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On October 19, 2019, I was in Mission District, San Francisco, USA.
Following a morning exploring Chinatown, we walked over to see the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square Park.
After a quick photo op, we headed toward the Mission District, another of San Francisco’s most culturally rich neighbourhoods. Commonly known as The Mission, this is one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, with its name derived from the Mission San Francisco de Asís that was built in 1776 by Spanish settlers.
From the 1940s to 1960s, an influx of Mexican immigrants moved into the area, having been displaced from the “Mexican Barrio” located on Rincon Hill in order to make space for construction of the western landing of the Bay Bridge. This triggered a period of white flight, leaving The Mission a heavily Chicano/Latino character which it maintains today, despite facing rapid gentrification in more recent decades.
Today, The Mission remains best known for its Latin American culinary tradition, as well as its art scene. Top spots within the neighbourhood to see work from talented street artists include the Women’s Building and Balmy Alley.
As for food, I recommend Taqueria El Farolito for tacos. I still dream about this place.