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The Mission is a colorful, youthful district filled with good cheap eats, locavore restaurants, legendary coffee roasters and more than 400 murals. The neighborhood gets its name from the Spanish outpost Mission Dolores, around which the original town of San Francisco grew. Today the neighborhood is ethnically and economically diverse, with hipsters and techies putting down roots alongside working-class families. On sunny days Dolores Park becomes packed with suntanners, Frisbee-tossers, protesters and picnickers. Two of the best ice cream shops in the city are also in the Mission: Bi-Rite Creamery and Humphry Slocombe. Some parts of the area are sketchy, particularly around the 16th Street and 24th Street BART stations at night.