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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...
The church at 856 Capp Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Residential Complex Coming to Capp Street Church

A historic church on Capp Street is slated for conversion into residential units, according to new documents submitted to the city. The plans, which have been in the works since 2015, would preserve the 1927 Mission/Deco style facade of the one-story church at 856 Capp St. between 23rd and 24th streets. A four-story, 40-foot complex would rise behind it and...
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Developments in Development: Decisions and Limbo

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. The nuns have won! It only took 20,000 signatures and three hours of testimony from 20 or so people, but the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame will open a soup kitchen on Mission Street near 16th Street. This has been a drama unfolding...
Zeitgeist's sunny patio. Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist.

Valencia Housing Development Stalled over Zeitgeist Shadow Dispute

The sponsors of a 28-unit housing development proposed for 198 Valencia – the current site of an auto service station discovered Thursday the peculiar traps of developing housing in San Francisco.   This one concerned the questions of shade, legacy businesses and in the end became a debate on whether the city’s charm – a charm derived in part from legacy businesses...
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...
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Downed Tree Wallops Multikulti Sign

Not content with almost causing a stampede at 24th Street BART and a Muni blockage at Dolores Park, this week’s storm also left the sign of departed clothing and accessory shop Multikulti on Valencia Street somewhat mangled. Winds took down a tree on the block of Valencia between 16th and 17th streets and while the currently active storefronts nearby were spared any...
El Valenciano, located at 1153 Valencia St. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Valencia Street Salsa Venue, El Valenciano, For Sale

Part dance hall, part bar and tapas restaurant, Valencia Street’s Latin music and dance venue, El Valenciano, is now for sale. As Capp Street Crap reported on Monday, owner Victoria Vides has put the 4,500 square-foot space on the market for $525,000. The purchase comes complete with food and alcohol licenses and the venue’s rent and lease are negotiable, according...
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New Mission Park Opening Delayed Due to Rain

A recent spell of heavy rainfall has caused a delay in the construction of a new Mission District park, was scheduled to open to the public at 17th and Folsom streets at the end of 2016. Construction of the 31,850-square-foot park, spearheaded by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, has been underway since March, although the plans for the...
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Woman Violently Robbed of Phone, a Brawl and Multiple Mission Burglaries

A 50-year-old woman was injured in a struggle over her cell phone on Wednesday morning. Police report that the woman was walking with her cell phone in hand near 23rd Street and South Van Ness Avenue at 1:20 a.m. when she was approached by two unidentified men. As one of the men grabbed her phone, the woman resisted and a struggle ensued....
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...