24th Street

Connie Rivera, owner of Mixcoatl. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Merchants on 24th Feel Displacement Pressures, Mull Protections

Merchants along the 24th Street corridor where a new proposal seeks to protect them feel the city’s affordability crisis just as strongly as tenants fearing displacement, but their views on how to remedy it are as varied as their wares. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s first proposed legislation offered a trio of land-use based protections for businesses on 24th Street...
Rehearsal for Gracias a la Vida. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Dance Mission Theater Leaps Into New Year With 40th Anniversary Show

Through four decades, Dance Mission Theater has steadfastly continued producing shows. On January 13th and 14th, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary with politically themed performances that include drumming, ballet, modern dance, song, and even sign language at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It’s called “Gracias a la Vida: Love in a Bitter Time” and it is a...
Supervisor Hillary Ronen. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

New D9 Supervisor Aims to Shield 24th St. Merchants from Gentrification

In her first move as Supervisor for District 9, Hillary Ronen on Tuesday introduced legislation that would place additional restrictions on what kinds of businesses can move into the 24th Street Latino Cultural District. She framed the proposal as an effort to support the existing small businesses in the area. “While the Latino Cultural District is a special place, it...
Wall of empathy at 16th BART station.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Notes of Post-Election Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Anti-Trump Protesters March on Market, Through Mission

Thousands of protesters marched from downtown San Francisco to the Castro and Mission districts Wednesday evening protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in a symbolic act of solidary with the neighborhoods that represent those most maligned by Trump’s rhetoric. Many of the at least 2,000 protesters decried Trump’s multiple campaign promises, like his proposal for a border wall and his call...
Photo by Santiago Mejia for El Tecolote

The Sound of the Mission’s History Returns Remixed

Think you know the Mission and its history? You might discover something new at the Brava Center for Theater and the Arts when El Son de la Misión re-opens for a two-night on Friday, Nov. 11. The show is a musical and theatrical exploration and expression of the history of the Mission, with a particular focus on activism through the...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Battery Explodes, Starts Fire in One Unit in SF Mission

Firefighters quickly controlled a small blaze inside a top floor apartment in a multi-story residential building on Folsom Street near 24th Street Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported and firefighters indicated nobody would be displaced. One firefighter on the scene said the apparent cause was an overheated battery for an electric bicycle, though he did not know how the overheating occurred. A tenant...
Valerie Tulier-Luiwa, facilitator of Mission Peace Collaborative, asks children of Mission Neighborhood Center to read their pledge, at Mission and 24th Streets, on November 4, 2016. Photo by Julio Marcial

Communities Rally for Reprieve from Gun Violence

Organizers, politicians, and young people rallied at 24th and Mission streets on Friday night, calling for a 60-day moratorium on street violence and enlisting local political leaders to pledge to create policies that would divert young people from crime. “We don’t want any mothers, fathers, sisters or brothers crying. We want everyone to go to the holidays and every family...
Yano Rivera working on restoring the Panama flag on October 20, 2016. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Restored Flags of the Americas to Adorn 24th Street

The flags of Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, and other countries of the western hemisphere will be going up on street poles along 24th Street in the next few weeks, repainted and revitalized after years of neglect. A conspicuous absence? The Mexican flag, says the artist in charge of the restoration effort. “I have a feeling it’s in someone’s house,”...
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Where to Watch the Last Presidential Debate

Election day is around the corner (seriously, November 8 is not that far away, have you registered yet? It’s super quick, do it here right now, and do it before October 24) and the candidates are gearing up for their third and final exercise in absurdity  debate tomorrow. Here’s where to go see it: Bar San Pancho, 16th and Guerrero: Debate...
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Robbers Snatch Man’s Groceries in SF Mission

Police report a 40-year-old man was seated on 24th Street between Treat Avenue and Harrison Street at 6:39 p.m. on Wednesday when two women in their 20s approached and each grabbed one of the man’s grocery bags. The women fled in separate directions. The man chased after one of the women and tried to get his bag back, but the...
"Low Riders," 1980, by Lou Dematteis

Low Riders on View at Alley Cat Books

Lou Dematteis and Anthony Holdsworth are exhibiting work at Alley Cat Books this month, featuring photos (Dematteis) and paintings (Holdsworth) of life in the Mission District, with a particular focus on its low rider culture. In 1979, Lou Dematteis began “a photographic documentation of the lowrider scene in the Mission and the mainly Latino youths who made up its participants,”...
File photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu: A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals.

24th Street Art Crawl Returns This Sunday!

On every second Sunday of the month, the 14 blocks along 24th Street between Valencia Street and Potrero Avenue come to life with music, art, poetry and cultural activities in a day-long art crawl called Paseo Artístico. A collaboration between Calle 24 and a string of other organizations, the free, all-ages event is a new project that launched in early...
A blanket-jacket combo created by participants in the Undercover Project.

Homelessness and the Cost of Neglect at Alley Cat

Neglect is more expensive than compassion – that’s the message of the artists exhibiting work in the gallery of Alley Cat Books this month. More than ten artists have contributed pieces toward an exhibition that gives voices and faces to those who have experienced homelessness. Joe Ramos, in a series called “Acknowledged,” photographed San Franciscans impacted by homelessness and poverty – the...