The tables have been pushed aside as the bakery on 24th Street remains open only for take out. Photo by Lydia Chávez

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On Day 2 of the shelter in place policy, local restaurants started boarding up, giving a sense that this was not going to be resolved quickly. The shelter-in-place policy remains in effect until April 7, but even that feels a long way off right now. At times, some blocks felt almost normal and a few stores remained open. Why?  It was unclear. Some owners said they were unsure of the policy and others said they simply had nothing else to do and did not know where to go. One owner said that if she didn’t open, she was unsure how her family would have the money to eat.  With conversations like that, any sense of normalcy vanished.

Earlier Wednesday. Photo by George Lipp.
Mission Street looking north on Wednesday morning. Photo by George Lipp.
Mission Street looking south this morning. Photo by George Lipp.
The day turned gorgeous by Wednesday afternoon. The Folsom trees reigned supreme. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
An almost normal Mission Street block. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
The pigeons on Mission Street still had to be fed. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
The barbershop at Beeinsoa was open on Wednesday.
The discount stores and a few others remained open. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Hot dogs and pupusas were still selling, but not as briskly. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Ismael Becerra at Top Round Roast Beef said that business was okay. So far no layoffs. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Advice from Alley Cat Book Store on how to spend our days? Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Haus Coffee shop on 24th Street closed and boarded up. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

Flour + Water, Trick Dog, Central Kitchen and the Salumeria have all been closed and boarded up. Some 100 employees have been laid off and on Wednesday, the restaurants were giving away the food that a week ago would have been cooked up and sold in their kitchens, according to one of the employees.

Flour + Water Photo by Lydia Chávez.
The Salumeria. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Giving away food Wednesday at Central Kitchen, Salumeria and Flour + Water. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Wrapped. For lead abatement. Our intrepid contributor Elizabeth Creely was talking to a neighbor. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Our friends at Mutiny Radio were at work. Call in at 415-550-0511. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
No line at Tartine Bakery. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Dog walkers had returned to Dolores Park by this afternoon. Photo by Mark Rabine.

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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.

George Lipp

George Lipp has long lived in the Mission. He’s our volunteer extraordinaire – always out taking photos or running across crimes in progress.

Mark Rabine has lived in the Mission for over 40 years. "What a long strange trip it's been." He has maintained our Covid tracker through most of the pandemic, taking some breaks with his search for the Mission's best fried-chicken sandwich and now its best noodles. When the Warriors make the playoffs, he writes up his take on the games.

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  1. Lydia,

    Again, I see at least 100 murals that will be hanging
    at a million a piece in Paris Salons in 100 years.


    I’ll be 175.

    Wonder if I’ll live to see them?


  2. Barber shops, beauty salons, etc. were specifically called out in the shelter-in-place orders to CLOSE.