Calle 24, San Francisco's Latino cultural corridor
It is a space that seeks to preserve the Latino heritage in the Golden City.
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Calle 24 is located in the center of San Francisco's Mission District and is known for having the highest concentration of Latino murals and businesses in the city.
Among the myriad of options are specialty stores, restaurants, taquerias, Mexican bakeries, fresh produce stores, butcher shops, coffee shops and art galleries.
"24th Street is the largest Latino cultural corridor in San Francisco, so it's beautiful to come here and learn about the history," said Roberto Y. Hernandez, general director of Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Américas (CANA) to ABC 7.
The street also hosts different Latino events throughout the year such as Carnaval, Dia de los Muertos, Baile en La Calle, the Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival, and Fiesta de las Américas.
How did the Latin movement in Calle 24 start?
On the official website of Calle 24 (formerly The Lower 24th Street Merchants and Neighbors Association), leaders explain that the space began in 1999 as a grassroots organization formed by community members in the Mission District.
At that time, a group of long-time residents, merchants, service providers and arts organizations were concerned about quality of life issues in the community and were looking for a way to preserve Latino customs with their different ethnic backgrounds, genders, lifestyles and economic statuses.
"Especially because we were going through a time of gentrification, and that's why we didn't want to lose the identity, the soul, the heart of the Mission District," Hernandez told ABC 7.
Today, Calle 24 is a volunteer organization with diverse members representing merchants, residents, property owners, nonprofit service organizations, families and artists in the area.
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