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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...
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...
Michelle Thompson, pictured with her dog, has been homeless since displaced by the Mission and 29th Street fire in June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City’s Housing Offers Not Cutting It for Homeless Fire Victim

A former go-go dancer and taxicab robber who had hoped to start life afresh at the Graywood Hotel is the last tenant displaced by the June fire who remains on the streets. Michelle Thompson’s story demonstrates how difficult it is to place some clients who resist housing because of what they have to leave behind: their personal belongings, friends and...
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The Navigation Center: A Haven for the Determined

Mission Street’s Navigation Center, the city’s first, is lauded for being a low-barrier shelter, a place where street dwellers can come as they are and have all their needs met. For those determined to get off the streets, it can be the pathway to finally getting housing, but others may fall through the cracks as the center is also working...
Panaderia Universal at 30th and Mission streets.

Owner of San Francisco’s First Guatemalan Bakery Dies

Traduccion en español aquí. Manuel Barrientos, the proprietor of San Francisco’s first Guatemalan bakery, was 79 when he died on November 25, but for many, his vigor and dedication to his craft made his age difficult to gauge. When Barrientos was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given just three months to live, it was not his own death that...
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...
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Two Cars Flip Over in Mission Within Half-Hour

UPDATE 9/9/16: San Francisco Police report that the woman who was struck on Mission Street, a 62-year-old woman, is in life-threatening condition, having suffered traumatic brain injury. The driver of the car that flipped, a 51-year-old man, was arrested. Police now report the man struck six or seven parked cars before flipping over, and that the victim was getting into her car when...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Doc’s Clock to Move In, Hive Out at 20th and Mission

Repairs to bring the building at 20th and Mission streets into code compliance will mean merchants of handmade goods are moving out of the cooperative known as 20 Mission, while longtime neighborhood bar Doc’s Clock completes plans to move by 2017 into an adjoining space next door that is currently empty. The bar recently became part of the city’s Legacy Business Registry, which both acknowledges businesses’ historic...
Lost Weekend Video now operates as a kiosk inside the Alamo Drafthouse's renovated New Mission Theater. Photo by Laura Waxmann.

Lost Weekend Video Lives On in Renovated Cinema

Lost Weekend Video has been operating for four months as a kiosk inside the lobby of the New Mission Theater, and its owners are now figuring out how to keep their longstanding movie rental business alive while appealing to a new clientele. “We have just been sort of struggling to get back on our feet,” said David Hawkins, one of...
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Former Minako Sushi to Become Naan N Curry

The shuttered former organic sushi restaurant Minako is set to become an Indian restaurant in a few weeks. The proprietor of Naan N Curry, Muzaffar Hussain, has secured a permit to put together the new restaurant and is hoping to open by the end of next week. Hussain said the new location will blend Indian food classics like curries and biryani with...
Installing the transit-only lanes. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SFMTA Plans to Tweak Mission Street Transit Changes

San Francisco’s transit agency is proposing to roll back some of the traffic changes made along Mission Street when the city installed red bus-only lanes from 14th Street to Cortland Avenue.   The Municipal Transit Agency announced on Monday that its board would consider removal of two forced right turns at 22nd and 26th streets in order to give drivers four blocks of through traffic to...
Former home of Cole Hardware. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Fundraiser Planned for Businesses Damaged in Mission Bernal Fire

On Saturday, July 30th from 4 to 8 p.m., Secession Art and Design will host a Pickup Party benefitting the businesses destroyed by the Mission Bernal Fire more than a month ago. The 3300 Club, the neighborhood bar that stood on that corner for more than 50 years, sustained only water damage but is still trying to figure out how to...
Photo by Manuel A. Yánez

Photo Essay: King of the Streets

I took these pictures last Sunday when tens and tens of Lowriders paraded down Mission on their way to 2016 “King of the Streets” Lowrider Cruise & Hopping Contest  at Fort Mason. It was impressive and fun to see so many Lowriders make their way down Mission St on their way to Fort Mason for a car show and hopping competition.
Sylvia Alvarez-Lynch talks as SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin listens.

Frustrated Residents Pack Meeting on Mission Street Changes

With more than 100 people packed into a sweltering room, tempers ran hot at a three-hour meeting held by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency to get feedback on the agency’s new transit lanes and turn restrictions along Mission Street. The changes, which were rolled out in March, include the creation of transit-only lanes, the prohibition of left turns for...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Community Meeting Set to Discuss Mission St. “Red Carpet”

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority has scheduled a community meeting for 6 p.m. on June 20 at the Mission Cultural Center to discuss the effects of the transit-only lanes and turn restrictions implemented along the Mission Street corridor from 14th Street to 30th Street, which have drawn major backlash from drivers and businesses who say access to the street has become much...