Portola District

Beatrice L. Thomas


Forty-plus seniors both in and out of wheelchairs socialize in groups of twos and fours in the lobby of AgeSong University. Friday afternoons are happy hour time at the Portola eldercare facility, and the scene is complete with a caterer, and a singer performing lite rock hits. 

Preserving Maltese heritage in the Portola

May 16, 2017
Greer McVay

If you walk down San Bruno Avenue in the Portola neighborhood, you’ll notice an orange building sitting in the shadow of the Avenue Theater. Right now it’s a Round Table Pizza. However, more than 60 years ago, this building was the Melita Furniture Store. 

Josiah Luis Alderete

A lot of San Francisco neighborhoods have iconic visual identities-- like the Mission district with its colorful murals, or the Fillmore with sidewalk plaques commemorating the “Harlem of the West”. So then what do we see when we  walk down San Bruno Avenue in the Portola district – just down the hill from KALW on the Southeast side of the city?

Claire Stremple

If you live in the Bay Area, chances are you know about Golden Gate Park. But you might not have heard about San Francisco’s second largest park: McLaren.

A secret community of gardeners in Portola tends to the land

Mar 15, 2017
Kanwalroop Kaur Singh

Most reviews on Yelp are of restaurants. But there’s one that’s a little bit different. It begins like this.

Nicole Grigg

Imagine walking into the Avenue Theater and settling in to watch Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dance, Humphrey Bogart search for the Maltese Falcon, and Judy Garland and her dog journey from black and white Kansas to technicolor Oz.  

Rich Blaisdell

You’ve just given birth to the most perfect little human. You name him after your father, and his father before him. On the birth certificate, you spell it just like it’s always been spelled, with an accent mark over the i. Then Gisela Sanchez comes along.

Jeremy Jue


Right now, in such a divided country, how we connect with others is on many people’s minds. Maybe you go to church every Sunday, maybe you’re in a book club, or a hiking group, or have a favorite yoga class. Or maybe you spend your weekends dueling friends at a small shop in San Francisco’s Portola district.

Portola neighborhood book club excludes no one

Feb 14, 2017
Marie-France Ladine

A field trip is on the horizon. Billy and his teacher are boarding a bus with the rest of his classmates, to travel from Burton High School library to the Portola Library for a book club.