On average 10-20 houses in the Mission catch fire every year. There is a growing sentiment that the fires are not accidents. Scrupulous landlord, tied by rent control laws, are suspected to cash in on the growing rental prices. Although Fire Department officials deny that notion, residents in the neighborhood stay suspicious.
One of the latest fires happened right around my home. A tire shop burned to the ground. The area now gets redeveloped, urging me to no longer delay making a record. I drew the damage still visible on the neighboring house. A passerby offered his opinion that I included in the drawing.
Oliver, your visual flaneur
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