Instead of the annual Clarion Alley block party, organizers conducted a funeral procession on Sunday to call attention to a changing neighborhood and threatened public space in San Francisco.
For 10 years, people packed the alley for the annual block party to celebrate the Clarion Alley Mural Project. Organizers have received increasing resistance from new residents in the neighborhood, and last year they were forced to pay police officers to patrol the block party for the first time. Opponents of Proposition L, the sit-lie ordinance on the November ballot, joined the procession in solidarity.
On a pamphlet handed out before the procession, their mission statement reads: “We want to embrace what is new but still remember what was here before; we care about affordability — of housing, of food, of education, of health care, of child care, of spaces for political and personal and creative expression; we care about our neighbors who sit or lie in search of those things. We care about this City, our home, and what we make of it. What will you make of it?”