The Islands of San Francisco
If San Francisco neighborhoods were islands, and the streets canals:
2011 UPDATE: now available as a poster!
Click to zoom. (I’ve really got to figure out a wider WordPress template.) Updated May 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 26.
Map inspired by Kyle Sluder’s SOAS (Seattle on a Sheet). Unfortunately Market St, Columbus, Mission, Geneva/Ocean and 280 make it impossible to follow Kyle’s rectilinear model, but I think it worked out rather nicely.
Man, the more I think about it, canals would be AWESOME. (Panorama, click to zoom.)
(Water images borrowed from here, lost the link to the kayak shot, v. sorry Internet.)
And don’t forget the future canals in Mona Caron’s mural at 15th and Church:
Things I learned:
- Yes, I probably left some stuff out, and yes I probably hosed the alignment of your hood. Please don’t invade the Mission, just let me know in the comments.
- SWSF has a ton of little neighborhoods that I am barely aware about, never mind know the borders of – I guess Republicans like tiny neighborhoods?
- Ingleside is a bit of a mystery – you seem to be non-contiguous. And Merced? Do you really exist? Thinking there’s some serious consolidation opportunities down there, not familiar enough with it to make a call. I hate to use Stonestown as a neighborhood name but hey, there’s an Apple Store there.
- I really don’t know where Downtown and the Financial District start and stop. And I don’t think Embarcadero is really a neighborhood, but you know what I meant.
- I like the look of the Market, Mission, 101 and 280 canals.
- Shapes with rounded corners are a bitch to align.
- UPDATE: v2: nudged a bunch of borders, modified Silver Terrace/Bayview, added Telegraph Hill, Lone Mountain, Anza Vista, Ashbury Heights, Parnassus, Caltrain (v1 is here (if you have too much time on your hands)).
- UPDATED UPDATE: v3: modified Oceanview, Ingleside, Sunnyside, added City College (much easier to see where Ocean Ave is); added UCSF Medical Center, Mt Davidson, Stern Grove; tons of modifications around Twin Peaks (easier to see Portola canal), adjusted Laguna Honda hood vs lake (WTF?), shrunk Twin Peaks; shrunk down the Zoo / Lake Merced / Funston (v2 is here).
- SURPRISE SURPRISE: v4 brings us Dolores Park island, Hospital Curve, and endless tweaking of the Twin Peaks neighborhoods (v3 is here).
- FIFTH TIME’S THE CHARM: v5: adjusted Sea Cliff and Presidio Heights; bifurcated the Sunset and Richmond; once again screwed around with Mt Sutro and friends; added India Basin and adjusted Hunter’s Point; added China Basin; added Union Square; adjusted Civic Center and Tenderloin; and perhaps most controversially, I added the Tendernob. Comprehensive twitternet research has revealed that it absolutely is a neighborhood, while completely not one, sort of a wave-particle duality. It’s Schrödinger’s neighborhood. (v4 is here)
- GROWING WEAK, OXYGEN LOW: v6, good god, it just doesn’t stop. But really wasn’t happy with the area adjacent to 280 (especially the catch-all Outer Mission) so redrew it to better show Ocean and Geneva which turned out to be a HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS. Yes, I know Cayuga Terrace / Mission Terrace / Balboa Park aren’t that large but the scale gets seriously wonky in that part of the map. It just wasn’t possible to get O+G as a diagonal line. Also corrected Visitacion, re-added Merced Heights. (v5 is here)
- HAIGHT MACHINE: v7, since apparently Upper and Lower Haight don’t actually touch at Divisidero (who knew?) and there’s no clearly defined name for the DMZ between Masonic and Divis (though I am partial to SOAK — South of Oak.) So I decided to piss everyone off by flanking Buena Vista and the Panhandle as a buffer between the warring tribes. And while I was at it, I double labeled the latter as Nopa just to further annoy those who don’t like the name. (For the record I am suspect of Nopa, but a) people know where it is and b) this is after all a map. (But I refuse to InterCap it.)) Added Clarendon Heights; also lots of tweaks to Cole Valley; and Parnassus, WTF, are you trying to circle Cole Valley? You stay up on the hill, I am calling your lower section Ashbury Heights until someone bitches about it. (v6 is here)
- INDUSTRIAL ZONE, WESTERN SUBTRACTION: v8 – Sunday Streets taught me there’s a big difference between Silver Terrace, Bayview and my inelegantly moniker “Industrial Zone” (between 280 and 101). Also modified Western Addition, and unfortunately included Lower Pac Heights (ugh, what a stupid name, but people know where it is, sigh…) Western Addition is a tricky one because of historical significance — once vast, at this point is it seems more of an overlay of AV, Fillmore, JT, HV, AS, and Nopa? So do we start doing islands within lakes within islands? (v7 is here)
- BUTCHERTOWN, ISLAIS LANDING: v9 – The warehouse/industrial area between 101 and 280 doesn’t really have a name but I’m hard pressed to call it Bayview since it’s not residential. 80 years ago it was the marshy outlet of Islais Creek, and the adjacent area near 3rd was called Butchertown.
So using the powers vested in me by this blog, I hereby declare the area as Islais Landing / Butchertown (because let’s face it, Butchertown is too cool a name to waste). Also widened the blue border to make it more sea-like, and added a title. Appended ‘Hill’ to Potrero, and added Holly Park because a) I like it, and b) it seems different than Bernal. (v8 is here)
- DIVISIDATION: v10, per recommendation of natives, flipped Western Addition and the Anza Vista/Fillmore/Japantown row. But as previously noted, that whole area is tough to do since Western Addition is both an overlay (Van Ness to Divis) as well as a container for other historical areas (Fillmore) and trendihoods. Sadly my efforts at drawing an archipelago of Fillmore-AV-JT-HV-AS in Lake Addition have failed. (v9 is here)
- POSTER TIME: St. Mary’s and a few tweaks. Do go and Zazzle yourself a poster here.