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Men’s Workwear Shop Closed Indefinitely After Overnight Blaze

An electrical fire that occurred five months ago has indefinitely shuttered the Valencia Street men’s workwear shop Arik’s. A sign that reads “store closed until further notice” behind a gated storefront hints at the store’s recent trouble, and the shop’s owner said he is unsure when operations will resume. Owner Avi Mandelbrot has operated the men’s apparel store out of its 1696 Valencia St. location...

Self Propelling Delivery Robots Testing In the Mission

What’s this? It’s a delivery robot from Dispatch, as its handler must have told a million people today with impressively good humor (it literally says “delivery” right on the side but everyone who saw this little fella trundling down the street still had to ask, including me). The guys whose legs you see in the photo said they thought it might be...

Mission and Tenderloin Orgs Will Build Affordable Portion of Bryant St. Project

After years of opposition from neighborhood groups, a major project at 2000 Bryant Street was green-lit September 2016 after providing a portion of its land to the city to build affordable housing. Two agencies have now been awarded the contract to develop that affordable housing: The Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Community Development Center. “It’s really the community’s...

Beer Drinkers Retain Sun, Developers Told to Drop Building Height

Developers must take five feet off the height of a building planned for the corner of Valencia and Duboce streets and change the appearance of a rooftop parapet to accommodate concerns from Zeitgeist, a popular bar across the street, that the shadow cast by the building would impact business. The San Francisco Planning Commission mandated the changes in a 6-1 vote...

Local Children’s Book Author Captures Refugees’ Journeys In Poetry, Wins Award

Jorge Argueta’s illustrated book about refugees, Somos como las nubes / We are like the clouds, published in Spanish and English and with illustrations by Alfonso Ruano, has been selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book for the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. The award is given every year for poetry for children published by American poets or anthologists. Argueta,...

Restrictions May be Lifted to Encourage Light Industrial Revitalization

A coalition of legislators including Mayor Ed Lee and District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen are proposing a shift in the rules governing industrial areas, including reversing a previous decision about commercial space along 16th Street. The change revolves around a zoning use known as PDR (production, distribution and repair) that encompasses a wide variety of uses including small manufacturing, artist...

First Move to Regulate City Biz on 24th Street

The San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to move forward legislation that would regulate new businesses opening along the Mission’s 24th Street corridor. Already distinguished by the city as a Latino Cultural District in 2014, the five-block section of 24th Street running from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue and some of the surrounding area would be recognized as...

Artist and Scavenger Stronghold Booted from SF Mission

The new year marked the end of an era for the proprietors of Junko’s, a once clandestine thrift-store cabaret in the Mission and a two-decade stronghold of the city’s underground scavenging movement that unearthed everything from a letter from Ronald Reagan to a manuscript by Beat icon Neal Cassady. The owners, Derek Felten and Michael McQuate, made careers out of...

Rent Hike Means Another Old Biz on Valencia St. Must Move

Valencia Street’s steady evolution into an increasingly upscale commercial corridor is claiming yet another local casualty as the two-decade old vintage and costume shop Retro Fit informed Mission Local of its exit. A bid on the shop’s space and a lease-less existence have made its continued survival on the corridor impossible, said owner Steven LeMay, adding that Retro Fit will be...

Dance Mission Theater Plans New Home at 16th and Mission

Dance Mission Theater has its eyes on a new home – one they’re going to build with the help of a local union and the Mission Economic Development Agency. MEDA has brokered a deal between the dance organization and UFCW 64, a union that owns the property where it has offices at 1980 Mission Street near 16th Street. Though plans...

Displaced by Fire, 22nd St. Tenants’ Housing Future Still Uncertain

On the two-year anniversary of a fire at 22nd and Mission streets that killed one man and left more than 50 tenants homeless, few have received definitive word on what will happen to them. And for some, the deals that have kept them in temporary housing will expire in the next month or so. A city program that could help...

Chinese-American Merchants on 24th St. Find Security in Ownership, Proposed Regulation

One might think that Asian business owners along 24th Street watching the efforts to preserve its Latino culture might feel left out. They don’t. Instead, the effort to protect existing Latino businesses has overwhelming support among the street’s Chinese merchants. Moreover, many said they feel secure there because they, like some of the Latino businesses, own the buildings where their...

Activists Fighting Restaurants on Mission Street

Activists who have long tried to fight gentrification by opposing market-rate development and upscale businesses are now targeting new restaurants on Mission Street. The latest focus is a tea restaurant planned for the site of the former Sapphire Photo store at 2761 Mission St. between 23rd and 24th streets. A frequent opponent of new developments in the Mission has filed a...

SF’s Dandelion Chocolate Expansion Would Offer a Pool, Office Space

Dandelion Chocolate unveiled its plans Monday night to expand into a four-story industrial building equipped with a rooftop pool — and found a small group of neighbors skeptical of the proposal. Three people attended a meeting held in a back room of Dear Mom at 2700 16th St., which was designed to seek community input on a project that is currently in its preliminary...