Tag Archives: 24th Street

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Día de los Muertos Sweeps Through SF Mission

Hundreds of people gathered in the Mission last night to watch a procession of skeletons on stilts, indigenous dancers, skeleton-painted faces, and candle-holding participants commemorating their passed ancestors and loved ones. Crowds thronged 24th Street, spilling from packed sidewalks onto the street, with their phones overhead to catch the march going by. Some darted into barber shops, where they could get their face painted...
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Developments in Development: Expansions

Let’s take a break from condos this week! Not necessarily in the moratorium sense – I mean, let’s talk for a change about three local businesses expanding elsewhere in the city. First, congratulations to 826 Valencia, a.k.a. the Pirate Supply Store. The nonprofit, founded by writer Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, helps under-resourced children improve their writing skills with...
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Shooting, Burglary and Seven Robberies in SF Mission

A 25-year-old male was grazed in the head by a bullet at Rolph playground on 26th and Hampshire streets Friday morning. The victim was waiting to meet someone at the playground when he was approached by two men in their 20s at approximately 11:50 a.m. One of the suspects shot the victim with a handgun, and the men then fled...
The "Chata" mural, in memory of KPOO radio host Micaela "Chata" Gutierrez, faces west at the corner of 24th and South Van Ness streets. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Mural Honors Legacy of Chata Gutierrez

As local musicians, poets, housing advocates, and community members joined forces in commemorating one of the Mission District’s most beloved voices this Saturday, Carlos “Kookie” Gonzalez stood among his peers before a colorful mural at 24th and South Van Ness Streets, carefully observing his work. “This mural is a stance against big business and big money,” the local muralist and...
24th Street Bar, located on 3336 24th Street. Photo by Meira Gebel.

24th St. Bar Gets Cozy at What Was The Attic

Caroline Brown, owner of the new 24th Street Bar, sat composed in the naturally-lit, wood walled space, reveling in the launch of the bar’s new website: a launch into the world of social media, that she knows little about. That, she said, will be easy. What was more difficult was moving into the space in June that was formerly home...
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Motorcycle, Car Crash on South Van Ness

At around 6:30 p.m., a motorcycle and car collided at 24th and South Van Ness streets. Neither the car nor the motorcycle seemed heavily damaged, and nobody appeared to have been seriously injured, although at least one ambulance and one fire engine arrived to tend to the victims. We will update this post if we receive any additional information.
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Forum Takes On Homophobia Among Latinos

The artist whose mural on LGBT love that has been vandalized at least four times said on Saturday at a community forum that he failed to foresee the impact and called the vandalism an attempt to “erase” the homosexuality that is a part of Latino and cholo culture. “All of a sudden it got vandalized, and I realized I was...
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Crime Recap: 2 Robberies, Arson, and Brandishing of a Weapon

Robbery with a side of Carjacking: At 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at 19th and York Streets, a 49-year-old male exited a running, white vehicle while a 40-year-old man produced a handgun, signaling for the victim to exit his vehicle. The suspect then entered the vehicle and fled the scene. The victim was not injured. No arrests have been made. Robbery...
Connie Walkershaw, sax player for The Mission 7. Photo courtesy of The Mission 7.

The Mission 7 to Unveil New Eclectic Sound

Five uniquely different musicians from contrasting backgrounds form The Mission 7, a band born in the Mission District that specializes in a wide array of sounds:  boogaloo, Latin soul, retro garage rock, and a little bit of Colombia. The Mission 7 developed from Go Van Gogh,  a previous band with Jesse Walkershaw, bassist and vocalist, and sax player Connie Walkershaw. The Mission 7 sound promises...
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San Francisco Chronicle Ceases Circulation at all BART Stations

For more than 16 years, Al Cummings bought the San Francisco Chronicle on his way to work from a woman – always smiling, he wrote – set up at the bottom of the stairs at the 24th Street Bart Station.  Lately, however, the woman and her colleague at the southeast end of the station, are no longer there. They won’t return, said Karen Jay from the Chronicle’s...
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Church Uses Clout and Prayer to Press SF Officials on Housing

For years, the Catholic Church has worked on immigrant rights, but nowadays in San Francisco, housing has moved to the top of the church’s social justice agenda. To that end it is organizing prayer vigils, developing surveys and forming alliances with some of the political groups that have already done extensive ground work such as Causa Justa and the Plaza...
Cuicalli Escuela de Danza perform in front of “The Phoenix” by Li’l Lango. Photo by Jeanita Lyman

Baile En La Calle Offers Art, Dance and Solidarity

Choreographers and muralists invested hours of work to make Sunday’s Baile en la Calle event a success that engaged a small crowd in dancing, art, and social justice. “We were here until the sun went down to finish,” Tirso Gonzalez Araiza told the crowd gathered at Ralph Maradiaga Children’s Park. Araiza was the lead artist on “El Juego de la Resistencia,” (the Resistance Game) the...
Census data mapped by tract. Dark red indicates median income of over $75,000 a year. Via Census Explorer / ACB

Once Working Class, the Mission Continues to Shift

In several recent meetings, activists have shouted down developers over the changes in the Mission and the displacement of low-income communities of color. Census data shows how profound those changes have been. Long a working class neighborhood, the Mission’s average earnings have risen steadily since 2000, climbing from $54,000 (unadjusted) to $82,000 a year. Its foreign residents are still mostly from Latin America,...
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A full moon ritutal rages into adolescence

Every month, a community of poets, artists, listeners, elders, youths, and organizers gathers under the full moon at Galería de la Raza on 24th street. The cultural hub’s Lunada is usually an open-mic event, but Saturday evening was a special occasion: The Lunada at the Galería turned 15 years old, and the evening was accordingly festive. Local stars like Marc David...
Police follow the procession on the anniversary of Alex Nieto's death, keeping a short distance.

Police Shooting Anniversary Brings Community, Lowriders to the Streets

On the first anniversary of Alejandro “Alex” Nieto’s death, more than a hundred people took to the streets of the Mission with his family and friends, to show solidarity with Nieto’s kin and remember him by the things he loved: lowriders, music, and dance. A crowd that began as 20 praying at Bernal Heights Park quickly swelled on Saturday afternoon, as Nieto’s...