Mission District

What is astounding and demoralizing about the whole thing is that the very reason these people are coming here is because they like multi-culturalism and artists …and they are driving these people out. It’s almost like cannibalism.

Bob Mason, a Bernal Heights resident on the recent 26 percent jump in evictions in San Francisco’s Mission District. The gentrification of the Mission is displacing the mostly Latin@ working class locals, including terminally ill artist Rene Yañez, who faces an eviction order to leave his family’s apartment of 35 years next July.

Housing prices in San Francisco increased 26% between 2011 and 2012, with the median home price rising to almost $600,000. The average rent of a two-bedroom property is over $1,900 per month, or 4.6 full-time jobs at San Francisco’s minimum wage.

There are more than 6,400 homeless people in San Francisco, and Silicon Valley also has of one of the largest homeless encampments in the U.S. 


Low Key Walking Adventures on Mission Street - SFCA - Nikon F4 - Kodak Portra 400 - Arthur Alvarez

Days before this age old Mission Theater was set to be reduced to a pile of rubble, a friend and I decided it would be a good idea to go check it out. Usually armed with a medium format, I became a new owner of a Nikon F4 around this time and found the rare occasion of holding a 35mm pretty liberating.

After a little bit of rusty ladder climbs, tip toeing on mushy flooring, and transitioning over some ceilings; we reached a rooftop where a historically infamous Mission graf museum was enjoying it’s final days. It took a few moments, but we realized we made it up there just in time for the sun to turn gold. Ultimately, reminding us the season of summertime adventures is just beginning.