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Burger Pop-Up Gets Brick and Mortar in SF Mission

WesBurger, a pop-up purveyor of specialty burgers in the Western Addition, will open in March at 2240 Mission St.  In its new space next to Mission Chinese Food, which also began as a pop-up, it will become WesBurger n’ More, said owner Wes Rowe. Rowe will take over the place where Palacio Latino served food until December, 2014. It was forced to close...
Chariot founder Ali Vahabzadeh hopes to fill the gaps in public transportation with his private shuttle service. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Can New Shuttle Service Curb San Francisco’s Transportation Trouble?

Tech-based micro transit is trying to innovate solutions to San Francisco’s crowded public transportation system by taking cues from a ride system from the 1970s.   While San Francisco’s transit agency is trying to streamline its services and hiking fares, entrepreneurial service providers are tapping into a new market to fill the gaps where public transit is lacking. Susan Shaheen,...
SFMTA has removed several bus stops along Mission Street to replace them with parking and make the buses run faster. Photo by Laura Wenus

Commuters Voice Mixed Feelings About Mission St. Changes

San Francisco’s Mission Street is undergoing significant transformation in the coming months, but there is skepticism among drivers and bus riders that the changes will be for the better. As of last Friday, several bus stops along the corridor including those at 15th, 19th, 21st and 23rd streets had vanished. The city will now begin turning one of the lanes...
Rendering of what Mission Street may look like soon via SFMTA

Heads Up: Major Traffic Changes Coming to Mission St.

Transit riders and drivers alike should brace themselves for some significant changes coming to Mission Street’s traffic rules, some coming as early as this month. As of Friday, 14 and 49 buses have eliminated stops at 15th, 19th, 21st and 23rd streets. Over the next two months, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will paint red transit-only lanes all along the corridor. Finally, between March and April, left turns will...
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Litquake Event Relocates to SF Mission’s Alamo Drafthouse

A small literary event series took root in San Francisco 17 years ago. Within a few years of its launch, it had become a nine-day, citywide festival promoting literature in venues around town called Litquake. It also features a series of monthly literary conversations with authors called Epicenters, until recently held at the now-shuttered Viracocha. Litquake has relocated its Epicenters to the Alamo Drafthouse at the...
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Mission Eyes: The Force Awakens at SF’s New Mission Theater

Tickets to see the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse, newly opened on Mission Street, sold out very quickly. But that didn’t stop fans of all ages from streaming through the newly reopened doors, whether they were there to watch the film, just have a drink or simply admire the historic building. Mission Local caught up with a...
The former Fizzary — the site of an illegal gambling den and brothel — after it was tagged by its owner Taylor Peck in 2015. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Illegal Gambling Den and Brothel in SF Mission Evades Shutdown Despite Police Presence

An illegal gambling den and brothel in the Mission District that has been the site of a shooting and multiple calls to the police in the past few months is seemingly immune to closure, despite frequent raids from law enforcement. “The police have been here six times, and they come in and take the liquor, but [the people] get let go,” said...
The Mission Street entrance door of Vida Apartments smashed by an unknown suspect last week. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Mission Condo Windows Smashed in ‘Direct Attack’ on ‘Gentrification’

The brightly colored Vida Apartments on Mission Street were attacked sometime last week when someone smashed the condo building’s front windows and badly cracked four panes of glass before fleeing the scene. Video of the incident, seemingly filmed by someone involved, was posted online shortly after the attack and shows someone in jeans and a dark hoodie walking calmly up to the apartment’s...
The Redlick Building. Photo courtesy of Studio 17.

Compromise and Conflict At Redlick Building As Artists Depart

After years of controversial changes at the Redlick Building on Mission and 17th streets, agreements have been reached that may increase the amount of artist space in the building while also legalizing non zoning compliant office space. Still, some tenants are celebrating new leases while others are packing their bags, displaced and displeased. Rick Holman, a partner in the Mission Street LLC,...
Araceli and Fernando in front of some salvaged watches. Araceli insisted on the sassy pose. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

One Store Recovers from the Mission Fire to Reopen

Thalia’s Jewelry Shop, which was one of our co-tenants at 2588 Mission Street before the building burned in January, is having a hard time telling its old customers about its new location. “All we want is to get our customers back, to let them know where we are,” said Araceli Espinoza, who runs the shop with her husband Fernando Bueno....
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Mission Businesses Worry Less About a Minimum Wage and More About Finding Employees

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018, said several managers in the Mission, is hardly a concern. A more pressing problem? Getting enough hourly workers. Take Cancún Taqueria for example.  Already, most of co-owner Rico Geraldo’s staff works for more than minimum wage, with most earning somewhere around $13.50 an hour. When they’re working overtime, he has...

Inside Foreign Cinema’s Exquisite Birthday Bash

Drag queens, contortionists, restauranteurs, tech moguls, mariachi bands, politicians and at least one strange goat man gathered Thursday night to celebrate the restaurant Foreign Cinema’s 15 years of operation. Dubbed the “Quintessentially Quixotic Quinceañera,” the evening was a fete appropriately lavish for the acclaimed restaurant’s long, and somewhat surprising, tenure on Mission Street. Opening just before the first dot-com bust...
Project manager Ilaria Salvadori discusses input from the community on a map of Mission Street. Photo by Laura Wenus.

Neighbors Scrutinize Mission Street Makeover

When it comes to designing the future face of the Mission’s main thoroughfare, there’s one thing lots of people can agree on: they don’t want another Valencia street. What residents who packed a conference room late last week at the Women’s Building do want for Mission Street includes everything from the practical – more bike parking, more sidewalk space, more restrooms at BART stations – to broader...
Plans for Vida from 2014, now close to realization. Image courtesy of Oyster Development Group.

Listen Local: Lauren Smiley on Mission St.

In the March issue of San Francisco Magazine, Lauren Smiley writes the following: For decades, Mission Street has resisted gentrification. Even as parallel Valencia Street has become permanently yuppified and high-end shops have crept onto staunchly Latino 24th Street, Mission Street has remained the city’s largest and densest proletarian boulevard, a multicultural equivalent of Chinatown’s Stockton Street. But now, the vital...
Outline of the project area for Mission Street Life Plan with quotes from stake holders. Image courtesy of the San Francisco Planning Department.

Mission Street Redesign Moves Forward

A small group of neighbors and planners set their critical eyes towards Mission Street Wednesday in the Planning Department’s first public open house to seek input for its Mission Public Life Plan, a project that would redesign aspects of one of the city’s most important corridors. Once dubbed the “Miracle Mile,” those gathered expressed the general sense that Mission Street,...