Historically the Mission district has provided comparatively inexpensive access to many immigrants new to the City. At 7.9 miles long, Mission Street is the longest (and one of the oldest) in the City. It follows the original road which joined the village of Yerba Buena (San Francisco's original name) to the Mission Dolores. A portion of it, a toll way, was planked with wood, starting at 3rd street.
The Mission has some of the best weather in the City, located in a "sun belt". In recent years the area has become alive with numerous new condo/loft buildings.
Mission Dolores, the strip along Dolores Street and bordering Dolores Park is now a vital neighborhood with a lively nightlife, popular with the tech community.
Local icons include: Bi Rite, The Creamery, Delfinas, Dolores Park Cafe and Tartines.
It all started here when Father Francisco Palou chose this location to found the Mission San Francisco de Asis on June 29, 1776.