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Mission Loses Local Color with Redlick Blueprint for Eviction

The artist In his Haight apartment, now teeming with stored sculptures, Truong Tran ponders how his life has changed. One of scores of artists displaced from the Mission’s Redlick Building, Truong has now lost not just a space in which to make art, but, more importantly, a community of support in place for the past…

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New Owner Has Goal to Displace Elite Sports Soccer from Long-Term Space in Mission

Stitching jerseys and jackets in a basement seven days a week is no task for the weary. When you know that is the only way to get a business off the ground, you make it happen. Such is the story of Astrid Acero López, who emigrated from Colombia in November 1988. She and her husband,…

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Mission Housing Story: MEDA Makes Offer in Attempt to Keep Artists and Multigenerational Family in their Home

“I used to be able to work three days a week as a waitress in the Castro and afford to rent a room, plus an artist’s studio in the Mission,” explains Kate Nichols (photo, left). By 2007, she had saved up enough money from waitressing and painting sales to work on her art full time….

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A Face of Mission Displacement: 
Tenant Gabriela Navarro and Neighbors Subject to Intimidation

It’s been a sweet home on Alabama for Gabriela Navarro, as she’s enjoyed her Mission flat and living with a trio of roommates who all equally love life in their diverse community. That all changed recently when the prospective new owners of the property greeted Gaby by initially asking, “What are your plans?” This surprised…

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A Face of Mission Displacement: Chad Xavier, Artist

“A few years ago, you could type in ‘artist studio’ on Craigslist and find plenty of spaces in San Francisco. Now all you’ll find are a couple of spaces, and they are out of reach,” laments Chad Xavier, as he nervously adjusts his cap and ponders his future. A quick look online this morning verified…

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