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Summer’s Siren Call

Mary Margaret Stewart skipped math and history for art classes, and upon graduation from high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, couldn’t get to Europe fast enough. She fell hard for Paris, and for her first love, and that summer abroad became…

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Parking Lot of Dreams (Part Two)

Carlos Muela feared no one would come. The quick opening he’d anticipated for SoMa StrEat Food Park had dragged into months, then a year. No income but massive bills for rent, architecture, infrastructure, and improvements piling up. “It was a…

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Parking Lot of Dreams (Part One)

He began at the age of eight years old cleaning up in a couple of Spanish restaurants in San Francisco’s Mission district. By fourteen, he was a waiter. By seventeen, he had risen to manager, and might very well have…

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Open Coffee Innovation: Stir & Mix

What do a world-class medical school library and a brand new San Francisco-based tech campus have in common? Each recently had the smarts to anchor its front entrance with an elegant café. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is…

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