Illustration by Courtney Quirin.

Read Daniel Hirsch’s take on the McDonald’s at the crossroads of the new Mission District here.

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Courtney Quirin is a trained wildlife ecologist turned environmental journalist with a knack for photography and visual storytelling. Though her interests span many topics and disciplines, she's particularly keen on capturing multimedia stories pertaining to the global wildlife trade, human-wildlife relationships, food security, international development and the effects of global markets on local environments and cultural fabric. Courtney completed a MSc in Wildlife Management at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she not only learned how to catch and tag fur seals (among many things) but also traveled to the highlands of Ethiopia to identify the nature and extent of farmer-primate conflict and its linkages to changes in political regime, land tenure, food security, and perceptions of risk. From New Zealand Courtney landed at The Ohio State University to investigate urban coyotes for her PhD, but just shy of 2 years deep into the degree, she realized that her true passions lie within investigative journalism. Since moving into the world of journalism, Courtney has been a contributor to Bay Nature Magazine, a ghostwriter for WildAid, and the science writer for While at Berkeley's J-School Courtney will focus on international environmental reporting through the lens of documentary filmmaking and TV.

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  1. I live in the mission most of life seen McDonalds remodel several times
    but this version is darkist yet. It doesnt make me happy NOT!! In Las Vegas the new McDonalds is modern bright and inviting also the one In Wakiki is also remodel with out door sitting so you can watch the beach while enjoying your food Bright color scheme. Several of my comments 24th one is ULGY !!! Worst remodel ever!!!
    As for Pamela a typical privilege white girl techie rude probably never interacted with other cultures. Don’t know the history of the mission
    the struggles for equality the civil right marches which the population fought for since the 60’s and still doIng. the mission is still multi culture multi ethic and will remind so. We will preveal!!