Tag Archives: mission street

Where so many have failed, two SF officials take on cleaning up the 16th Street BART Plaza

To the 12,600 people who pass through the 16th Street Mission BART Station on a typical Wednesday, the scene on the plaza can be simultaneously beautiful and ugly. Salsa emanates from junky boom boxes. Grimy stairs rise up into a rainbow-colored railing etched with birds and suns. Scrubby palms poke up around the circular concrete benches, where dozens of the...

Insurer for Vida condos files suit against landlord of burned 22nd St. building

The landlord of the building at 22nd and Mission streets that was destroyed in a fire in 2015 has been sued by an insurance company for the adjacent Vida condo building. American Insurance Company alleges in its suit that Hawk Ling Lou, the property owner of 2578-2598 Mission Street, along with a land management company and a fire alarm company,...

SF’s Mission Street has gone too upscale, some residents say

When you walked into Centro Del Pueblo and heard the sound of a Latino man playing his acoustic guitar, smelled the scent of quesadillas in the air, and overheard a sentence spoken in two languages, you might have thought — and may even hoped — that the historically Latino Mission Street would never change. But then you discovered why more...

Inside an SF gambling shack, the blight the city just can’t seem to beat

The interior of an alleged Mission Street gambling den looks, to an unsettling degree, just like what you’d think it would. The place seems to have been crafted by Hollywood’s least-creative set designer. The windows here at the former Jhec of All Trades variety store at 4182 Mission St., however, are inelegantly blocked so as to prevent passers-by from casually...

SF dance club and restaurant, now 19, secures permanent home

After 19 years in business, Marco Senghor has secured the future of Bissap Baobab on 19th Street. The Senegalese entrepreneur has bought 3372 19th St. from former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta for $1.6 million. The sale realizes a dream Senghor has had for years. It also means one property on the block is now owned by a businessman who...

SF’s Laundré: dirty clothes and clean coffee

The room looks like it’s been through a heavy-duty bleach cycle, but I walk in anyway. It’s 7:15 on Wednesday evening, and I’m at cafe Laundré — the half-cafe, half-laundromat on the corner of 20th and Mission — on its first day in operation. People pass by its large windows on Mission Street and peek inside, perhaps wondering: really, another...

Foreign Cinema will raise a glass to 18 years and plans for new wine bar

Before Foreign Cinema made its home on Mission Street, its building — between 21st and 22nd streets — was distinguished by bullet holes on the front facade and a dirt backyard. In 18 years, the space has transformed into a local attraction and institution with a dreamy outdoor eating area and gleaming interior, and plans for a new wine bar...

Developer’s “I am not a Monster” ad blitz makes few friends 

Maximus Real Estate has poured $363K and counting into a “grassroots” effort to push the so-called “Monster in the Mission” proposal. San Francisco is a city in which a man in a three-piece suit can often induce more of a double-take than a bearded dude wearing a sarong and beating a conga drum — but, by any standard, the ads...

No-brainer SF housing project delayed; welcome to SF housing

A laundromat and parking lot one block away from a major transit hub probably seems, to many, like an absolute no-brainer location for building a big chunk of housing. Nothing is ever so simple. “I know that the folks in the Mission want to say, ‘we’re special, you gotta reject this project because we’re special.’ But the truth is, this...

Business social for new development met with protest

Business owners who arrived at the Mission Language and Vocational School Thursday evening to attend a social event organized by the developer of 1979 Mission St. were met by a group of about 30 chanting protesters who reiterated demands that the site be dedicated to affordable housing. “No more monster in the Mission,” sang the protesters from the Plaza 16...

Neighborhood Notes: “Candi,” theoretical dentist, possible ramen

Here’s some news about local storefronts you might have wondered about: Also, though it’s very early in the permitting process, it looks like someone is seeking permits to convert at least part of the former Goodwill space into a dental office. According to the application, the work would be to remodel and convert an existing mezzanine and second floor into...

Fabric Outlet temporarily takes over former Thrift Town space

There’s some movement at the former location of Thrift Town: Fabric Outlet, which for years has occupied the basement space below Thrift Town inside the Redlick Building at 17th and Mission streets, has temporarily relocated to the ground floor while seismic retrofit repairs are done in the basement. Fabric Outlet will likely be in the ground floor for several months,...

With land offer for affordable housing on the table, no buyer steps up

The idea for property owner Robert Tillman to strike a deal with the city was first floated publicly at a community meeting in 2016. He was pitching 55-unit development on his property at 2918 Mission St., currently home to a laundromat, and neighbors didn’t take kindly to it. Amidst the angry exchanges in the meeting, there was one that might...

For one vendor the street is both home and business

Abdiel Avila, 58, sets up on Mission Street every morning. He spreads a blanket out beneath the shade of a tree near 17th Street and pulls out watches, chargers, shoes, backpacks, movies, bike seats, and whatever has come his way. Once, he even tried to sell a dog someone gave him. On a good day, he says, he can make...

NBA finals from the Mission: Fans celebrate with bonfire in the street

(Earlier from the bars: Dubs fill the bars, take the trophy) 12:05  After earlier confrontations with officers who fired what appeared to be rubber bullets and announced over loudspeakers that anyone remaining in the street would be arrested Mission Street near 22nd Street has calmed down, though officers continued to move revelers along 22nd Street toward Valencia Street.    ...