A young man working at Casa Lucaz stocks vegetables in the bins that line the sidewalk. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Following the birds down Mission Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Most of the small restaurants at one end of Mission Street were closed, but farther down, many were open and had customers. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Peeking into the closed Adelita’s Cake Con Sabores on Mission Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A man smokes behind the gate at Tip Top La Casa Del Club Jalisco. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Rico Pan Bakery, on Mission Street, had its doors open for customers. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Many businesses had gates, boards or shutters covering them, but the colors were often eye-catching. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A man leaves Central Drug Store on Mission Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.
There’s always color to be found in the darkest of times. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A woman carries groceries down Mission Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Baby’s Eatery was open, and people were coming and going. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A dog stares out a window in the Excelsior. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Hilario Chico, owner of Chico’s Grill, said that although “the city is dead,” he’s staying open for take-out. Photo by Molly Oleson.
The Excelsior Playground was closed, and a sign on the gate noted COVID-19. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A man selling ice cream walks through the streets of the Excelsior, ringing his bell. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A sign in a window encourages passersby to stay well. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Gloves and a mask were spotted off of Mission Street, blowing in the wind. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Shopping carts were flipped over in front of a shuttered business on Mission Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Mission Street had a lot of people on it, but many of the Excelsior’s side streets were quiet. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Frida watches over Mission Street in the Excelsior. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Someone sheltering-in-place can be seen resting their feet in the window. Photo by Molly Oleson.

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Molly is a multimedia journalist, editor, photographer and illustrator. She has contributed to dozens of publications, and most recently, served as Editor of the Pacific Sun. To view more of her work, visit mollyoleson.com.

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  1. “A man selling ice cream walks through the streets of the Excelsior, ringing his bell.” No mask, no gloves, and selling ice cream to children. What type of person does this during a State wide ordered “shelter in place” and major virus pandemic? The lack of dignity or concern for others is outrageous and beyond shameful. What’s so incredibly unfair to the entire community is he’s not only i fecting us, but in the future should he get sick he’ll gladly take our hospital bed and claim innocence. The turpitude is beyond belief. Shameful.

  2. Past Silver Ave, you’re in Bernal Heights, not the Excelsior, which extends to Geneva. Great pics though.

  3. I love this photo essay — I used to live in the Mission (now in Washington State). Thank you for posting and stay safe and well.

  4. Thank you for your pictures, I see your eye in photos and your heart for the people and time.