“The Mission District’s Changing Face,” back in 1962

the mission district's changing face, 1962

[via Tarin]

Here are the top 10 Mission Mission posts of 2015

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10. The time we watched Christopher Walken attack the Golden Gate Bridge with a blimp.

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9. The poem I wrote about Hayes Valley.

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8. The time we determined what the best song to listen to while driving across the Golden Gate Bridge is.

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7. My list of SF-related memories about Jay Reatard (RIP).

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6. The #tbt post about the Sofia Coppola movie Somewhere and how I’d seen it at the Roxie back in the day and the scene with the Strokes song is really good and some other stuff.

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5. The time I eavesdropped on some techbros in the park and they said a bunch of offensive shit.

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4. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Knockout with a list of Knockout memories.

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3. The time I ran into a bunch of cool people on a big Friday night out in the Mission.

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1. The time I ate the new Mission Chinese Food CHINESE BURRITO for three (3) meals in a row, baby.

Thanks for reading, everybody!

Some really old graffiti on a really old Muni train


1999, says Tumblr.

[via te Aprecio]

Back when black-brown unity was the big issue in Bernal Heights (and ancient pyramids were the big thing everybody had in common)

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Local historian Big Old Goofy World tells us all about it:

This mural on the side of the Bernal Heights library is a remake of an older more elaborate one, from a time when Black-Brown unity was the big issue in the neighborhood. The original also featured a Mayan pyramid next to an Egyptian pyramid — all beneath the Transamerica Pyramid.

Lol ancient black folk + ancient brown folk + …contemporary investment bankers???


Cool old photo of old Dolores Park

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Remember back when it used to look like that?

Now please enjoy this list of recent posts about Dolores Park…

A pair of San Francisco hipsters the other day– err, I mean in 1967


[via Big Old Goofy World]

Now please enjoy this long list of “history”-themed posts about the Mission and SF…

Two 35-year-old men talking about how the Mission used to be different, via text

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Phewf, okay, now let’s watch this vintage video of Jonathan Richman and drummer Tommy Larkins doing one of their classic sets at Make-Out Room circa 2011:

And then, I dunno, check out the Make-Out Room event calendar for goodness’ sake. Or maybe meet somebody there for a $4 PBR some time.

San Francisco then and now, via one little house in Bernal Heights

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Local blog Big Old Goofy World tells the tale:

What a difference two or three decades makes. We called this “the Hell’s Angels house” or “the Cheech and Chong house.” On the top we see it c. 1980s, and on the bottom today. This house had so much drama that my brother and I, who didn’t have a TV, would often turn out the lights in our living room and watch the fighting and drunkenness. Guns, knives, family disputes, and high speed chases ended up here. These guys were straight from the cast of Sons of Anarchy. But they were also good neighbors, when they were sober. Dave, the main occupant in the 80s, was handy with motors and installed our garage door, still in use today. And we were told to knock on his door if we were in trouble. After the 89 quake, when portions of the city were burning, he rustled up a flat bed truck, big TV, and generator, and the whole block watched the news there on Moultrie Street.

Read on for more.

Mission Street a million years ago

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[via The Fog Bender]

Making ‘Making the Mission’


Author Ocean Howell wrote this book about the beginnings of the Mission as we know it today, and is giving a talk about it at the library this weekend.

Here’s a blurb about the book:

In the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, residents of the city’s iconic Mission District bucked the city-wide development plan, defiantly announcing that in their neighborhood, they would be calling the shots. Ever since, the Mission has become known as a city within a city, and a place where residents have, over the last century, organized and reorganized themselves to make the neighborhood in their own image. In Making the Mission , Ocean Howell tells the story of how residents of the Mission District organized to claim the right to plan their own neighborhood and how they mobilized a politics of place and ethnicity to create a strong, often racialized identity–a pattern that would repeat itself again and again throughout the twentieth century. Surveying the perspectives of formal and informal groups, city officials and district residents, local and federal agencies, Howell articulates how these actors worked with and against one another to establish the very ideas of the public and the public interest, as well as to negotiate and renegotiate what the neighborhood wanted. In the process, he shows that national narratives about how cities grow and change are fundamentally insufficient; everything is always shaped by local actors and concerns.

And here’re details on the talk:

“Do cities make neighborhoods or do neighborhoods make cities?” (Eric Avila, University of California, Los Angeles.)  Ocean Howell discusses his new book, Making the Mission, challenging assumptions about the complex relationships that shape neighborhoods, as well as the historical narratives.

Saturday, 11/14/2015, 11:00 – 12:00
Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
Main Library
100 Larkin St.