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Hunter Holcombe soaked in the Mission’s vibrant nightlife during college, but now that his eyes have adjusted to the light he is taking in the sights and sounds of the Mission by day, from its bustling street culture to the diversity of the people.

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  1. the map that ends at s van ness is hilarious.

    cool feature, good use of multimedia. i’m not surprised that a lot of the maps are very similar !

  2. The rectangle bordered by 16th/Van Ness/Cesar Chavez/Mission is the only area universally accepted as part of the mission.

    Only two of the maps even include the Mission Dolores itself.

  3. What I love about Mission L@co: really, really creative, fun story ideas that tap into new media better than almost anything else out there. And the stories are often about interesting topics, and their authors often spend real time and real sweat putting the parts together (its not just about writing anymore, and this site gets the concept of letting the multi-talented be free with multi-media.

    What bores me to tears about Mission L@co: that their idea of the Mission’s people is so time-warped and trapped in a propagandic (sic) bird’s nest of frizzy-haired Berkeley professorial tripe…

    Hey, L@co: all older people in the Mission aren’t “working class” cliches of Hugo Chavez’s children’s books, and all young people in the Mission aren’t burners.

    Show the real diversity, instead of the diversity that you would like to carve out from it and put in a little glass bottle and freeze.

  4. Agree with “Really Really” — there’s such a disconnect on who lives in the Mission. Definitely the folks usually commented upon — hard working Latino men, women and families, but also very well off (property owners) Latinos. Then there are the “hipsters” (both struggling and bank-rolled). Next up are the 40-50s — either newly minted San Franciscans or 3rd, 4th generation SFers. After having lived in PacHeights and the Castro, the Mission is the most culturally, economically and spiritually diverse community. People seem to care about each other before thrusting their NIMBY attitudes. IMHO.

  5. Really Really: LOL I wish my hair were frizzier, but I live in the Mission – what can you say? The weather here does strange things to hair. But you’re right, the Mission is wonderfully diverse, we try to reflect that in many ways, but we’ve obviously missed some good ideas. Send them our way – through a comment or to our mail box @ missionlocal@gmail.

    Best, Professor/Editor/Dishwasher Chavez

  6. Fascinating article, Lydia. A couple of observations: 1) Even though the 101 Freeway is relatively recent, it presents such a barrier that it has redefined the north and east boundaries of the Mission District. Note that the “Potrero Hill street pattern” extends west all the way to Harrison St., suggesting a far more gradual transition to Potrero Hill in the past than today. 2) As the Mission District came to connote a more downscale, Latin community post WWII, realtors squeezed it to the east, enlarging Noe and Eureka Valleys, and separating them from the Mission to the point that Mission Park (now called Dolores Park), Mission High, and the Franciscans’ Mission are no longer in the Mission District, according to the real estate map. 3) My preferred definition of the Mission District is a broader one than most of your respondents: It was developed in the later 19th Century as a sort of suburb, connected to downtown by cable cars along almost all the major N/S streets, most of which mirror Mission St. by turning at about Duboce / 13th / Division. The District is more defined by Mission St. than the actual Mission. It spread out uphill after occupying the flat land, but avoiding the lakes, creeks, and sloughs. Sort of like the Peninsula, it developed along the road out of town (Mission St.and San Jose Ave., becoming El Camino; and the SP railroad, which came from today’s Mission Bay, along Harrison to 22nd, then SW out the gap to today’s 280. Thus, I define the Mission District as the corridor of today’s BART, extending to either side as far as you care to define it.

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