Mission Street

Solidarity, community on laborers’ minds at SF’s Cesar Chavez parade

Laborers, union organizers, and teachers were among those who took to Mission Street on Saturday in a parade honoring labor organizer Cesar Chavez. They chanted “si se puede,” carried signs representing various unions and schools, and reflected on social organizing. Alexa Galan-Klaus, a literacy coach at Cesar Chavez Elementary School who walked with a group that included many children, said it’s...

Queen’s Shoes on Mission Street to close up shop

Discount shoe retailer Queen’s Shoes at 2356 Mission Street will close soon, signs in its windows and around the store announce. A changing neighborhood and traffic changes on the street, the owners said, were just a few factors that contributed to their decision, though they declined to go into details. Now they hope to sell their inventory and close the...

Conflict over 380 units at 16th and Mission resumes

Far from burying the hatchet, a developer and various neighborhood organizations are rekindling a years-long feud over a 380-unit housing project planned for 16th and Mission streets that had been stalled, but is again moving forward. On Tuesday, some 60 activists had a rally at the 16th Street BART Plaza and voiced a new grievance: The Plaza 16 Coalition, a...

VIDEO: SF art store struggles against e-commerce

The owners of Artillery A.G. discuss how online purchasing is affecting small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. This part of an occasional series –  Shop Local Disrupted –  that will look at how local retail is being upended by an ongoing transformation of the country’s retail economy.  On Thursday, the owners of Artillery will unveil a new look that offers...

City banks on Bay Area Latinos to support Mission District businesses

Can the city bring more Latinos to shop in the Mission District? The answer will become clearer on Saturday as the city launches a series of events to lure the Bay Area’s Latino population to the neighborhood that still has the highest concentration of Latinos in San Francisco. The city has already dedicated the Calle 24th Latino Cultural District and...

Mission Cultural Center mural gets a makeover

After 35 years of enduring the Mission weather, the iconic mural that decorates the front of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts needed a bit of a facelift and that restoration started Tuesday morning with two of the original artists on hand. “What I did then, and what we hope to do again is to provide an opportunity for the...

Trash piled on to staffing costs and slumping sales to close Thrift Town

Expensive trash, it appears, was one of the reasons Thrift Town closed its doors last week after 45 years of supplying bargain hunters with all things used. “The trash compactor issue was ‘salt in the wound’,” said co-owner Wendy Steinmetz, piling up on other costs like healthcare fees and the rising minimum wage. The latter costs had been ongoing, but...

Thrift Town shoppers arrive too late for one last bargain

Like most of the customers of Thrift Town who arrived on Thursday for one last visit, Lupé Cabrera felt cheated. The front door was locked. “It came out of nowhere it’s so shocking, said Cabrera who had been visiting the store since she was a child and wanted one last roam through its two floors of used clothes, kitchen gadgets,...

Thrift Town on Mission shutters after 45 years

Declining sales have forced Thrift Town on Mission and 17th streets to close its doors permanently as of Wednesday afternoon. “The retail landscape is changing drastically and despite our exhaustive efforts to meet the ongoing challenges of increased costs and declining sales, we are unable to generate the sales necessary to sustain our long-standing business in San Francisco,” a letter...

Stabbing threatens boy’s life, nine robbed in SF Mission

A 15-year-old boy was left in life-threatening condition after a stabbing Friday night, police report. A physical altercation had developed in a parking lot on 16th Street and Potrero Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on March 24. A man estimated to be in his 40s assaulted the boy and stabbed him with a knife before fleeing in a pickup truck. The boy...

Techies, Transformations, and the Personal Touch at a Mission St. Fitness Studio

Mission Street, once distinguished by taquerias is increasingly a workout corridor  – at least nine businesses line the corridor from 14th to 24th streets promising more svelte silhouettes. Unlike many of them,  BodyFi, having just celebrated its seventh year in the Financial District and four years on Mission Street, is not a gym. It’s a fitness studio. In fact, owner...

SF Planners Approve Plan to Curb Gentrification, Extend Interim Controls

San Francisco Planning Commissioners on Thursday approved a land use and policy plan designed to mitigate the effects of gentrification and displacement in the Mission District. The seven commissioners also agreed to a nine-month extension on 14-month-old restrictions that require some projects to undergo more stringent review. The policy plan, called the Mission Action Plan 2020, is the product of...