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Eight hours in San Francisco's mission district

Eight Hours in San Francisco’s Mission District

Guide / Things to Do in San Francisco’s Mission District

Concerned by gentrification in San Francisco’s downtown Mission District, the city’s government debated an emergency 45-day moratorium on new construction earlier this month. The reason? To give breathing space to decide how to rescue this historic Latino enclave from being engulfed by latte-sipping, tech-working hipsters.

There’s nothing unique about the Mission — from Brooklyn to Brixton gentrification debates are being waged across the world. There is also nothing new about it; the New York Times was writing about “new people, people who have money… moving in [and] altering life for everyone” way back in 1999.

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California wine country tour

Eight Hours in Wine Country – San Francisco to Sonoma / Napa Wine Tour

Review – Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

As I write this I am sitting with a cool flannel on my head and my fourth coffee of the morning steaming by my side. Why? Because I spent yesterday’s holiday (it was Memorial Day here in the USA) touring Northern California’s valleys and consuming my body weight in wine.

Like me, you’ll probably have a few preconceived ideas of what a wine country tour is like: likely fairly sedate, enjoyed by a sophisticated older crowd and probably involving quite a bit of spitting perfectly good wine into a glorified metal buckets.

It turns out not all wine tours are like that.

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