Clarion Alley

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Clarion Alley, San Francisco, CA, USA

Clarion Alley San Francisco Reviews

worldcitizen worldcit…
84 reviews
Dec 29, 2007
The Mission is a great place to go for murals. Even Mc D's is covered with murals. Clarion Alley is a street covered with paintings (and quite a bit of graffiti). It was originally inspired by the Balmy Alley Murals and the artwork sometimes changes.

Some paintings are simply aesthetically pleasing and but most seem to have social or political messages. Many of the murals are painted on garages so there are always people who live there coming and going. It must be a little wierd to live somewhere where people are always gawking at your apartment door or garage.

The alley is between Mission and Valencia Streets and I think more impressive stuff is towards Valencia. It's a good idea to walk up and down a couple times. We walked up and down three times and each time I noticed a different painting. It's hard to resist pulling out your camera automatically, but it's nice to just enjoy it a little before snapping away.
BorderBumbler says:
Wow, I didn't now that Clarion Alley had murals ! I had moved away from SF back in late '99. Thanks for mentioning it. In the late 80's I was driving taxi for a few years which really helped me to learn about the many interesting places that even a local person might not know about. Btw, if some of you want to check out the one block stretch of murals along Balmy Alley, it's only around a 15 minute walk (almost 2 kilometers) from Clarion crossing btw the streets of 24th & 25th, as well as running parallel & in btw the streets of Folsom & Harrison. And if you're hungry, you can snack (or gorge yourself) on a usually delicious, if not hearty SF style burrito (or today's "wraps")at one of the numerous taqueria places along the way.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2011
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