Sunday Streets in the Mission is the most popular and populous route on Sunday Streets’ annual event roster. It has been held more often than any other Sunday Streets event (two to four times per year) since 2010, and has gone through several incarnations, incorporating portions of the Valencia and 24th Street merchant corridors along with other neighborhood streets.
Sunday Streets Mission route is changing in 2014, keeping Valencia Street and moving from Lower 24th Street. This change is being made at the request of Calle 24 (formerly Lower 24th Street Merchant Association) due to the impact of numerous community events taking place in this part of the Mission neighborhood (Sunday Streets, Cinco de Mayo, Dia de Los Muertos, Carnival, etc.). Calle 24 prefers that the events that close the street be limited to locally generated, community-led celebrations. Sunday Streets staff and leadership are therefore engaging our Mission neighbors, businesses and organizations to draft a new route through the neighborhood that will work for everyone involved.
Sunday Streets hosted a community meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd, to discuss various route options for 2014 Sunday Streets Mission route. Three route options were presented (click on images to enlarge):
These routes were chosen with consideration to the following criteria: Muni lines, hills, residential driveways, local access concerns, areas of strong support, and points of interest (parks, commercial corridors). We also provided blank maps and encouraged community members to suggest ideas for next season’s Mission route:
Participants at the Dec 3 meeting expressed strong interest and support for options along 17th Street and 18th Streets. Sunday Streets staff will take these suggestions to the logistics team to discuss further planning. We will also host another community meeting on Wednesday, January 22nd to share the preferences of the logistics team and the next steps for establishing this new route through the Mission District.
Community input is essential and appreciated as we work together to make next year’s Sunday Streets in the Mission a success. We’d love to hear from you about these two options, or any other concerns or ideas you have for adjusting the Mission Sunday Streets to be as successful as possible for everyone involved!