Stories about Soma

Before the looting, a peaceful march

Hundreds took to the streets to protest the George Floyd killing.

Why turn affordable SROs into tourist hotel rooms?

The Agenda: Strange moves at SF planning plus more vote-by-mail and limits on corporate rentals.

Folsom Street Fair 2020 moves online due to COVID concerns

The world's biggest kink and fetish festival (and its satellite events) will go virtual this year.

SOMA Pilipinas restaurants pivot to feed community

#FilipinosFeedTheFrontlines supports healthcare workers, seniors, low-income families while keeping chefs cooking.

With Black community hard-hit by COVID, Bayview groups demand aid

Beds 4 Bayview and others lay out emergency needs for district ignored by city's coronavirus response effort.

Density, neoliberalism, and COVID

SF has allowed developers to build housing and offices for more and more people -- without paying for the infrastructure that we need to take care of them.

Silenced in place? SF’s resilient music scene faces its latest obstacle

COVID froze tours, shuttered venues, shelved releases, and canceled festivals. Local bands do their best to carry on.

Leading drag and performance venue closes indefinitely

Like many spaces, SoMa nightclub Oasis tries to figure out how to survive without any live audiences.

15 ways to support the local food scene—and eat (and drink) well

Meal kits, cocktails to go, sustainable seafood, more options to help keep restaurants afloat and your belly full.

City starts to plan for coronavirus in homeless and SRO communities

Some steps to allow isolation and care -- but advocates say it's still short of what's needed.