Several weeks ago Erudite Partner joined a group of her students from the University of San Francisco on a tour of the 'hood. Shaping San Francisco, a "participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco" leads walking tours in the neighborhoods; USF arranged to make several of these available to students to help them appreciate where they live and study.
The student group included a few young white people, at least one African American, others of various Asian origins, some from Latin families, and EP who has lived in the Mission over 30 years. They walked much of 24th Street, then along Mission St., and north on Valencia, viewing murals and listening to their guide recount the history of the area they were seeing.
Along the way they were accosted by a middle aged man shouting: "Go away, go back where you came from! The Mission belongs to Latinos."
EP reports the students were taken aback, but also had learned enough from the tour to have some idea why they were intruders.
I wonder whether tourists organized on package "Journeys" by Airbnb will understand why natives in the 'hood may consider them unwelcome interlopers.
The neighborhood web-based news outlet, Mission Local, reports via Next Web that Airbnb has plans for us:
The tourists might indeed want to dress down to try to avoid hostile encounters. According to the description,
The news site Mission Local emphasizes that it is "completely unaffiliated with Airbnb and the Journeys service."