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Catholic Diocese enters Mission gentrification debate – as landlord

September 15, 2013

by Chris Roberts : sfexaminer – excerpt

A pair of small businesses on 24th Street catering to The City’s Spanish-speaking population may be on the way out in favor of another high-end restaurant. But this gentrification story has a different flavor: the landlord of the Librería San Pedro religious bookstore and the “indigenous craft shop” G.G. Tukuy is the Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco approached real estate brokers to find a new tenant for the tiny storefronts next to St. Peter’s Church at Florida Street in the spring, bilingual newspaper El Tecolote first reported.

No deal has been struck, but the notion of a religious institution sending longtime merchants packing has sparked neighborhood outrage and a campaign organized by the Lower 24th Merchants Association — slogan: “24th Street is not for sale” — to ensure that the bookstore and clothing shop stay put.

To date, more than 1,800 people have signed a petition supporting the businesses, and another 4,000 people have signed paper petitions.

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