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24th Street & Mission Neighborhood


Mission and 24th today is the colorful patch in the diverse quilt that makes San Francisco the city we all love; full of history, character and a love of traditions. What many people may not know is what we now call the “mish” holds a special part in the birth of the city by the bay.

In the late 18th century, Spanish Missionaries arrived in the area, but for over 2,000 years, the mission was home to the Yelamu Indians. The tribe faded shortly as the Spanish arrived. As the city grew during the Gold Rush, the Mission became home to the first professional baseball stadium in all of California. Portions of the grounds are now known as Garfield Square.

Sometime in the late 19th & 20th century, Irish and German immigrant workers moved into the area and started building the Mission into a major commercial center. With much of its architectural influence still standing, it wasn’t until the 1940’s-60s that Mexican families moved to the area, transforming the community into the neighborhood we know today.

Some people worry that the mission is gentrifying, while others celebrate the change and believe that like most urban neighborhoods, this community is just evolving. More and more young people and “hipsters” choose to call mission their home: A place many of us describe as full of life, real and vibrant as the murals on every corner. While the population changes, the community is largely the same.

In the morning, the smells of freshly baked goods at a nearby panaderia fill the streets with a comforting aroma. Vegetable bins and taco stands can still be found around the corner from a selection of carnecerias and markets that now cater to the organic foods movement.

One cannot predict the changes this neighborhood will continue to experience. We can only hope that whatever transformation the future has in store, the Mission would remain connected to its roots and continue celebrating its past as it looks toward the future.

No matter where you are from, it is hard to resist the charms of the Mission. Here’s to never losing sight of its character and authenticity, and sense of community. Viva la Misión!