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Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Neighbors Help Non-Profit Buy Precita Eyes Building

The Mission Economic Development Agency has purchased a building on Precita Avenue, which houses the first location of the Precita Eyes Muralists as well as four rent-controlled tenants. The $1.35 million deal will keep both tenants and muralists in place at affordable rents. Moreover, MEDA staff say they have developed a new funding mechanism – raising money from neighbors –...
The building that houses five tenants as well as a studio and community center run by Precita Eyes

SF Mission Tenants, Muralists Make a Deal to Buy Building

After months of deliberations, Precita Eyes Muralists and the Mission Economic Development Agency have persuaded the owner of a building on Precita Avenue to accept an offer. The building houses the muralists’ community center as well as five longtime tenants. The acceptance comes on the condition that the development agency, known as MEDA, and Precita Eyes raise a $200,000 down payment...
More than 100 people attended the 18th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival on Saturday with live music, graffiti artists and 1,000 square feet of canvas. Photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu.

Creativity Flows at Graffiti Arts Festival

Dozens of community artists wielding paint brushes and spray cans celebrated street art at the 18th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival on Saturday. The festival, organized by Precita Eyes, invited artists of all ages to express themselves on 1,000 square feet of portable wall space at Precita Park on Precita Avenue near Folsom Street. Like street art itself, the canvases are ephemeral—they’re recycled from year...
Mural at Chavez Elementary. Photo by Claire Weissbluth.

Cesar Chavez Mural Gets Face Back

After months of a huge white stripe running through the face of a mural of Cesar Chavez at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, the two-story mural is finally getting its much needed facelift. It appears to be close to completion. In September of 2013, we reported that a white stripe of plaster was added to the wall of the building to shore...
Sign posted on Clarion Alley.

As Tourism Rises, So Do Mural Turf Clashes

The Mission’s status as a global tourism destination has never been more acutely felt—walking down any of the Mission’s increasingly famous mural alleys, French, Japanese, German, Korean, Swedish and the ubiquitous snap of cameras can all be heard. As the number of tourists increases, so have the companies providing neighborhood walking tours—at least a dozen coming to the Mission. Not...
Larry Aragon, 65, who has lived on the street for a decade, eats the free warm breakfast provided by St. Anthony's church six days a week. Photo by Sean Havey

What You May Have Missed Over the Weekend: Mission Local’s ‘Giving Thanks’ Series

If you were in a Thanksgiving food coma and missed Mission Local’s series about things we’re thankful for in the Mission, it’s not too late. The multimedia series highlights organizations and events that make this neighborhood special. It’s not a complete list, of course, but here are a few gems that we felt were worthy of highlighting. Six days a week...
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Giving Thanks: Precita Eyes Makes the Mission Beautiful

The Mission wasn’t always so colorful. The murals that decorate Mission buildings — and bring tourists to the neighborhood to experience them — weren’t always so ubiquitous. They began popping up in the 1970s, starting a trend that would help define the neighborhood’s art scene. One of the pioneers of that trend is Susan Kelk Cervantes. “I think I did...