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...