UPDATE: 11:45 p.m. Burrito Justice responds to Plebiscite’s question – are we too civilized for street food? And then delves into a fascinating history involving (yes!) old mid-19th century maps of San Francisco, revealing why Mission Street (aka Plank Road) is curved, while Market Street is straight. Ahh, urban history!

UPDATE: 3:49 p.m. SFPD has put out an official request  looking for the public’s help in solving a bicycle collision hit and run that occurred on Wednesday, July 1, at the intersection of Valencia and 18th streets shortly before noon. Mission Local gave you the full story last week. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is urged to contact Inspector Jim Custer of the Hit and Run Detail, 553-9516, or to call the Confidential Tip Line, 415-575-4444

UPDATE: 12:53 p.m. Check this beautiful long-exposure photo of 17th and Van Ness from photographer aSilva on Mission Mission.

Also, for those interested in street and documentary photography, Hamburger Eyes lets us know that the documentary Captured will be playing Sunday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at Socha Cafe, 3235 Mission St. Catch the full description here.


Safari users read Armand Emamdjomeh’s 24-hour bus ride here.

And if you happen to be an Oakland AC rider, spend the day on the bus with Ayako Mie on AC Transit.

Or enter Mission Mission’s mullet contest.

For Mission soccer fans, the FC Barcelona and the Chivas will be coming to Candlestick on August 8. Buy tickets now.

And SFGate reports Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn’s art project Language of the Birds has been named one of the best public art projects in the country. Goggin is one of the competitors for the Valencia Streetscape project and you can learn about him here. The other competitors profiled by Stefania Rousselle are Minako Inaoka and Michael Arcega.

And we’ve finally fixed the video so it doesn’t wake up your bosses. We hope they’re safe to play at work now!

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As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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