A Mission mom walks her daughter to school.

On Tuesday, a Mission Local reporter spent 12 hours – from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. – documenting life at the intersection of 16th and Mission Streets.

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Greta Mart is a Bay Area-based newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and currently a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From 2005 to 2012 she was a staff reporter at two community newspapers in WA and CA, and has contributed to several Bay Area and Seattle area newspapers, as well as Pacific Yachting and Italy's Gulliver and La Republicca's D magazines. Greta holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and studied history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She lives aboard her sailboat at the Berkeley Marina.

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  1. i was teeling a friend this morning that i actually see 16th street bart now as an oasis from valencia street.

    i often cringe at seeing and listening to the new mission ie: facebookers/gogglers engage on the street.

    its like 16th street bart and the immediate surrounding area as a last strong hold for the old mission, once it is conquered it will officially be the end of the mission.

    1. Yup, the old mission is gonna die. Just like the old mission before that one died, and the even older mission before that one died.

  2. Yeah, I know what you mean. I often duck down to 16th St when I need to get my fix of smelling urine, being harassed and getting scammed with fake late night bus tickets.

      1. The truth hurts?? Are you saying that you don’t smell urine or have never been accosted at 16th and Mission? Really??

        1. crazy huh? all that squalor and hopelessness and i actually cringe more at techies/new wealthy of the mission.

          and i still actually prefer a low rider or a car with 25inch rims than a convertible BMW, driven by some dude with the dealer plates still on.

          or a person ridng their obviously well worn bicycle to work/school, than someone with a Public bike, backpack, nutcase helmet and kryptonite lock with tags all still on it all purchased at Public.

          you can never buy/package what the mission was or is still hanging on to that made it where artists, politicos and families wanted to live.

  3. These images hardly reflect “life” at 16th and Mission. That area is more about death, addiction and mental illness than these images portray.

  4. At first glance it almost looks clean, safe, normal. Then photos 5, 6 & 8 pop up. Had the story run from 6:00pm-6:00am most likely all the photos would have been showing the daily grit, crime. Unfortunately, 24th & Mission is the same scenario.

  5. Looks more like a bored reporter pretending to be a street photographer (and doing a rather mediocre job of it.) pass.

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