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Mission District

SoMa Building Boom Has Not Dented Demand

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 27 2015 - 11:30am

About a third of the city’s new housing has been built in the South of Market neighborhood, which also saw some of the greatest price increases.

Mission Group Seeks Aid, Donations for Businesses Ousted by Fire

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 25 2015 - 11:00am

After a severe fire destroyed 36 shops, stores and other businesses, a community organization has started a fund to help them get back on their feet.

Homeless Help: A New Plan

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 17 2015 - 9:37am

A new help center for the homeless will open in March, featuring client dormitories other amenities for limited stays. This is what the center will look like.

As Neighbors Decry Spread of Homeless Encampments, One Mission Resident Opens Her Home Instead

Sanne Bergh and Paul Lorgerie, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 19 2014 - 1:42pm

Potrero Hill and Mission District residents complain about nearby homeless encampments, which have grown in sheltered areas as winter approaches. Police and city officials say the problem is too big to solve. One resident took matters into her own hands. Part of a special report on homelessness and mental health in San Francisco in the fall 2014 print edition.

Housing Solution: Affordable Tenant Co-ops Could Protect Buildings From Speculative Market

Robin Ngai and Emily Mibach, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 2 2014 - 12:33pm

Cooperative housing managed by nonprofit organizations could substantially increase the availability of affordable housing in San Francisco, but progress has been stimied for years by lack of capital to buy buildings. Now policymakers in the city and at the state capital are devising ways to help them grow. Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability.

S.F. Board Watch: City to Consider Expanding ‘Green Zone’ for Marijuana Dispensaries

Josh Wolf, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 7 2013 - 5:54pm

The Board of Supervisors this week approved a limit to the number of marijuana dispensaries allowed to open on the southern end of Mission Street in the Excelsior commercial district. Medical cannabis dispensaries would need a special permit to open within 500 feet of an existing dispensary. Supervisor John Avalos said he may later propose expanding that distance to 1,000 feet. Plus: Marsh Theater’s Unwanted Neighbors | City Parks Closure | New Policy on Video Productions

Tenants raising rents on new roommates

Lisette Mejia, Mission Local — Jun 6 2012 - 11:16am

Finding a place to live in the Mission can be daunting. Often, dozens of  hopeful renters show up at open houses, and Craigslist ads elicit responses from hundreds of people. With demand comes desperation, and in addition to those who offer cooked meals or to slip in an additional $600 to secure a spot, some are willing to pay extra rent to a master tenant for a room — and some are willing to charge it.

To stay in Mission District, Latino businesses split the rent

Rigoberto Hernandez, Mission Local — May 28 2012 - 1:42pm

Stepping inside the storefront at 3270 24th St., it’s not immediately clear what kind of business it is. The space holds two retail outlets, plus a lawyer and an electronics repairman. This may sound like a “man walks into a bar” joke, but it’s not — it’s the business model for many Latino business owners in the Mission.

Millions for Mission District schools: Where is the money going?

Lisette Mejia, Mission Local — May 23 2012 - 6:03pm

They belong to a club where membership hinges on low reading and math skills, and high dropout rates. They’re some of the worst-performing schools in the state, even the country, and to shape up, the Mission’s six struggling schools took drastic measures to qualify for a share of a $45 million grant — including firing principals and replacing half the staff. In December 2010, Bryant, Everett, Buena Vista Horace Mann, Mission High and John O’Connell began receiving an average of $1.6 million a year for three years from the new federal School Improvement Grant program.

Community divided on changing liquor license ban in Mission

Hélène Goupil, Mission Local — May 14 2012 - 3:51pm

At a recent meeting, it became clear that the Mission District is split on possible changes to the neighborhood’s liquor  license moratorium. Supervisor David Campos promised to hold other public meetings before he agrees to any amendments, he said. “The question that I have is are we OK with the way it is?” Campos asked a crowd of approximately 30 people recently gathered to discuss possible changes to an 18-year-old liquor license ban.

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