Mission Metamorphosis

For many decades, San Francisco’s Mission District has been home to a largely Latino and working class population. But in recent years, skyrocketing rent costs and an increase in evictions are displacing longtime residents, many of whom have been forced to move out of San Francisco all together in order to find affordable housing. In their stead, investors and developers are building luxury condos and replacing legacy businesses with trendy restaurants and glass-front boutiques. Activists and displaced residents blame an influx of Silicon Valley employees for the Mission’s ongoing transformation, but efforts to preserve the district’s cultural identity and prevent further displacement have been slow to gain traction.