Three Blocks

Monday, October 27th

This is a day like any other in my regular pursuit of happiness.  Clearly it’s not a San Francisco moment as I’m travelling for work but it’s a day in the journey.  My things are in San Francisco and I pay rent there… which frustrates me…

San Francisco spreads over 49 square miles and is built on 43 hills.  But anyone who lives there knows that only a small portion of that space matters… Further, one can quickly assess your “type” by where you live within those 49 square miles.  My address sits on the cusp of two neighborhoods.  Walk three blocks to the west and you’re in Lower Pacific Heights.  Walk three to the east and you’re in Russian Hill.  Both are considered “good” neighborhoods in the minds of local.  Of course, walk three blocks north and you’re in the Marina (Stone scoffs at this area as “it’s filled with the ‘Bridge and Tunnel’ crowd at night”).

This three block concept is very San Francisco.  Despite it’s relatively small land size and population of approximately 800,000 people, the city boasts 107 unique neighborhoods!!  To compare, Atlanta is 132 square miles and has 57 distinct neighborhoods.  Denver is 155 square miles and contains 92 neighborhoods.  Dallas is 385 square miles and maintains 139 neighborhoods.

Here is the unofficial list of San Francisco neighborhoods:

1 Alamo Square
2 Anza Vista
3 Ashbury Heights
4 Balboa Park
5 Balboa Terrace
6 Bayview
7 Bernal Heights
8 Buena Vista
9 Castro
10 Cathedral Hill
11 Cayuga Terrace
12 China Basin
13 Chinatown
14 Civic Center
15 Clarendon Heights
16 Cole Valley
17 Corona Heights
18 Cow Hollow
19 Crocker-Amazon
20 Diamond Heights
21 Dogpatch
22 Dolores Heights
23 Duboce Triangle
24 Embarcadero
25 Eureka Valley
26 Excelsior
27 Fillmore
28 Financial District
29 Fisherman’s Wharf
30 Forest Hill
31 Forest Knolls
32 French Quarter (Belden Place)
33 Glen Park
34 Golden Gate Heights
35 Haight-Ashbury
36 Hayes Valley
37 Hunters Point
38 India Basin
39 Ingleside
40 Ingleside Terraces
41 Inner Sunset
42 Islais Creek
43 Jackson Square
44 Japantown
45 Jordan Park
46 Laguna Honda
47 Lake
48 Lakeside
49 Laurel Heights
50 Little Hollywood
51 Little Russia
52 Little Saigon
53 Lone Mountain
54 Lower Haight
55 Lower Pacific Heights
56 Lower Nob Hill
57 Marina District
58 Merced Heights
59 Merced Manor
60 Midtown Terrace
61 Miraloma Park
62 Mission Bay
63 Mission District
64 Mission Dolores
65 Mission Terrace
66 Mount Davidson
67 Nob Hill
68 Noe Valley
69 North Beach
70 NoPA (North of the Panhandle)
71 Oceanview
72 Outer Mission
73 Pacific Heights
74 Park Merced
75 Parkside
76 Polk Gulch
77 Portola
78 Portola Place
79 Potrero Hill
80 Presidio
81 Presidio Heights
82 Richmond District
83 Rincon Hill
84 Russian Hill
85 Saint Francis Wood
86 Sea Cliff
87 Sherwood Forest
88 Silver Terrace
89 South Beach
90 South of Market
91 South Park
92 Sunnyside
93 Sunnydale
94 Sunset District
95 Telegraph Hill
96 Tenderloin
97 Treasure Island
98 Twin Peaks
99 Union Square
100 University Mound
101 Upper Market
102 Visitacion Valley
103 Vista del Mar
104 West Portal
105 Western Addition
106 Westwood Highlands
107 Westwood Park