the silent voices of the clarion alley

Off of Mission and Valencia Streets in the San Francisco's inner Mission District, a gritty alley awaits those who can make time to see the real San Francisco... not of the gentrified, hipsterized present but one that brings together the defiant, sensitive and idiosyncratic past of this quirky town that many still wish to nurture.

Tucked amidst a neighborhood thrift store, a bar that claims to have the longest happy hour and a store that promises groovy vibes, it feels quintessentially san franciscan!!

You won't find many tourists from Fisherman's wharf here, although there were some French voices heard around the place, alluding to the fact that the alley has seen its fifteen minutes of fame. The bold, vivid and grotesque murals painted mostly by the local artists quietly scream for your attention, amidst a back-drop of some non-descript graffiti, a few abandoned shopping carts or pieces of clothing that almost look like they belong there... a bicycle of a couple of hard working immigrants taking a break, leaning against a wall, seems like it is part of the installation!! A few cars passing by, surprisingly do slow down for the visitors and their selfies!!

The most emphatic voice that stands out among the murals is that of the most vexing problem that prevails in the city, the housing issue and the many forms it takes and the people that it has displaced or about to. Apparently, there are "placeholders" like the one above, on the bottom right, which could very well be a piece of typographic art in its own right, that are "reserved" spaces for future art, also speak of similar issue.

there are the voices of the minorities that plead for basic rights and a peaceful co-existence...

The voices that condemn gun-violence...

and its ugly manifestations...

and there are those that celebrate women, some that appear to be well-known and some that seem cherished mostly by the artist?

There are always the nostalgic voices that are reluctant to let go of the past, of its psychedelic, hippie roots, or an artist passed, and some that struggle to keep a good thing or a place going...

There are also murals that mostly speak to the locals in the know, but perhaps enigmatic to most others, to keep one wondering and dreaming of rainbows and unicorns...

There is the artist that personifies the spirit of the alley...

one that admits of his/her inability to find the best solution to the problem, but...

...wants to find a solution, together, with the spirit of the city that still struggles to hold on to the remnants of its identity amidst the flux that surrounds it...

with the same spirit...

...that keeps the alley and at least some of its murals alive...
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