Local History

The Nuestra Historia project aims to document and preserve Latino voices through documenting oral histories such as the family of John Trasviña. Photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu.

Preserving San Francisco’s Latino Voices

If San Francisco city planners had known more about the former thriving North Beach Latino neighborhood near Guadalupe Church, they would have done more to minimize the negative impact of the Broadway Tunnel, which ultimately displaced the community...
Esta Noche in sepia tone. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

R-Rated and Ephemeral: Spinning LGBT History

It was San Francisco’s last Latino-owned gay bar—open from 1981 to 2014, featured on HBO’s Looking, the launching pad of countless drag queens’ careers, a safe haven for many. Nowadays, Esta Noche is being gutted...
Tim League chats with Tiffany Schoepp, a Mission resident who wants to see the theater offer a wide range of cinematic experiences, at Mission Bar on Thursday night. Photo by Laura Wenus

From Austin With Love; Alamo Owner Meets Mission

A thick knot of people clustered around one particularly genial man at Mission Bar late Thursday, but not just because he was buying the drinks. Tim League, the center of attention that night, is the...
The huge printing presses took up an entire floor of the large warehouse at 298 Alabama. Photo by Sean Dana.

Where New Tech Arrives, Old Tech Once Roared

Soon, Googlistas could roam a building that once served the Black Panthers, police officers, underground cartoonists, sexually open swingers and many more. Luring all these groups to one location was the promise of professionally printed...

Clip 2: The Housing Crisis, 1978

Mission History: Clips 1 and 2 Clip 3 on Thursday. En Español