrero Hill’s McKinley Square.
The Bold Italic – A beautifully written and illustrated daily storybook of the “intel, backstories and adventures that define San Francisco.”
The Bay Bridged – Run by co-founders Christian Cunningham and Ben Van Houten, The Bay Bridged is the leading source for Bay Area independent music. Weekly podcats, daily blogs, live studio sessions, photos and local events keep you connected with our thriving music scene.
The Deli Magazine – You’re not going to find any sandwiches up in here, but you will find a healthy helping of Bay Area musicians. And a handy dandy chart that rates their popularity and lets you get a listen.
SF Station – We’ve got your arts, culture and entertainment right here. Stay in the loop on the scenes to be seen in.
Up From The Deep – An historical exploration of city’s central area: Sixth Street, Mid-Market, and the Tenderloin. It’s a well-researched reminder of where we’ve come from.
Burrito Justice – More about SF’s history, less about burritos, it’s like a digital history book that you actually want to read. When a district like the Mission starts segmenting in to distinct neighborhoods, Burrito Justice has just the name for these micro hoods.
FunCheapSF – Looking for something to do but your wallet’s a little light? Johnny FunCheap is your frugal guide to what to do tonight without blowing your rent money.