Root Division Kids participating in a Root Division art class.
The vibrancy of the Mission District is due in large part the artists, art galleries, and arts-based non-profits that call it home. But the once-predominantly Latino community is in the midst of several large changes that will completely alter the vibe of the Mission.
The leading -- if not the sole -- cause of the burgeoning gentrification of the area is the rapidly increasing rent, for both businesses and residencies in the area, and the many evictions imposed on Mission tenants due to the Ellis Act. Iconic Latino gay bar/comedy club Esta Noche was recently shut down to become the space for another "trendy" bar to service the ever-expanding Mission hipster population, beloved bookstore Adobe Books was forced to move about a year ago due to rising rent, and now non-profit arts organization Root Division is facing the same dilemma.More »