On Tuesday, May 20, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to designate 24th Street (“Calle 24″) in the Mission District as a Latino Cultural District in recognition of the area’s contributions to the city’s heritage. In recent months, the local neighbors and merchants association (“Calle 24 San Francisco“), the San Francisco Latino Historical Society, San Francisco Heritage, and the Offices of Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor David Campos have worked together in an effort to formally designate the Calle 24 (“Veinticuatro”) Latino Cultural District.
The goal of the designation is to stabilize Latino businesses and residents threatened with displacement, preserve Calle 24 as the center of Latino culture and commerce, enhance the unique nature of Calle 24 as a special place for San Francisco’s residents and tourists, and ensure that the City of San Francisco and interested stakeholders have an opportunity to work collaboratively on a community planning process, which may result in the Designation of a Special Use District or other amendment to Planning Code.
A celebratory press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the district was held on Friday, May 23rd at Harrison and 24th streets. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign the resolution into law on Monday, June 16.