In the March issue of San Francisco Magazine, Lauren Smiley writes the following:

For decades, Mission Street has resisted gentrification. Even as parallel Valencia Street has become permanently yuppified and high-end shops have crept onto staunchly Latino 24th Street, Mission Street has remained the city’s largest and densest proletarian boulevard, a multicultural equivalent of Chinatown’s Stockton Street. But now, the vital low-rent artery that pulses between 16th Street and Cesar Chavez has become the hottest—and most controversial—frontier of speculation in San Francisco.

What follows is a great, enviable piece of journalism that delves deep into the real estate deals and  characters of the rapidly changing, but persistently character-rich corridor.

For what will be the first of many new editions of Listen Local, Mission Local’s podcast, I decided to spend a Sunday morning with Lauren walking down one of the neighborhood’s most historic corridors. While we couldn’t possibly cover the breadth of Lauren’s piece or the incredible diversity of Mission Street, we did get into some pretty surprising stories about new condo development, vociferous community voices, and aerial vandalism. Listen below:

Listen Local: Walking Mission Street with Lauren Smiley

Image courtesy Telestar Logistics. Intro Music by Sunsearch Spirit and outro by Kevin McLeod

Full Disclosures: Lauren was at one point the interim editor for Mission Local. Second, I contributed a small sidebar to Lauren’s story for the print edition of her article “Last Street Standing.”

Stay Tuned! We’re going to be producing more editions of Listen Local in the coming weeks. Let us know what you think and what you’d like to hear more of.