"Neighbourhoods" Other NEIGHBORHOODS Tip by zChris

Other NEIGHBORHOODS, San Francisco: 33 reviews and 36 photos

  Mission District
by zChris

Favorite thing: Take the time to experience the city's <b>amazingly unique and interesting neighbourhoods</b>. From the colourful Latino flavour of the Mission District (pictured) to the Gay Rights roots of the Castro and the leftist counterculture of the Haight, each of San Francisco's districts exhibits a different and captivating energy. It is necessary, however, to not treat the neighbourhoods of the city like sections of a theme park. The Haight is not 'Hippieworld' and North Beach is not 'Italian Land'. These neighbourhoods have residents and subcharacters distinct from the underlying 'theme' often applied to them by tourists. Treating the city's residential areas as 'cultural concepts' to be 'experienced' will retrieve ill-thought about one's touristic intentions from locals at best and verbal assault at worst. While it is necessary to experience the 'real' San Francisco by venturing beyond the tourist dives, these portions of the city are neither acclimatised to visitors nor desirous of putting on a show for those attempting to 'experience' them. These are people's lives one is encountering, and it is best to treat them with anthropological observance rather than camera-clicking and pointing feverishly.

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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