There are plenty of ways to divide, organize, and group all of the various neighborhoods of San Francisco. There is also plenty of disagreement about what specific areas should be called, what makes a neighborhood, and what is just ridiculous marketing fluff!
For example, we’ve got the folks at Burrito Justice pushing a neighborhood area they call La Lengua, while the suit and ties down at SFAR aren’t likely to include it on an MLS neighborhood map anytime soon. The folks at Uptown Almanac tipped me off to an awesome study done by some students at Berkeley that seeks to:
The Visualizing Mental Maps of San Francisco project taps into San Francisco residents’ perceptions of the city and its neighborhoods, which aren’t always reflected in the geography of a street map. The first part of the project was a qualitative investigation in which we interviewed residents and asked them to draw pictures of their internal images or “mental maps” of the neighborhoods they lived in and of San Francisco. The second part was the creation of visualizations informed by the qualitative research, resulting in this atlas of mental maps.
I’ve spent a few hours digging through the visualizing mental maps of San Francisco website and absolutely love seeing the city through the eyes of other people. Its a fascinating reminder of what a different city SF is to different people. Which is one of the many things that I love about SF!
Be sure to check out the Story Maps, Deadzones and Corridors, Orientations, and the Gallery section. Awww, seriously, it’s the day before Memorial Day weekend – take some time and explore the whole website! It’s awesome, and whatever work you should be doing can always wait until Tuesday, right?