From JANIE SHEPPARD
Inspired by the Ukiah controversy over murals, Laura Fogg and I decided to do some community mural viewing. Laura wanted to investigate the murals in San Francisco’s Mission District and I was game to go along.
We started early, 7 a.m., stopping at the Flying Goat Coffee House in Healdsburg for scones and coffee, and arriving in the Mission around 10 a.m. We parked easily near 17th and South Van Ness, very close to our first stop: Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP), near the intersection of Mission and 17th Streets. Facebook says about CAMP: that it chose social inclusiveness and aesthetic variety as its themes. The result is more than 100 murals on and around Clarion Alley by Latino, Caucasian, African-American, Native American, Asian, Indian, Queer and disabled artists of all ages and all levels of experience. Here are a couple of the murals.
Balmy Alley, between Treat Avenue and Harrison Street, offered more treats, including a scary robot taking over the Mission District. A resident explained that when the Dot.com economy offered high incomes to many energetic young people, they chose to move to the Mission, threatening its local culture. The resulting robot mural depicts the crushing power of dot.com monster.