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One Year Anniversary for RinconHillSF.org

Photo taken by Jamie Whitaker

It was one year ago today, February 17th, 2007, that I made the decision to pay for web hosting space to start this neighborhood blog with the hopes that it would provide an online tool for folks in the neighborhood to get to know one another and to work together to improve our quality of life. I’ll give Senator Barack Obama some credit for inspiring me – talking about his original efforts as a community organizer in Chicago’s south side when he announced on February 10th that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

Originally, I was calling the blog RHATANA.org, an acronym based on “Rincon Hill and Transbay Area Neighborhood Association.” After a few weeks, I decided to just go with RinconHillSF.org – we’re already considered SOMA by many, so why add another acronym to the mix?

My first couple of weeks were spent trying to pick a blogging software platform. I landed on WordPress because it seemed to be fairly easy to use while also offering a lot of bells and whistles if I should find the time to explore it further. I posted the first message on February 28, 2007, which was this quote from famous sociologist Margaret Mead:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

I enjoy this hobby very much, though it does have to take a backseat to my work life once in awhile. In the not too distant future, this blog will likely be rolled up into the relatively new Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association’s next web site release where I hope to continue contributing, hopefully with others, to the primary clearinghouse for news of interest to Rincon Hill neighborhood residents, workers, and visitors.

Anyway … I hope to motivate even more of you to get intimately involved in developing the community fabric in our neighborhood by investing yourselves in groups and activities (social, political, and otherwise) and by supporting our neighborhood businesses. The Rincon Hill neighborhood has a wonderful future ahead of it, finally returning to its residential roots again.

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