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Wall of empathy at 16th BART station.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Artists to Close Empathy Wall Tonight with Community Gathering

The array of sticky notes full of positive, inclusive, hopeful messages written by passerby at 16th and Mission streets will be taken down and preserved on Friday evening, artists who organized the public participatory art installation say. Though they originally planned to remove the notes the same day, the “Dumbledore’s Army Guerillas” have kept the wall open to messages all week. To protect...
Wall of empathy at 16th BART station.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Notes of Post-Election Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th...
Valerie Tulier-Luiwa, facilitator of Mission Peace Collaborative, asks children of Mission Neighborhood Center to read their pledge, at Mission and 24th Streets, on November 4, 2016. Photo by Julio Marcial

Communities Rally for Reprieve from Gun Violence

Organizers, politicians, and young people rallied at 24th and Mission streets on Friday night, calling for a 60-day moratorium on street violence and enlisting local political leaders to pledge to create policies that would divert young people from crime. “We don’t want any mothers, fathers, sisters or brothers crying. We want everyone to go to the holidays and every family...
BART Board of Directors candidates for District 9: Michael Petrelis, Bevan Dufty, and Gwyneth Borden (left to right). Photo by Laura Waxmann

BART Board Candidates Talk Upgrades, Future of Transit System

The candidates vying for two seats on the BART Board of Directors said on Monday that they are in support of a $3.5 million bond measure that would help upgrade the derelict public transportation system. During a candidate debate forum held in the recreation room at Mission Pool, the candidates answered questions about much needed improvements to the 44-year-old transit system and...
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Guerrero St. Median To Get Love from Community

The Guerrero Street median will get a thorough grooming on April 2, and community members are invited to participate in a day of maintenance and beautification organized by the Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association. The Department of Public Works plans to cone off both inner traffic lanes on Guerrero Street from 17th to 18th streets as participants work to remove weeds and prune existing plants, re-populate empty...
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Rally for Women’s Rights in SF Met With Some Sexist Heckling

At a rally for women’s rights to mark International Women’s Day, a few passerby shouted “bitch” and “shut up” at speakers who assembled in the rain on Saturday afternoon at the 24th Street BART Plaza. “You’re a bitch,” one man shouted at Frank Lara, a teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann school nearby and one of a handful of men to attend the...
Domestic workers and their supporters gathered at the 24th Street Bart Plaza to rally for overtime pay protections in the industry. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Domestic Workers Rally for Overtime Pay Protections

Despite a steady downpour of rain, a group of domestic workers and their supporters gathered at the 24th Street Bart Plaza this morning, carrying posters that called for dignity and economic justice throughout the industry. With music, dance and testimonials, the group of men and women announced the launch of a statewide campaign to make overtime pay for domestic workers a permanent protection in California. In...
Community members write their feedback on notes. Photo by Laura Wenus

Community Suggests Downsizing 380-Unit SF Housing Project

A coalition of San Francisco organizations long-opposed to the construction of a 10-story, 380-unit building at the 16th and Mission BART plaza by Maximus Development met last week to present alternatives for the space including a popular option to downsize the proposed development to a four-story, 150-unit building. The coalition’s three proposals include a single-story commercial space with some green space...
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Meet the Neighbors: Bank Teller Nydia (Sponsored)

A bank teller and mom shares memories of her first time in the Mission and how she’s seen it change, and talks about the people that she meets in the plaza and at the bank. Listen below, and leave a comment to be entered to win one of ten $20 BART tickets: About this project: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative...
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Meet the Neighbors: Meghan and Yael (Sponsored)

  About this project: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative between the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Andrea Baker Consulting with the intention of initiating a conversation about the 16th Street BART plazas and the people (our neighbors) who use and traverse the plaza — sometimes on a daily basis. Oftentimes, we use a place and yet we do not...
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Meet the Neighbors: Linda (Sponsored)

Linda loves to roller skate, and tells the long history of San Franciscan skating. Listen below, and leave a comment to be entered to win one of ten $20 BART tickets: About this project: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative between the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Andrea Baker Consulting with the intention of initiating a conversation about the 16th...
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Meet the Neighbors: Nikolas Larson (Sponsored)

Ever wondered where the chalk-art stage at the 16th and Mission plaza poetry slams come from? Meet one of the artists behind the work. Listen below, and leave a comment to be entered to win one of ten $20 BART tickets: About this project: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative between the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Andrea Baker Consulting with...
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Meet the Neighbors: Wendell Simlin (Sponsored)

  Del’s story involves international events that ultimately led to him spending most of his time at 16th and Mission. Listen below, and leave a comment to be entered to win one of ten $20 BART tickets: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative between the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Andrea Baker Consulting with the intention of initiating a conversation about...
The piece of broken metal at the 24th St. BART escalator that hit a woman in the leg. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

24th St. BART Escalator Part Snaps, Injures Four

A piece of metal broke off an interior up escalator at the 24th St. BART Station at 7:30 p.m. and hit one woman in the knee, causing an injury that required a medical escort. Three others were lightly injured by the subsequent pile-up. “It hurts like hell,” said Meredith MacFayden, who was below the woman who was hit. She said that...