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Photo by Lydia Chávez

Warm weather and clear skies on Sunday brought at least a couple of thousand people to the Mission District’s first Sunday Streets of the year.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valencia Street was blocked off to traffic and kids, adults and animals on bikes, strollers and foot took advantage of the clear corridor.

Here are some of the photos and quick videos from the day. The next Sunday Streets in the Mission will be on July 16.  The next one elsewhere in the city will be in Bay View/Dog Patch on April 9. Here is the schedule for the rest of the year. 

Faster pops! Photo by Lydia Chávez
Dog love. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Little Mission Studio’s stage was filled with tiny musicians. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Way to go Manuel! Lovely parklet. Photo by Lydia Chávez

We got a ride. Photo by Lydia Chávez
A good day for parents. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Politics on the bu, Photo by Lydia Chávez
A clear ride. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Cool cats. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Fashionable sisters. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Let me pose. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Love the ears. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Great shirt. Photo by Lydia Chávez
First world problem. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Pit stop for kids. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Let’s plotz just because we can. Photo by Lydia Chávez

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Founder/Executive Editor. 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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