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Rendering of potential ground floor space at 1515 15th Street. Photo from promotional video by Polaris Pacific.

Enter the Void 2: Hip and Empty in the Internet Age

Consider the marketing language of the Mission’s newly opened mixed-use developments: “Indie boutiques, avant-garde residences and a lively arts scene distinguish the new commerce of the area,” reads the brochure of the newly-built 1515 15th...
The empty storefront at the corner of 19th and Valencia. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Enter the Void: New Buildings, Vacant Storefronts

In the Mission this past year, at least four large mixed-use developments have opened their glittering modern doors for amenity-rich housing to those who can afford it (and, in the case of about 50 out...
Woodward Gardens, 1875, Photo by TE Hecht Courtesy of SF Found.

From Transit Hub, to Drug Hub to McCoppin Plaza

Shaping San Francisco, a participatory community history project, created an outdoor gallery on Sunday afternoon showcasing 17 historical images from the former Market Street Hub Neighborhood. A lively spot in the 1940s, it is the current site of San...
A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals. Airbnb visitors spent $8.3 million in the Mission District between April 2013 and March 2014. Photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu.

Airbnb Hosts, ‘It’s About the Economy + Experience’

For the last four years, Jessica H., a community mental health worker who lives near San Francisco General Hospital, has used Airbnb to rent out rooms to visiting tourists in her Mission District home. As...
Rendering of the plans for 490 South Van Ness. Image courtesy Forum Design Architects.

Condo Project Delayed Again as Commish Agrees the Developer Must Talk to Marshall Parents

“It’s been a long, long process,” said pro-development advocate Sean Keighran of the hotly contested 490 South Van Ness condo development at today’s Planning Commission meeting.  And it will be even longer.  The project, which...