Photo: Michael Short, Special To The San Francisco Chronicle

First came parklets. Next up: mini-stages for street performers.

The Chronicle reported today on a project called Street Stage, which was recently deployed at the Mission Community Market. Designed to be compact and mobile — perfect for street performers — the original prototype was constructed in 48 hours during Makeathon by George Zisiadis.

“We think parklets can be used in more ways – bringing art and performance into the public realm,” John Francis, who built the iteration currently in use with Ross Hansen, told the Chronicle. “Street performers don’t often have designated space. We’ve seen them harassed by the cops, and we want to set aside a space for them.”

The 4-foot by 8-foot stage sports a 7-foot-high wooden backdrop and takes only about 15 minutes to assemble.

It’s not the first time Street Stage has made an appearance in the Mission. Mission Loc@l wrote about it when it popped up on Valencia Street last April.

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