Mission Street

Half the Mission block between 16th and 15th streets was taped off because of blood trails. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Knife Attack Reported on Mission and 16th Streets

A reader reported witnessing a man attacking someone with a machete on Friday afternoon on Mission Street between 15th and 16th streets. A police spokesperson confirmed officers had responded to an incident there involving someone with a knife shortly before 2 p.m., after which one person was sent to the hospital with injuries. It’s unclear, however, what kind of knife was used...
Sisters Marie Benedicte (left), Marie of Angels, and Marie Valerie after getting the vote to pass permits for their soup kitchen. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

The Nuns Win at SF Planning Commission

A year of setbacks and opposition did not deter a trio of French nuns from following their calling from God – feeding those most in need. The nuns have campaigned for some ten months  to move a soup kitchen into the ground floor commercial space of a condominium building at 1928 Mission St. between 15th and 16th streets, and on...

The Touch Furniture Closes, Leaving Nearly a Block of Mission St. Vacant

After 11 years in business and a move from Valencia to Mission Street, the midcentury furniture store The Touch has closed. The owner’s brother-in-law, who was clearing out the remaining inventory at 2221 Mission St, said a health complication had prompted the owner to close the store. Mission Street between 18th and 19th Street now sports a dense cluster of empty storefronts. The vacancies...
Steven and his father, Pedro. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Old School SF Grocery Reopens with New School Appeal

If you didn’t know that the Casa Guadalupe market has been on Mission and 25th streets since 1997, you certainly wouldn’t guess from its smart new awning, shining floors, or organic produce. These are the result of a year’s closure and a $225,000 renovation – and a family approach to reinvigorating a two-generation business. In fact father, co-owner Pedro Gil,...
File photo by Lydia Chávez

Armory Makes Entertainment Debut with New Year’s Bash

Though it’s no stranger to hosting major events, the Armory on 14th and Mission streets is expecting some 4,000 people to ring in the new year for its first event as an official show venue. The bash, featuring the French electronic music band Justice, marks the official opening of the events venue “The Armory” – not to be confused with Kink.com, which, though...
A photo of of the parties from the "Secret Room"/ "X institute" Facebook page.

Illicit Nightclub with Booze, Drugs Operated at SF Mission Hacker Hostel

Even the most brazen scofflaws can fall prey to San Francisco’s housing market – at least that’s what happened to Troy Do, an undocumented immigrant software engineer who set up a hacker hostel and illegal nightclub above a grocery at 19th and Mission streets. In June of last year, Do, who uses a fake first name, set up a hacker hostel...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users in Shelters Get Health Department Nod

Traduccion en español aquí. Sites where drug users can safely inject or where alcoholics’ consumption is regulated received a warmer than expected endorsement at a hearing Thursday afternoon about progress toward the city’s six Navigation Centers. While the expansion of navigation centers, like the rest of the city’s budget, is running up against a shortfall the Department of Public Health...
The Thriftown rooftop two weeks ago.

HISTORY: 17 Reasons Remembered

“When I came to San Francisco, I saw that fantastic sign…with no explanation but it was enough for me,” wrote Glen Mehn in a 2002 letter to the city protesting the removal of the icon. “I knew where I wanted to live…in the Mission, close to that sign.” Read the Full Story HERE.
Amanda Ngo, owner of Duc Loi supermarket.

VIDEO: SF Mission District’s Duc Loi Invites 1,000 to Lunch

Duc Loi’s Thanksgiving Day lunch will start at noon on Thursday. Amanda Ngo is still looking for volunteers – community members who are interested in helping out are asked to come by the market, located at 2200 Mission st., today.  
The interior of Sealand Trading Inc. Photo by Laura Wenus

Mission St. Discount Store Going Out of Business

A discount goods store selling everything from clothes to small appliances to luggage on Mission near 20th Street is expected to shut down, perhaps as soon as the end of the year, its owner said. “The population has changed, there’s no more Latinos,” said owner Manny Mack, who who has kept Sealand Trading Inc. at 2469 Mission St. for 25...
The 20 Mission building and future home of Café Laundré seen from 20th Street. Photo by Laura Wenus

Café and Laundromat Headed for Former T-Mobile on 20th and Mission

A combination laundromat and café will occupy the space at the corner of Mission and 20th streets come January in the form of Laundré. The café-laundromat will feature a full-scale coffee bar alongside energy-efficient laundry machines and free soap with every wash. Owner Ariana Roviello noted that while a typical wash-and-dry cycle takes about 90 minutes to two hours, it will...
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...
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...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Fed Up With Encampments, Residents Turn to Police

Despite ongoing efforts by various city departments to dismantle the Mission’s homeless encampments, residents of the northeast areas of the neighborhood say the tent sprawl there has grown in size and brought crime to their doorsteps. At the Mission Police Station regular community meeting on Tuesday, the group of some 30 neighbors – many dressed in black to signify unity...