Change is coming to Lower 24th Street in 2014, and, this time, it’s not gentrification.
Rather, the stretch of 24th Street between Mission Street and Potrero Avenue is about to dig in and formalize its Latino roots. A community-led effort to turn Lower 24th Street into a protected cultural corridor will rev up this month.
“The cultural corridor is to preserve the culture along 24th Street around the Latino community — in order to preserve it for the future, especially now with gentrification, and also to recognize the community,” says Erick Arguello of Calle 24, the Mission-based merchants and residents association leading the campaign. The proposed Latino cultural corridor would also be called Calle 24, Spanish for “24th Street.”