The 3300 block of Mission Street, a year later
A year ago, on a Saturday afternoon, a five-alarm fire blazed through the 3300 block of Mission Street. I watched the fire start small and turn into the dragon that took the block. This was a day that changed my life in a profound way. Since then I have been dedicating time and energy to the neighborhood, dreaming up ways to remember the merchants who lost legacy businesses and figuring out how to welcome them back.
Over the last year, I have gotten to know the owners of Coronitas, El Paisa, Playa Azul, Cole Hardware, El Gran Taco Loco, and the 3300 Club. Before this day we didn't know each other. Our merchant community has always been strong, but now we're like family. We look out for each other and support each other through the thick and thin of owning a business. My heart goes out to the families that lost everything. Your stories are not forgotten and people are out there advocating for your return.
I am looking forward to the day that I can buy my gallery supplies at Cole Hardware on Mission Street, eat delicious food from one of these rebuilt and thriving restaurants, and have a shot of whisky during the game at the 3300 Club. I have so much love for this neighborhood that is my home, my work, and my life.