Kevin Durant faces Warriors / Homage to SF parks

It's Tuesday, December 22nd.

Good morning, San Francisco. It’s Tuesday, December 22nd, and the holiday rush—if you can really call it that this year—is upon us. Presents starting to gather under the tree. Final emails being sent to the boss. I can’t help but think of all the company holiday parties that didn’t happen in 2020. My wife’s employer sent a nice package to its staff instead, equipped with some swag, a plantable tree seedling and a book on managing stress and anxiety. Personally, I was most excited when I saw the book. It’s been a year! 

Anyhow, here’s a look at some local news you should know today: 

  • The Warriors’ first game of the season is on the road on Tuesday at 4pm PT against Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets. “I'll always be a Warrior in my heart,” Durant told NBC Sports on Monday. The game will be Durant’s debut for the Nets and his first NBA start since suffering a torn Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Championship, a series the Warriors eventually lost to the Toronto Raptors. 

  • Even with all the reports and Twitter posts about people leaving San Francisco this year, home prices in the city continue to rise. In November, the median home cost was almost $1.7 million, up 4.8% from last year. The number of homes sold in the city was up 28.6% in November as well. 

  • Square Pie Guys, which opened in SoMA last July and quickly helped popularize “Detroit-style” pizza in the city, has plans to open up its next location across the bay in the Old Oakland area. Co-owner Danny Stoller told The Chronicle he hopes the expansion doesn’t stop with store number two. “We’d like to bite off a couple more in the next 18 months, but there are a lot of factors,” he said. My thoughts: Square Pie Guys’ pizza is good, but its burger might be better. 

  • In 2017, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to have a park or open space within a 10-minute walk for every one of its residents. And in 2020, without much else to do, San Franciscans took advantage. Here’s a good roundup of the SF Gate’s park coverage this year, ranging from the wild history behind Stern Grove to a scene we probably never would have imagined—“human parking spots” in Dolores Park.  

That’s all for today. Remember, you can always listen instead on Capiche.fm. Also, as a reminder, tomorrow will be our last newsletter before we pick back up again in the new year. Thanks for all your support and feedback thus far. You guys are the best, and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come! - Nick