The Mission enjoyed a beautiful blue sky this weekend, a gentle breeze, and the pigeons in their usual flight soared above, scavenged below, and rested on rooftops.
From these heights I wonder if they see the hidden places, the nooks and crannies, the clandestine treasures – a trail that leads to the end of the world, caves, and acoustic sculptures – tucked away throughout the city that few are privy to.
Meanwhile, new properties squeeze into our landscapes, declaring: Look at me! Here I am!
UnionSF, the new condominium project on the corner of Byrant and 19th streets, opened up for business just last month boasting 74 units of “urban elegance.” Vanguard Properties continues to make headway into the Mission with its new Valencia Street Homes featuring eight contemporary flats to the oh-so pricey tune of $739,00 – starting price. Another urban condo development is in the works on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Bartlett Streets.
You’d think the real estate business was on the up and up and that space for housing in the Mission was infinite.
But as we all know, there’s no room for even a bed of roses and San Francisco is by no means immune to the foreclosure crisis plaguing the rest of the country. For a listing of how many of these foreclosed properties are in the Mission District, just click here.
While Obama has yet to take a definitive stance on the forever contentious topic of immigration reform, he’s widening the scope of who can seek asylum in the United States. Read Lily Mihalik’s story on how one Guatemalan woman fled from the abuse of her husband and is now on the path to asylum.
Far and wide women face physical abuse and as the gang-rape of a 16-year-old Richmond girl remains fresh on our minds, the U.S. Supreme Court battles with the question of whether juveniles who committed crimes in which no one was killed should serve life sentences. Three of the six suspects arrested in the Richmond case are juveniles.
On Saturday more than 200 folks from around the Bay Area came out in support of the 16-year-old girl and to denounce violent crimes against women.