The Thriftown rooftop two weeks ago.

HISTORY: 17 Reasons Remembered

“When I came to San Francisco, I saw that fantastic sign…with no explanation but it was enough for me,” wrote Glen Mehn in a 2002 letter to the city protesting the removal of the icon. “I knew where I wanted to live…in the Mission, close to that sign.” Read the Full Story HERE.
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

29th and Mission Blaze That Displaced Dozens “Most Likely Accidental”

San Francisco fire investigators have concluded that the five-alarm fire that swept through seven buildings at the corner of 29th and Mission streets and displaced dozens of residents and businesses was most likely an accident caused by cigarettes or smoldering coals. The fire investigation report states that the fire likely started in two trash cans near the back of the roof...
Amanda Ngo, owner of Duc Loi supermarket.

VIDEO: SF Mission District’s Duc Loi Invites 1,000 to Lunch

Duc Loi’s Thanksgiving Day lunch will start at noon on Thursday. Amanda Ngo is still looking for volunteers – community members who are interested in helping out are asked to come by the market, located at 2200 Mission st., today.  
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

One Camp Cleared, But Bed Shortage Looms in SF Mission

A homeless encampment around 15th and Treat streets in the Mission District has been partially cleared despite the fact that the city is short on beds in which to place them. The area, which was scheduled to be cleared by today, has been split into two smaller areas to work on piece by piece, said a spokesperson for the city’s...
The gambling den at 133 Lilac St. as seen from Lilac Alley. The Lilac Alley address is the back of the old Fizzary building on Mission Street. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Gambling and Prostitutes Thrive at Mission Street Den

For the second time in a year, an illegal gambling den and brothel has taken over the same building on Mission Street, bringing late-night parties, prostitutes, and back-alley fights to the surrounding area, according to three neighbors who spoke anonymously for fear of retaliation. The gambling den, located at 2949 Mission St. between 25th and 26th streets and up until...

Community Music Center Celebrates 95th Anniversary

The Community Music Center celebrated its 95th anniversary on Sunday with a “Field Day at CMC,” reference to its founder, Gertrude Field. Hundreds of performers, students, and listeners crowded its auditorium to enjoy a five-hour marathon of back-to-back performances from musicians of all ages. Guests also enjoyed refreshments, an “instrument petting zoo,” and a room filled with documents, photos and films from...

Crash Victims’ Families Call for Better Traffic Safety

Half of the patients seen at San Francisco General Hospital’s Trauma Center are there because they were injured in traffic collisions, according to San Franscisco’s Department of Public Health. Trauma surgeons respond to a serious traffic injury about every 17 hours. Treating such injuries costs about $35 million annually. To shed light on the trauma and cost of traffic injuries...
File photo: The view going up Dolores Street on a cloudy day.

Developments in Development: Shifts and Uncertainty

I must have angered the universe with my last happy-go-lucky, things-are-looking-up column because now there is tension, fear, but most of all uncertainty in the air. By that I do mean the election, but I’m not sure that the election alone is at the center of the unease that seems to have touched the development and real estate world locally....
The exterior of Montella Pizzeria is as warm as the service inside.

How Do You Achieve Montella’s Pizza? Study, Practice, Study

Luigi “Gigi” Montella’s culinary direction was crystal clear. There is one way to make Neapolitan cuisine – “Gigi’s way.” Montella left nothing to speculation. Variation in production, ingredient quality, or presentation was simply not permitted. Now, one of his disciples has opened a pizzeria bearing Montella’s name on 24th Street. 20 years ago, pizzeria called Toto’s completely under Gigi’s control was graced...

Mission Beach Café – Go for the Burger!

Mission Beach Café has been around ten years or so, and it’s mostly known as a brunch place. I mean, It’s really known as a brunch place: there are lines down the block on the weekends. Dinner is usually not as busy. Like a lot of places, they pride themselves on being local and seasonal, which they are. The space...
Photo by Elizabeth Creely

Talk of the Mission: A New Mona Caron Mural on 21st Street

On Wednesday, November 16th, Mona Caron, the muralist whose work graces walls from Bolivia to Noe Valley, was up on some scaffolding painting a mural, her eighth in San Francisco, for Pedal Revolution, the bike shop at 3085 21st St. that doubles as a nonprofit job training program for youth. It was a cold day, with a sharp wind blowing...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

San Francisco’s Homeless Czar Talks Encampment Strategy

Still in its infancy, San Francisco’s five-month-old Department of Homelessness is developing new methods for moving an estimated 800 individuals living in 78 encampments around the city off the streets, according to Jeff Kositsky, who directs the new department that will eventually have some 110 people under his direction.  The department started with Islais Creek south of the Dogpatch in late August,...
The 20 Mission building and future home of Café Laundré seen from 20th Street. Photo by Laura Wenus

Café and Laundromat Headed for Former T-Mobile on 20th and Mission

A combination laundromat and café will occupy the space at the corner of Mission and 20th streets come January in the form of Laundré. The café-laundromat will feature a full-scale coffee bar alongside energy-efficient laundry machines and free soap with every wash. Owner Ariana Roviello noted that while a typical wash-and-dry cycle takes about 90 minutes to two hours, it will...
Multikulti at 539 Valencia St. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Multikulti on Valencia Street to Close After 16 Years

The clothing and accessories shop Multikulti, which has been on Valencia Street for the past 16 years, is shutting its doors in a month and a half, its owner said, because of a rent spike. “The rent is gonna increase,” said Reda Darwish, adding that he was presented with a three-year lease option that would have cost him $5,000 a...