Tag Archives: gentrification

Coffee Counters and Borderlands

By DIANA MONTAÑO It’s like the Rio Grande flows through the tap at the Atlas Cafe on 20th Street, turning the countertop into a wooden, cup-stained borderland. Behind the counter and to the left, where orders are taken and the coffee is served, are the Americanos– the white, twenty-something, college-educated American baristas. To the right, where the beer is poured...

Pantsless Gentrification

Leave the Pants at Home The 6th Annual Valentine’s Day Underwear party kicks off tonight at the Knockout. Billed as the “best semi-nude dance party” one can only hope that it kicks off nearly as much blogger debate as Debaser. Also with significantly more clothing (we hope), former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri is playing a free...
signs on the door at Forest Books

Rent Hikes May Write Final Chapter on Bookstores

Rising rents may soon write the final chapter in the story of two vintage bookstores after more than 20 years of book sales on 16th Street. By year’s end the landmark shops, Adobe Books and Forest Books, which jointly house more than 45,000 used volumes, could vanish from the Mission’s literary scene as pressures from gentrification and e-book sales squeeze...

The Gentrification Files: 859 Alabama Street

Michelangelo’s “David” was hewn from precious Carrara marble. And the huge bathroom inside the luxury loft for sale at 859 Alabama St. is, too. The walls are lined in this fine marble, along with a carved Carrara marble bathtub and separate shower. It looks ridiculously expensive. Hey, it’s only $1.775 million, but, pinkie swear, it’s worth it. Maybe. It comes with...

New Valencia Street Condo Going For Over 3/4 of $1 Million

The San Francisco Chronicle is spotlighting a new condo at 441 Valencia St. with an asking price of $759,000. The condo, which looks like something straight out of an Ikea catalog, has a private roof deck and is right down the street from Four Barrel Coffee. Beyond the specter of gentrification run amok, it raises the question of who can...

Community Meeting Reveals Sharp Differences

An event Monday evening billed as an open conversation about changes in the Mission attracted a standing room only crowd of nearly 100 people who voiced concerns about a range of issues related to what Supervisor David Campos called “a tale of two cities.” “There’s a great deal of wealth and economic development happening but there’s a great deal of...

24th-Mission McDonald’s Goes Fancy

The Google buses idling at 24th and Valencia have now been forever enshrined as the symbol of the money rolling through the Mission District in the city’s second tech boom. Parked just one corner over sits a just-as-potent sign that change is here: softly glowing iconic golden arches. Without fanfare or community protest or staged shouting matches, even the 24th and...

The Other Barrio: Crime, Gentrification, Noir

The Other Barrio, now finishing up post-production, offers viewers a feature-length noir crime-buster that uses the Mission’s evictions and gentrification as a backdrop. Adapted from a short story by San Francisco’s Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, the film follows Housing Inspector Bob Morales as he investigates a fatal residential hotel fire in the city’s Mission District. It is based on the true tale of the Mission’s...