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Old March 27th, 2008, 11:49 AM   #1
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San Francisco's Mission District

Time for a little bit of the "other" San Francisco.



The Mission District is one of the oldest areas of the city, having survived the 1906 earthquake and fire largely intact. It's also home to the oldest building in SF, Mission Dolores, which was built by the Spanish in 1776. Originally an Irish neighborhood, in the 1940's through the 60's large numbers of Mexicans moved in, followed by many Central Americans from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and other countries. About 60,000 people live in the Mission, and prices are rising as sections (particularly Valencia Street Westwards) are gentrified, with large numbers of hipsters and yuppies moving in. The hood is still full of immigrants and working class families though, especially from Mission Street Eastwards. The Mission definitely has some of the most vibrant and gritty street scenes you can find in SF, and it supposedly has the highest concentration of street art and murals in the city. These pics were taken between December 2006 and February 2008:

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Part II on the way...

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Old March 27th, 2008, 12:10 PM   #2
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Some nice pictures and the legal graffiti is also really nice. Lookng forward to part two
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Old March 27th, 2008, 04:34 PM   #3
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San Francisco's Mission district I think is one of the most important neighborhoods in the USA. It has so much character and is so vibrant, and the nightlife is great too! Thank you for these pics, you've gone way deeper in than I visited.
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Old March 27th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #4
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These pics are great - really captures the unnatural (to me) bright blue dry SF sky, contrasting with the bright and jumbled but not always pleasing crowded imagery of the area.

I know this post probably makes no sense to anyone but me.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #5
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^I know what you mean (though to me there's nothing surreal about it)...The air in SF and California in general is really dry (despite the fog SF is famous for, the city isn't humid at all). Whenever I'm on the east coast, I'm surprised at the humidity...I'm not used to it. I like the dry heat we get here.

Glad you liked the pics!
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Old March 29th, 2008, 12:42 AM   #6
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This is one of the best photo tours I have ever seen. San Francisco looks awesome.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 01:30 AM   #7
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Beautiful pictures.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 01:38 AM   #8
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Pumping streets, photogenic from every angle, packed with character, and I loved every single pic! Can't wait for part II.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:32 AM   #9
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thanks, glad you all liked them! Posting part II...
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Old April 1st, 2008, 11:19 AM   #10
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Not sure what's so great here. There are plenty of ghettos aorund the country that look like this, save the unique architecture and topography of San Francisco but then you don't have to go to Mission District to observe those.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:32 PM   #11
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I like the shots b/c you see a lot of street life ... very natural and much more interesting that scrapers alone
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Old April 1st, 2008, 06:34 PM   #12
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Awesome !!!!!
I love San Francisco ! My second favorite city on California !
Great pics

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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:09 PM   #13
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Nice collection I never saw San Francisco from this side
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 01:16 AM   #14
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Interesting but a lot of the graffiti disgusts me
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Old January 5th, 2010, 10:20 AM   #15
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WOW, those photos realley captured the Mission District.
GREAT THREAD/POST.....BRAVO!!!!!!!
Hella good job!
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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #16
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Quote:
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thanks, glad you all liked them! Posting part II...
brilliant, thank you! i used to stay in dolores st a then 18th&mission... much much better than f... fisherman's wharf
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Old January 6th, 2010, 09:00 AM   #17
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What a fantastic set of my favorite California city.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:01 AM   #18
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Great pictures!
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:19 AM   #19
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I have never been to this neighborhood of San Francisco. I love it!
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:31 AM   #20
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this is probably the neighborhood where the heaviest amount of gentrification is going on...i know quite a few people who live there, and none of them speak a word of spanish

btw, what is the name of that park located next to the RIDICULOUSLY nice high school (looks like an 18th century mansion)? it's not in any of the pictures but i remember getting some terrific views there
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