The Mission (Part 1)
Welcome to Day 4–the day that blew me away. The Mission District is a predominantly Latino neighborhood, but it is quickly gentrifying. It is named for Mission Dolores, in the northwest part of the neighborhood. I’ll get there on Part 2, but there is plenty to see in Part 1.
Murals of the Mission
I had heard that there were lots of cool murals in the Mission, but nothing prepared me for what I encountered. The murals, created with love, are gorgeous. And I wasn’t expecting how political they are. Everyone should see them to get more of a feel for the real San Francisco than you can get at Fisherman’s Wharf. (Or maybe it’s better to keep them as San Francisco’s hidden treasure.)
The murals are all over the Mission. But there are 2 locations that deserve special recognition. The 1st is Clarion Alley, where it really does have the feel an outdoor art gallery. The artwork here gets very political.
The Women’s Building
The 2nd mural site in the Mission worthy of special recognition is the Women’s Building, a women-led community center. The mural covering the Women’s Building is the pièce de résistance of the Mission’s murals. But don’t call it a masterpiece! It is the “MaestraPeace”. As you might guess, it was created by women and it celebrates women. But the mural itself is worth celebrating.
Had your fill of thought-provoking, challenging, and gorgeous street art for now? Okay, let’s go to the park!
There’s no livelier place in San Francisco on a warm, sunny day than at Dolores Park. Having just gone through a 2-year renovation, it’s looking better than ever!
Dolores Park lies on the slope of a hill. The closer you get to the southwest corner of the park, the better the city views get.
For a visit to Mission Dolores and Mission Dolores Basilica, stay tuned for Day 4, Part 2!
[Factual information is primarily gathered from Wikipedia, so you know it must be true.]