At 24th and BART station. The place will be run by two brothers, according to their father who was at the site recently.

Note: We are following up on this story. As Sprudge points out, the window mars a mural by Dagon and TMZ that was already there. In the report, Susan Cervantes of Precita Murals points out that the cafe owner likely went through a lengthy approval process to get the cut-out window approved. We are trying to talk to the owner.

November 8, 2014.

Months earlier, the Heart of the Mission mural had already been defaced by another piece of street art – a large piece of plywood that became the basis for a constructed piece of wood art. The November photo fails to show the paintings and plants that someone had added before that too was stripped down to the bare plywood.

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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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