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Castro's Big Dig: Asqew Grill Manager Darrell Tenaglia stands in front of his restaurant on 16th Street next to the empty lot that used to house the Bethany United Methodist Church. Tenaglia says that business has plummeted recently and thinks the unattractive green tarp is partly responsible. (photo: Bill Sywak)

Some Local Merchants Unhappy with Castro Benefits District
Group that helps with Streetscape Plan, beautification and urban design projects perceived as slow to make improvements
Castro merchants vocalized their frustrations with the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefits District (CBD) at its monthly board meeting on Aug. 14. The business owners said the Castro CBD is not doing enough in the way of cleaning up the neighborhood and boosting business in an area that still has a large number of vacancies.

Proposed Mixed-use Condo Project at 2299 Market St. Sits Idle Pending Approval of Upper Market Plan
The prominently placed condo development planned at the southern confluence of 16th, Noe and Market streets has been put on hold while city planners finalize a new report for the neighborhood and wait for its approval.

Remembering Del Martin
Del Martin, who passed away on August 27 at the age of 87, was a rare, fiery, thoughtful lesbian with stamina and the progressive political smarts to go for it.

From Algeria to the Castro: Queen Malika Dishes Out Crepes, Coffee and
Wi-Fi to Regulars on 18th St.
While there are a few crepe restaurants in the Castro, Queen Malika easily gives them a run for their money. The small award-winning neighborhood cafe, located on 18th Street in between Douglass and Diamond streets, boasts a wide selection of savory healthy crepes made with a minimum of oil (only a spoonful for every hundred crepes!), as well as sandwiches, salad, soups, coffee, and pastries.