Music, Makers and Civics at Sunday Streets

A somewhat blustery and slightly overcast day didn’t deter hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists from strolling or cruising along Valencia Street on Sunday. Live music in the streets and clouds of bubbles are hard to resist. But the civic engagement groups were particularly noticeable at this particular iteration of Sunday Streets as well, with both local political hopefuls and a plethora of...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Crowd Celebrates Noise Pop Block Party on 20th St.

Several thousand people showed up today to the 20th street block party sponsored by Noise Pop,  a Mission-based music promoter. The party was also a chance to celebrate education and immigrant right activist Rosario Anaya, and raise money for the Mission Language and Vocational School that will be named in her honor. Food, vending, and music filled the four block radius and the...
Shepard Fairey's new mural   at 701 Alabama St. is in progress. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Artist Shepard Fairey Brings Social Justice Mural to SF Mission

A poster rendition of President Barack Obama superimposed with the word “Hope” catapulted street artist Shepard Fairey into mainstream consciousness during the 2008 election, and the internationally recognized street artist is now spreading his art – and politics – to the Mission. On Thursday, Fairey could be seen standing on a lift some 20 feet in the air against the...
Photo by Manuel A. Yánez

Photo Essay: King of the Streets

I took these pictures last Sunday when tens and tens of Lowriders paraded down Mission on their way to 2016 “King of the Streets” Lowrider Cruise & Hopping Contest  at Fort Mason. It was impressive and fun to see so many Lowriders make their way down Mission St on their way to Fort Mason for a car show and hopping competition.
Olga Sanchez shares a single room with her husband and three children. "I have a 14-year-old son, and it is frustrating when he asks me for his own room. I know that he needs his own space. He sometimes tells me, 'I will never let my family live in these kinds of conditions.'"

Latina Mothers Turn Lens on Housing Conditions in the Mission

Through photographs and personal narratives, eight low-income, Latina mothers in the Mission showcased their living conditions, displacement, and housing insecurity for the photo voice exhibit, “An American Dream?” on July 13 at the Mission Neighborhood Centers at 362 Capp St. Low-income families, in particular Mission families, have been deeply affected by the housing crisis. Many live doubled up in rooms, hotels...