photographer taking a photograph of a Mural in San Francisco's Mission District of a mural drawn by LGBTQ immirants who are undocumented

A Walk Through the Mission District

I think of San Francisco as a microcosm of the American Experiment.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Look through my window

Can people of different cultures, languages, religions and sexuality live together in co-operation and peace?

In San Francisco the answer is (mostly) yes.

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600 Montgomery Street in Downtown San Francisco
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Clarion Alley 2012

I have no opinion on whether the latest generation of transplants is good or bad but gold digging has a long and respected history in California.
San Francisco will survive the tech industry as it has survived every other social and geographic upheaval.

My favorite San Francisco neighborhood is the Mission District.

I love the sight of families and the sound of ranchera pouring into the streets from the parks and playgrounds.

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19th Street at Valencia

I walk through the Mission at least twice a week.

There is always a new mural to find.

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Clarion Alley 2012

This post is composed of photographs taken on several walks since 2011.

Some of these photos are as recent as yesterday.

I hope that you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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2016 Portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune on Clarion Alley
We The Sheeple
2015 Mural on Clarion Alley

 

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Memorial to Dean Dennis, 2016

 

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2016 Portrait of Amiri Baraka between 25th and 26th Streets

 

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2016 Mural between 23rd and 24th Streets
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The Cosmic Lady 2016 between 17th and 18th Streets on Valencia.
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Between 24th and 25th Street
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2013 Clarion Alley Mural by Persue
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The local opinion of Mayor Ed Lee

(c) Rob Goldstein 2016-2017

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33 thoughts on “A Walk Through the Mission District

  1. I have a classmate who’s most unhappy about the mission district’s popularity, due to the gentrification that’s taken place. She even goes so far as to say it’s genocide. So when I saw these photos of yours, I was shocked by how beautiful and clean the mission district is. I’d been given quite a different picture of it: one of conflict and despair.

    I guess that’s the danger of single stories. If I’d only gotten my classmate’s take on the district, I’d think it was a war zone!

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    1. There is conflict and despair in the Mission. Lot’s off it…and I’ve got pictures of that too. The Mission is where I take most of my pictures. Gentrification is driving out families and there are people living in tents on the sidewalks. But where there is darkness there is also light. πŸ™‚

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    1. San Francisco is too…umm…San Francisco to go down without a fight.

      A 17 day hunger strike in front of the Mission police station at 17th and Valencia streets in protest over the fatal shooting of Luis Gongora earlier three other people of color in the last two years forced police chief Greg Suhr to resign.

      I’ve got some great shots of that protest including some video of people dancing to Public Enemy’s ‘Fight the Power’ in front of the doors of the police station.

      Next on the Frisco Five’s agenda is a recall of Mayor Ed Lee who has managed to sell whole blocks of our neighborhoods to real estate developers who have not produced the affordable housing that the mayor said they’d produce. Some locals think that wealthy speculator’s who come here with the idea that they can take from our City without giving back should be kicked out with nothing.

      In this case, all of the housing these folks built for profit should become housing for the people and the Mayor who thinks we wouldn’t notice the cheat is sent packing.

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      1. This information would make for an excellent post to raise awareness- the housing scandal, that is. It infuriates me how officials once in power become corrupt and venal. Nothing new though, absolute power corrupts absolutely after all…I remember hearing about the shooting, both shocking and saddening. Are you thinking about posting those pictures?( if you don’t mind me asking..sorry to be nosey..)

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      2. No, sorry,I meant will you put the pictures you took at the protest in your blog. Having been homeless myself it’s something I feel strongly about. Thank you for the offer of using your pictures, they’re very emotive. Obviously if I used them if I would credit

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