Mission Street


Warriors sweep the Cavaliers and the Mission celebrates (PHOTOS!)

The Warriors made history when they racked up a 73-win season in 2016, only to lose the Cleveland Cavaliers in that year’s NBA Finals. Yet, here were are, four finals appearances in four years — all against the same team led by LeBron James. This latest championship victory was sweeter, as the team swept the Cavaliers in four games, a...

SF Mission nonprofit MEDA eyes vacant lot at 22nd and Mission

The Mission Economic Development Agency is moving in on the vacant lot at the corner of 22nd and Mission streets — the site of a February 2015 fire that killed one person and displaced some 60 residents and businesses. The damaged building has since been demolished, leaving a rare — and very large — empty piece of land that is...

City plans to limit restaurants, preserve industrial space in SF’s Mission

In an effort to curb gentrification in the Mission District, the San Francisco Planning Department has announced a bevy of proposals, including new controls on restaurants, bars and new businesses, as well as measures to preserve small workshop spaces in certain areas. The proposals are part of the so-called Mission Action Plan 2020 — a plan aimed at keeping cultural...

Small businesses feel the squeeze on Mission Street

Take a stroll along Mission Street and you’ll see two sides of the ever-changing city: the family-owned, brick-and-mortar stores that go back decades, and the new-school minimalist design of the more recently opened shops. No matter their tenure, nearly all of the 59 active businesses along the two blocks between 21st and 23rd streets on Mission Street are trying to...

SF nonprofit reveals its plans for derelict building at 18th and Mission

The Mission Economic Development Agency is proposing an eight-and-half-story mixed-use building at the corner of 18th and Mission streets — now the site of a decaying former stove store that could cost the nonprofit as much as $1 million to restore.   As Mission Local reported in December, MEDA bought the building for $6 million, with plans to develop it...

Life as it is: beloved Mission District photographer dies at 71

In one of Ted Pushinsky’s photos, three boys stand at the 24th Street BART plaza. Two of them wear Stetson hats, one of them dances, and all three wear baggy slacks and shined-up shoes. Two of them read a sheet of paper whose words remain hidden from view. While it is only a black-and-white photograph — one taken in the...

Success and failure on two blocks of SF’s Mission St.

In the past year, Mission activists have turned their sights on Mission Street where they would like to see restrictions on market-rate housing, more commercial controls on bars and upscale restaurants, and protections for small businesses. The efforts are couched in language to “save” the Mission. However, after a look at the businesses on two blocks of Mission Street between...

The SF Mission District’s invisible foot patrols

Last August, the San Francisco Police Department announced plans to nearly double the number of foot patrol officers walking commercial corridors citywide from roughly 70 to 130. Moreover, Police Chief Bill Scott said the number of foot patrols would quadruple in the Mission District. But nearly five months later, merchants along the Mission District corridors that the foot beat officers...

SF Mission’s Shambhala reopens as recreational pot store

On Friday, politicians, merchants and stoners alike flowed into Shambhala for its grand opening as a recreational pot store. For Shambhala’s owner, Al Shawa, the road has been long and bumpy — starting first with a tense battle with the federal government and, more recently, his state license was withheld while other stores began sales Jan. 6. But today, that was...

The SF Mission’s only comic book store in danger of closing

The Mission’s only comic book store is in danger of closing and is seeking support from the community. According to a post on the Mission: Comics & Art’s website, sales were down 17 percent in 2017, equal to $72,000. Owner Leef Smith has invited people on Facebook to come to an emergency meeting on Sunday night “to help figure out...

SF Mission nonprofit nabs corner building for $7.75 million

The Mission Economic Development Agency — or MEDA, as most know it — has purchased a 16-unit building on the corner of 17th and Mission streets for $7.75 million. A majority of the 11 residential and five commercial spaces are currently occupied by longtime, low-income tenants.  “By taking market-rate buildings off the private market, we can keep them affordable over...

SF’s Mission will have seven cooking schools

Soon, the Mission will have seven cooking schools for the amateur chef. Civic Kitchen, co-founded by chefs and entrepreneurs Jen Nurse and Chris Bonomo, will take over at 2961 Mission St. Classes will start on Jan. 13 and there will be an open house for the community on Sunday, January 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, Chef Dan...

Developer facing appeal says he’ll “shut down forever” activist “racket”

Activists intend to file an environmental appeal on a project that would build 75 units of housing at 2918 Mission St., and that plan has the developer ready to do battle. “Please consider this email to be the equivalent to a fencer’s salute before beginning a duel,” wrote Robert Tillman, the property owner and developer of 2918 Mission. “We intend...

Ronen wants answers on mental health beds and 16th Street BART station

Mission Local checked in this week with Hillary Ronen about her first year on the job as District 9 Supervisor and some of the changes in the neighborhood. Ronen talked about her goals for building 5,000 affordable units of housing in the Mission over the next 10 years, her priorities for public safety, and the complicated needs evident at the...

SF Supervisor asks BART directors to come clean “filthy” 16th St. Plaza

For months, BART Director Bevan Dufty has been out at 16th and Mission streets on Wednesday morning sweeping the trash on the plaza. A few weeks in, he was joined by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. Appalled at the state of things, Ronen has now called out the other BART directors, inviting them to join in the morning cleanups and...