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San Francisco lifts Upper Fillmore restaurant ban

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First Noe Valley, then the Castro and now Upper Fillmore. The long standing bans on new restaurants enacted decades ago are being overturned by city officials.

The Upper Fillmore ban was enacted in 1987 and on Tuesday, under legislation introduced by Supervisor Mark Farrell, it was lifted by the Board of Supervisors in an 8-0 vote.

Such bans were put in place to prevent restaurants and bars from multiplying quickly and upsetting the “commercial equilibrium by forcing out critical neighborhood services,” according to the Planning Department’s report on the legislation.

The report said that the bans were meant to “to slowly decrease the number of these uses over time; however, the Planning Department found that ... this prohibition often created a stagnant restaurant scene, with few remaining restaurants not catering to the needs of the community.”

Also, the report said that in recent years there has been a shift in people’s attitudes. They now are more inclined to see food and drink places as “integral components of a thriving neighborhood.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com