Mural at the corner of 24th and  York Street in The Mission District in San Francisco.

The Mission District, San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood, is known for its rich Latino culture and the colorful murals lining the alleyways. But in recent years, The Mission has become a symbol of the dramatic economic changes transforming the city. “The Mission Detour,” a new interactive audio tour produced by travel startup Detour in collaboration with KQED, addresses these issues in a guided walk down 24th Street where listeners hear narratives that explore both the neighborhood’s traditions and the struggles over gentrification and displacement. Join us as we talk with the producers of “The Mission Detour” about creating this “location-aware” experience. We’ll also discuss how Detour is expanding its tours to other San Francisco neighborhoods and major cities throughout the world.


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New Detour Highlights San Francisco’s Changing Mission District 16 June,2016Michael Krasny

Andrew Mason, co-founder,; founder and former CEO of Groupon
Julia Scott, journalist and radio producer; editor, KQED News

  • Noelle

    After the techies drive out the latinos, now the techies can learn about who they displaced(using high tech tools they have developed).

    • Robert Thomas

      I think that there are few pioneers of global positioning navigation or digital audio recording who are wishing to displace residents of The Mission District.

      A few “high technology” pursuits that come to mind include those of institutions in the aerospace, automotive, molecular biology, computational engineering, energy, advanced materials, nanotechnology, nuclear engineering, photonics, robotics and semiconductor sectors. What “high technology” is being developed by new inhabitants of The Mission?

      • Michael Epstein

        I think it’s a valid point that Krasny and Noelle make that Detour is a tech company and some of the high-paying gentrifiers in the Mission are getting their salaries directly or indirectly from the tech juggernaut. What’s maybe a better question is whether tours like this can increase citizen involvement in city programs that protect “legacy” businesses, build affordable housing, and designate cultural and arts spaces.

  • lfivepoints69

    The Mission was historically an Anglo neighborhood until the relatively recent invasion by Hispanics who displaced many of the neighborhood natives. It is great to the neighborhood becoming better in every way and becoming more diverse and vibrant. So wonderful to see the neighborhood becoming less of a mono-cultural ghetto. Crime and blight are dropping, property values are improving, and the restaurants, bars, and shops are so much better than in the past. We need a lot more gentrification, but the trends are going quite well.

  • Ryan

    If you want to stay in a place forever, you gotta buy it. There was plenty of opportunity back when the Mission was cheap, even for very low-income people. We all know the rules.

    BTW, I rented in the Mission in the late 90s and was Ellis-acted out of a place (I’m white, the propery owner was Latino), barely finding another place in the nick of time, so of course we should be compassionate in our laws and actions. But the idea that anyone (or culture) “belongs” in a place permanently simply because they’ve rented a place for a number of years…that’s not how it works.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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