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3100 17th Street: How One Block Changed

First published on January 5, 2012 Tomorrow, the city will unveil a new park at 17th and Folsom streets at a 3:30 p.m. ceremony. It’s worth looking back at this piece Mission Local did in September 2011 to see how much 17th Street has changed in the last decade. The park adds green to a stretch of 17th Street that...

Listen Local: The Mission Community Market

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Now in its new home at the Placita, the Mission Community Market has been around for seven years as the neighborhood’s farmers market. But it is more than just another place to buy produce. We talk with Jeremy...

Mission Cultural Center mural dedication ceremony tonight

“Spirit of the Arts,” an iconic mural on the face of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts on Mission Street near 25th Street has been restored and will be rededicated with a celebration tonight. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., dancers and speakers including the Mixcoatl Aztec Dancers, District 9  Supervisor Hillary Ronen and MCCLA Director Jennie Rodriguez will...

Man stabbed in Mission District in critical condition

Police report that early Thursday morning at 3:03 a.m. a 35-year-old man was stabbed at 16th and Mission streets. Police arrived quickly at the scene but the four suspects, three males and one female, got away. An ambulance took the victim away to hospital in critical condition. Police also reported one robbery and an assault in the Mission District over...

“Queers Hate Techies”: Gay Shame’s controversial ATA exhibit

All month, the phrase “Queers Hate Techies” has taken up residence in the window gallery at Artists’ Television Access (ATA) on Valencia and 21st. The words are printed on balloons, inscribed on a banner and written on stickers pasted to the glass. It’s one of the radical activist group Gay Shame’s well-known anti-gentrification slogans; they have used it in graffiti and...

New Mission District Navigation Center opening with increased security

A temporary Navigation Center uniquely serving the Mission’s homeless population is set to open its doors on Monday and will come with bolstered police patrols near its  location at 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, as well as a private security guard on site. “We will have private security – and not make it a large police presence at...

Trans and Dyke Marches look to keep space, keep pushing ahead

In progressive San Francisco, space for LGBTQ residents continues to shrink, so as Pride enters its 47th celebration, “holding space” is key, say advocates. Two of those events –  the Dyke March, in its 25th year, and the Trans March, in its 13th year – take place in the Mission District this weekend, where space has become an increasingly precious...

Sleeping man targeted in Mission District stabbing

A man sleeping in a Mission District doorway was stabbed with an unidentified, sharp object early Wednesday morning.  The 43-year-old man had been asleep near 16th and Mission streets but awoke sometime around 4:56  a.m. to pain in his back. The victim witnessed an unidentified man run from the scene before realizing that he was stabbed. He was transported to...

Wunderlich’s Wunderkammer brings world artifacts to the Mission

Al Wunderlich has been sculpting, painting and performing for decades.  He attended Cooper Union in New York City and has taught art at the Rhode Island School of Design. But, standing in the doorway to his new pop-up show, Wunderlich’s Wunderkammer, he had no doubt as to his first love –  adventurer first, artist second. The exhibit at 3328 22nd...

Three arrested for highway beating of a rideshare driver

California Highway Patrol officers arrested three men in connection with the beating of a Lyft driver that took place March 8 on Highway 101 near the Cesar Chavez Street exit. In the incident, a group of people riding dirt bikes surrounded the Lyft driver, Alex Quintana. The group beat him, breaking his nose and breaking his leg in three places,...

Troubled building on 18th Street back on the market after sale falls through

A historic and troubled property located at 2205 Mission Street at the intersection with 18th Street is for sale again after a deal with a commercial developer fell through. Its current owner, former Facebook executive Owen van Natta, is asking $7 million for the property according to the realtor for the property. He purchased it for $5 million in 2014....

Monday afternoon in the Mission sees two cell phone robberies

Robberies left two women with non-life-threatening injuries in separate cell phones incidents that took place in the Mission District on Monday afternoon, according to a police recap. One of the women, 33, was leaving a business at the corner of 16th and Albion streets at 3:30 p.m. when a man man started speaking to her, then grabbed her phone and...

One vacant block in SF’s Mission reaches back into another era

Two grey buildings on 23rd Street loom like tombstones across the bright green lawn of Parque Ninos Unidos. The two buildings, which share three addresses between them—3067, 3069 and 3071—are noticeable for their state of disrepair. The rooms are empty, the upstairs windows shattered and exteriors are a motley pastiche of white and grey. Hastily applied patches of paint cover...

Prayer service honors victims of UPS shooting

Some three dozen people gathered outside of the United Parcel Service facility at 320 San Bruno Ave. on Monday for a memorial service honoring the three drivers who were shot and killed on Wednesday morning after another man, dressed in the familiar brown uniform, went on a shooting spree.   Michael Lefiti, 46, Wayne Chan, 56, Benson Louie, 50, died...

Two arrested in separate SF Mission assaults

Police reported five assaults and two arrests in the Mission District over the weekend. At 1:39 a.m. on Saturday, a 25-year-old man was arrested near 16th and Albion streets after he reportedly assaulted a 26-year-old man. According to police, the suspect’s girlfriend was involved in an argument with the victim, who shoved her. The suspect then punched the victim, causing...