Who We Are

Upper Noe Neighbors (UNN) brings our community together to learn about issues affecting our area, provides a voice for our neighbors in local government and communicates news and events.

Upper Noe Neighbors was started in March of 1988 by residents Sue Bowie (of local real estate fame) and Janice Gendreau. The thought was that Upper Noe, which extends from Cesar Chavez Street south to 30th, needed its own voice in the neighborhood landscape.

Unlike the 24th Street commercial corridor, Upper Noe’s outer Church Street businesses are interspersed among houses, flats and apartments. Because we are served by a different police district and are home to one of the park department’s major recreation centers, it was decided that Upper Noe warranted its own representation to the City. Thus was born Upper Noe Neighbors.

UNN traditionally hosted speakers on a variety of topics of local interest, engaged in city issues and held social events. In 2000, Upper Noe Neighbors elected officers. Vicki Rosen, our president until she passed away in June 2015, was a participant at the first UNN meeting and remained active in the organization from that point on.

Neighborhood and city-wide issues have been part of UNN’s activism. Issues with which we’ve become involved over the years include building development, a temporary gay homeless shelter, MUNI handicap ramps, the fate of nearby St. Luke’s Hospital, and streetcar noise. Through our neighborhood group, our voices are heard by elected officials, agency representatives, the district police captain and representatives of non-profits and large corporations alike.

UNN strives to bring visibility to the southern part of Noe Valley. The growth of restaurants and stores along Church Street south of Cesar Chavez has added to the area’s vitality. We have upscale restaurants like Noeteca and La Ciccia, casual cafes over at Martha & Bros. Coffee and Toast Eatery and grocery stores such as Church Produce and Drewes Bros. Meats. We also have interior design, fashion and a host of other vibrant businesses.

Upper Noe also has a popular, recently refurbished recreation center, complete with an indoor basketball gym, tennis courts, a ballfield, a playground and indoor activities. For more information like hours and classes, please visit Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center.

We strongly encourage you, our neighbors, to join us with your ideas for keeping UNN relevant and supportive of the needs of Upper Noe. This is your neighborhood group and we want your involvement!

For more information, please contact us at info@uppernoeneighbors.com

Olga Milan-Howells, President
Chris Faust, Vice President
Erin Zielinski, Treasurer
Sara Fenske Bahat, Secretary
David Emanuel, Director at Large