Happy New Year’s! It’s now 2010. Welcome to the FUTURE. Your blimp awaits you. (Via burritojustice and brittneyg.)

So what happens to all the Christmas trees after Christmas, anyway? I’m not sure, but the tree in this photo, snapped by Mission Local intern Rachel Parker seems hellbent on clearing out of town. At least it’s using public transit.

It doesn’t have that much to do with the Mission District, but this end-of-year gallery of outtake images from San Francisco Chronicle photographers is well worth a look. Good images overall, though this, by Mike Kepka, has to be a personal favorite for its Hamburger Eyes-ey grittiness.

Speaking of Hamburger Eyes, Ray Potes will be helping to conduct the Wandering in the Company of Strangers workshop in San Francisco on January 22-24, with Black Boots Ink. Check it out, their work is amazing.

As we’re starting the new year with a slew of new photos (and I’m awaiting some killer Mission-on-New-Year’s-Eve pics, folks) Flickr user shandopics managed to grab a unique view of the 24th and Mission BART station. Be sure to also check out this amazing shot of two buildings at 16th and Harrison.

Oh yeah, stuff happened, sorta. The Examiner reports an “uptick” in the amount of graffiti “incidents” on private property this last year, with a survey revealing that, guess what, the highest number of graffiti per block is right here in District 9. (36, if you were wondering.)

If you haven’t noticed, the city’s seriously starved for cash. So one option the Recreation and Parks Department has come up with is to use private and public partnerships (PPP’s, in development speak), with one such partnership funding a new playground in Dolores Park.

Finally, Matt Cohen of the San Francisco Cart Project tells us why the era of the food cart isn’t ending, but just beginning.


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Armand is a photojournalism and multimedia student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and is originally from Baton Rouge, La. His work history includes being a paper pusher in Los Angeles and a youth program coordinator in Ramallah, and is currently a student editor at Mission Local, which means he gets to read a lot of news and tell people what to do.

He also waits for the day when bacon and buffalo sauce combine on one plate.

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