At the BFF.fm station. File photo.

Happy Holidays!

The Mission Local crew is (mostly) out of the office, and we hope you’re catching some vacation time as well. For our Thanksgiving edition, we decided we would share some stories that our neighbors have written in the past.  They’re not necessarily Thanksgiving stories (though some may inspire gratitude for the things many of us take for granted) but they struck a chord with us or with our readers, and we thought we’d share them with you this week.

“Daniel C.” is Katharine Blake McFarland’s very recent story of an encounter with a homeless man in her area. It was first posted on Medium.

“Death of A Homeless Man,” by Jennifer Quinn, was published earlier this year, and is her narrative of unknowingly witnessing a local man’s death.

For some comic relief, “A Rising Tide That Sinks All Boats” is a story from the early 2000s. Written by Erick Lyle, it’s read aloud here by Mission Local’s Daniel Hirsch.

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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