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The Once & Future 16th & Mission

October 30, 2013

Finally! A giant glass Apple Store in the Mission at 16th!

16th & Mission apple store

OK, maybe not, but 351 new units, whoa. Definitely should be called the Royal Gate though. More diagrams over at Mission Local. Density is coming whether we like it or not — just hope it doesn’t look like crap.

Proposed redevelopment of this area is nothing new. Back when the city looked upon the Mission as full of blight, a massive project along the lines of One-Two-Three Embarcadero was proposed along Mission from 16th to 24th:

alt mission 16th-24th

Details of 16th & Mission:alt mission 16th tacos alt mission 16th detail

alt mission 16th levels

And a quick view of what 16th and Mission looked like pre-BART:

16th and Misson pre-BART

‘Two views of 16th & Mission Street in 1886 and 1935’ via San Francisco Public Libraryd SF) (and oldSF) — looking across Mission,  down 16th to the west:


And the Sanborn maps from 1889:

1889 Mission and 16th

Another view of the Mission Market via SFPL/OldSF:


16th used to be called Center Street, this intersection was not far from what might have been the first baseball game played in California. Looking west down 16th/Center in 1859:

1859 first game, 1930 seals stadium overlay

And a GIF of the Coast Survey maps from showing 16th & Misison building up from 1853 to 1859 to 1869 – click to animate:

1853-1869 16th and Mission

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2013 2:15 pm

    The Mission Market shot and girl playing hoop in the outfield just satisfied my time-travel deficiency for the day. Thank you!


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