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Former Mayor Willie Brown Will Be Your Guide on the Inaugural Barbary Coast Trail Walk

Here's a way to show off your Halloween costume around town: by participating in this Sunday's Barbary Coast Trail Walk, where flamboyant Grand Marshal Mayor Willie Brown (who, along with other guides, will be in Barbary Coast costumes) will lead you through the city's most historically vibrant neighborhoods. Participants in this inaugural 3.5-mile walking event will meet at Mint Plaza at 9 am and walk through downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero, then clear on down to the water.

Parking Quiz Answer! How To Park Downtown

A few hours ago our parking guru David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, provided you with a little parking quiz about the secret to easy downtown parking. Here's the solution to a new era of stress-free commuting to work!

Parking Quiz: Downtown Parking

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

For those of you who work downtown and commute by car, listen up: there are more parking spots out there than you know about. We'll post about where they are and how to spot them in a few hours, but for now, test your parking IQ with this quiz (we'll post the answer to the quiz in a bit as well).

What percentage of moving traffic in the SF business districts are drivers searching for curbside parking?

Downtown, Just Opened in Union Square, Gets Some 'New York Times Style Magazine' Love

The just-opened, super-posh Union Square boutique, Downtown, got some ink this weekend in the New York Times Style Magazine Fall Fashion edition

If you haven't checked out the shop's offerings yet, they're worth a gander, even if it is to ogle the price tags. The store features may one-of-a-kind pieces and is located in a former brothel on Maiden Lane, which owner Michael Kelter tells the Times "is mysterious yet inviting and evokes a sense of history."

The Frisco Kid: Parenthood by Zip Code

The result of sex in the city? Urban parenthood—an opinionated world often divided into two Type-A tribes: The uptowners ($750 strollers, night nurses, feeder preschools) and downtowners (doulas, slings, ironic onesies). Wherever you fall, though, we’ve got you covered.

ALT BABY

What’s in a Name? A sampling from the roster of a liberal Mission District preschool: Atticus, Huxley, Calder, Arlo, Harper, Coyote, Alabama, Lola, Hero, Emilia

Do Good on Friday, and Macy’s Street Teams May Give You $25

Bestow random acts of kindness, and you may be rewarded in unexpected ways. No, we’re not recalling a message from our last fortune cookie, but the latest holiday promotion from Macy’s.

On Friday, Dec. 11, two street teams (dubbed the Macy’s Believe Newsboys) will be roving through downtown San Francisco looking for people doing good acts in their daily lives. When they spot a deserving individual, street teams will reward them for their positive deeds and acts of kindness with $25 Macy’s Believe Bonus cards, good toward future purchases at the department store.

The promotion is part of Macy’s National Believe Day, which encourages the spirit of the season through various charitable initiatives.

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