Valencia Street

CEO of Kontraband Beatz, Antonio Washington is an easy-going guy with high ambitions. Photo by Daniel Mondragón

Young Mission Talent: Antonio Washington

Daniel Mondragón is a 25-year-old photographer who was born and raised in the Mission. As part of our series Young Mission Talent, Mondragón takes portraits of his favorite young artists of the Mission District and talks...
The vacant storefront in the middle could have been a Jack Spade.  Next door, Idol Vintage recently moved out.  Photo by Lydia Chávez

More Big Brands Eye the Mission’s Edginess

“The Mission District.” It’s not just a place. It’s an idea. It’s a style. And for growing number of national and international retailers, it’s a desirable brand worthy of association. The English clothing store Fred...
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...
Old station at Valencia

Mission’s New Condos Built Atop Old Gas Stations (and Leaky Gas Tanks)

Amid so much new development in the city, it would be easy for the 42 condos proposed for the corner of 23rd and Valencia to become but a footnote in the stacks of building proposals...