Potrero Hill

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Resources & Events

San Francisco and Potrero have many public services to offer members of the community. Bellow is a list of programs and places you and your family can use when living in Potrero Hill.

POTRERO HILL FESTIVAL

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Held in October, the annual Potrero Hill Festival brings together, families, friends and the neighborhood. Missouri St is closed off for a celebration of food, music, art and many other pleasantries.


BRING YOUR OWN BIG WHEEL

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An amazing race down San Francisco’s windiest street. Grown men and women riding bigwheels on Easter Sunday. You won’t see this anywhere else in the world I guarantee it.


DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY

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Daniel Webster has been a part of the Potrero Hill community since 1936 and prides itself in teaching bi-lingual classes and having a strong parental involvement in improving the school.


PUBLIC LIBRARY POTRERO BRANCH

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Renovated and reopened in 2010, the Potrero Hill Library is a great place to read, learn and study. With many children’s programs and a multilingual staff, Potrero Hill is a great recourse for anyone.


POTRERO HILL SEED BANK

Located inside the Potrero Hill library. Free seeds from local growers and around the state for your personal use. Donate vegetable, flower, and other plant seeds of your own to keep the bank going!


POTRERO HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

Established in 1922 the neighborhood house has been serving the Potrero Hill community for almost a century. The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House offers after-school programs, summer camp and many other programs.


POTRERO HILL COMMUNITY GARDEN PROGRAM

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With a gorgeous view to the west all the way to the golden gate bridge, the Potrero Hill Community Garden offers small plots of lands for local gardeners to grow plants and learn about gardening.

Parks & Gardens

Potrero hill is home to four beautiful parks with two community garden, baseball diamonds and soccer fields, tennis courts, designated dog areas, and amazing views of the city and bay.

POTRERO HILL RECREATION CENTER

Located at the peak of Potrero Hill, the historic recreation center and park not only offers a place for kids, adults and dogs to be outside, but has some of the best views of the bay. Te rec center also offers indoor basketball courts with after school and summer activities for kids, and fitness classes for adults. It recently received $4 million for new renovations to be completed in 2017.


McKINLEY SQUARE

Amazing views of the city, beautiful trails, kids play area, picnick tables, and next to San Francisco’s most crooked street (Vermont Street). A great place to unwind, play with your kids, and meet other locals in the neighborhood.


POTRERO DEL SOL

Recently remodeled park. Lots of field space for running around and playing ball with kids and family. San Francisco’s largest skate park.


JACKSON PLAYGROUND

Large playgrounds with baseball diamonds and soccer field located at the bottom of the hill connecting the Dogpatch and Mission neighborhoods.

Food & Dining

Potrero hill is a growing mecca for multi-cultural foods. Historically San Francisco’s population has been comprised of people from all over the world, which has resulted in vast amount of selection when it comes to eating out. Bellow are my go to favorite places to eat, all within a 15min walk.

ANCHOR BREWERY

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The most notable Brewery in the city and the home of Anchor Steam Beer.


BOTTOM OF THE HILL

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Live music down the block, 7 days a week.


CHEZ MAMAN

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Homey French Food in the center of Potrero Hill breakfast to dinner.


CHIOTRA’S GROCERY

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Local grocery store with quality meats, cheese, and deli sandwiches.


CHRISTOPHER’S BOOKS

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Your neighborhood bookstore.


FARLEY’S COFFEE

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Coffee while sitting in the sun or inside.


GOAT HILL PIZZA

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Potrero Hill’s favorite pizza since 1975.


HAZEL’S KITCHEN

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Deli-cious sandwiches, breakfast burritos, salads and more.


PAPITO

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All organic and exciting Mexican food.


PERA

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Mediterranean lunch, brunch, and dinner.


PLOW

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Chic American breakfast and brunch.


SUNFLOWER

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Delicious and affordable vietnamese cuisine.


UMI

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Fresh sushi rolls, tempura and sake.

Health & Fitness

Potrero Hill has more than enough options when it comes to your health. Not only is it neighbors with two of San Francisco’s major hospitals, Potrero hill has many gyms, yoga studios, and health stores to keep you in shape. In this section you find a list of Potrero Hill’s fitness and health businesses, as well as a bonus section on parks!


YOGA TREE

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Yoga Tree Potrero Hill offers affordable yoga close to you for teachers and students new and experienced. Multiple classes and day, 7 days a week in a calm, spiritual environment.


CENTERED BODY PILATES

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Small local pilates studio that specializes in working the entire body. Located in the heart of Potrero hill, get your muscles aligned after a long day of office work.


FITNESS URBANO

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Small gym for personal training and fitness groups.


THIRD STREET BOXING GYM

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Two full sized rings, over 20 punchings bags, weights, machines, and a whole lot of sweat. Third street boxing offers boxing classes for kids and adults, cardio classes and has their own boxing team.

History

Potrero Hill’s roots grow deep in San Francisco’s history and evolution. Originally, before any sort of development, Potrero Hill has as where farmers raised cattle for Mission Dolores, hence the name “Potrero” which translates to pasture in Spanish.

Far from the original developments of the city, up in North beach and close to the entrance of the bay, Potrero Hill did not gain much attention until America’s industrial period. Large industries that were unwanted around populated urban areas, soon moved in around Potrero hill. It was until then, that workers began building their homes on Potrero Hill, close to the still factories and docks. Slowly, Potrero saw more and more development and the neighborhood grew as a cultural center for blue collar working americans.

San Francisco’s roll in World War Two was impactful on the city. Naval activity sprung up in Marin, Hunter’s Point, Alameda, and Treasure Island. Hundreds of worker’s were needed to build ships and weapons in case of a Japanese invasion, and many came from all over the nation to live in Potrero Hill.

 

Neighborhood Planning

The neighborhood is still in the midst of change and transformation with the implementation of the city’s Eastern Neighborhood Plan, the redevelopment of Potrero Annex and Potrero Terrace housing projects, and its neighboring Mission Bay’s development into a bio-technology hub.

Demographics

According to the 2005 to 2010 census data gathered by the San Francisco Planning Dept.

Population
Total Population 12,110
Male 52%
Female 43%
Income
Median Household Income $98,182
Median Family Income $110,657
Per Capita Income $58,650
Race/Ethnicity
White 66%
Asian 13%
Latino (of any race) 13%
Other 10%
African American 9%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1%