Christopher Gil sent over a piece on how the Mission Economic Development Agency, known as MEDA, worked with the developers of Urban Putt to address some neighborhood concerns about the “Disneyfication” of the Mission:
Residents were worried that the neighborhood was quickly becoming an entertainment destination showcasing an imbalance of bars and restaurants, which in turn meant fewer options for the families that have long called the neighborhood home. Valencia Street, where a high-end restaurant seems to open every week, was pointed to as an example of what could happen to the entire Mission.
MEDA worked with Urban Putt to make sure Mission District residents’ concerns were addressed. The first step in the right direction occurred when Urban Putt came to MEDA to hire some of the latter’s Workforce Development clients.
Chris Tugwell, MEDA’s Workforce Manager, sums up what occurred: “MEDA’s Workforce Development staff held pre-screening interviews, got together the needed applications and engaged in one-on-one job coaching. Urban Putt will be hiring up to 15 MEDA clients when all is said and done! We appreciate Urban Putt giving back to the community.”
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