The Mission District was once predominately Latino but in recent years has become popular with the dot.com crowd. In fact, Mark Zuckerman lives in the area. Valencia Street is full of coffee shops, boutiques and the best Mexican food. This is one of the sunniest areas of San Francisco. The area is a popular food destination; even Anthony Bourdain has stopped in for a torta (That’s It Market). The street art, open front stores and music adds grit to the neighborhood.
San Francisco’s Mission District has 500+ murals, many of them are 3D. You will find street art throughout the Mission District on businesses, churches, garage doors, fences, restaurants, schools and in parks. It is literally everywhere. Most of the art is commissioned for aesthetic purposes by the property owners.
The Mission District’s street art has been described as a visual record of cultural and social developments. The art often documents the Latino experience and has social, political, religious and historical messages. Balmy Alley was the first area to be painted and is full of political statements; Clarion Alley has a younger vibe.
The area is easy to access via BART. Clarion, Balmy and Lilac Alleys are full or art. There is also a large concentration of art along 24th Street between Mission and Hampshire. Click on the google map for my route.