Mission Street

Installing the transit-only lanes. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SFMTA Plans to Tweak Mission Street Transit Changes

San Francisco’s transit agency is proposing to roll back some of the traffic changes made along Mission Street when the city installed red bus-only lanes from 14th Street to Cortland Avenue.   The Municipal Transit Agency announced on Monday that its board would consider removal of two forced right turns at 22nd and 26th streets in order to give drivers four blocks of through traffic to...
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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.
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Mission District Goodwill Store to Close in September

Update: Mission Local originally reported that the the Mission’s Goodwill store at 2279 Mission St. will close on August 21, but that date has been moved back to September 20. Following the closure of Goodwill’s mid-market store on Thursday, the discount retailer’s smaller, location at 2279 Mission near 19th street is also set to close this summer after the building...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Homelessness: A Part of SF’s Streetscape

We do it all the time . We walk by the homeless people on the street, sleeping or asking for money. The homeless people that I’ve met in encampments would talk pretty easily to strangers, but those in the commercial areas often seemed to be angry – and rightfully so.  They did not want to talk with me, and made it very clear that...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Five Alarm Fire Displaces 58 at 29th and Mission

If you would like to help victims of the fire, please visit our list of suggestions here. A five-alarm fire erupted at 3112 Mission St. shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, sending up a plume of smoke that could be seen around the city and affecting some six buildings around 29th and Mission streets. Firefighters said they had searched a...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Community Meeting Set to Discuss Mission St. “Red Carpet”

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority has scheduled a community meeting for 6 p.m. on June 20 at the Mission Cultural Center to discuss the effects of the transit-only lanes and turn restrictions implemented along the Mission Street corridor from 14th Street to 30th Street, which have drawn major backlash from drivers and businesses who say access to the street has become much...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Mission St. Hair Salon Finds Home in Former Gallery

These days we hear a lot about Mission shops closing their doors, but it is less often we hear about classic Mission businesses being able to expand into new locations in the neighborhood. Chely’s hair salon is one of these businesses that’s been able to upgrade and move into a larger, updated location with more visibility. “[In the old location]...
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More Than Trims at New Mission St. Grooming Club

Sure, Mission Street has plenty of hair salons, but have you ever been to a “grooming club”? That’s the idea behind The Refinery, now open on Mission Street near 22nd: Not really a barbershop, not really just a place to get your hair cut, but a place to be thoroughly groomed. It’s not a barber shop because DiCaro is not...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

More Criticism of Mission Street’s “Red Carpet”

A business owner lambasted the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority’s Board of Directors on Tuesday, saying traffic changes along Mission Street have cost her business and threatening closures. Neighborhood residents at the meeting called the changes a form of violence.   The changes include transit-only lanes and many left turn turn restrictions, plus forced right turns at certain intersections. Eden...
Roberto Hernandez discusses fires. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

New Fire Legislation Would Require More Communication from Landlords

San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and Jane Kim on Tuesday introduced legislation intended to protect tenants in the event of a fire by requiring that landlords keep the city informed of safety standards within their buildings. The legislation would also require that all buildings be outfitted with smoke detectors and loud alarms. It would mandate that landlords file reports with...
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Why the San Francisco International Film Fest Moved to the Mission

The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Castro Theater, but after the opening, the majority of the festival’s will be held in the Mission District for the first time ever. Mission Local spoke with SFIFF Executive Director Noah Cowan about the transition and what it will change. Mission Local: Was there a moment when someone said, hey,...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

City May Revise Changes to Mission Street Amid Backlash

As the city rolls out changes  — and a red carpet for buses — along Mission Street, negative feedback has flooded the office of Supervisor David Campos and may prompt the transit agency to put the brakes on some of its plans. “Most people working by, living on, and driving down Mission Street will tell you that the new transit-only...
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Crash Kills Driver on Mission Street

Police report a 51-year-old man was killed on Saturday, April 9, at 9:39 p.m. when his vehicle was traveling southbound on Mission but pulled into oncoming traffic. The crash, police report, was possibly due to the driver having a medical emergency. The collision occurred on Mission Street between 18th and 19th streets. No other injuries were reported as a result...
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Protesters March Against Police Use of Force in SF Mission

In response to deadly shootings at the hands of police nationwide, members of the ANSWER coalition and other protesters marched from 24th and Mission streets to the Mission police station on Friday evening. At 6:30 p.m., some 50 people gathered at the 24th and Mission BART plaza to make statements. “I’m here because I’m smart, because I have an education, because if...
Photo by Lola M. Chávez

School Eyes Commercial Space at Vida Building

A private elementary school is eyeing one of the vacant commercial spaces below the Vida apartment complex on Mission Street near 22nd Street as a potential location for its expansion into middle school. Alta Vista School, a nonprofit private school, will have a public pre-application meeting on April 7 to get community feedback before it applies for a change of...