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How Flickr Sees The Missn

November 19, 2008

Flickr has taken geo-tagged photos and built maps of neighborhoods based on the geo-ids. Here’s the Mission:


Pretty accurate, all and all — the western edge is pretty interesting. But I’m glad to see some of the area south of Cesar Chavez recognized — sorry, no way that’s Bernal. I’d argue it’s The Mission all the way to 30th and back down San Jose/Guerrero. (SoCha? Not sure on that name though. I like “La Lengua” myself.)

I do like some of the borderland micro-hoods that Yahoo Maps names:

– Transmission (aka SoCha?)
– Baja Noe
– Mastro
– Somisspo?? (Um, OK…)

What else should be there?  Two proposals:

“El Corazón” — along 24th between Mission and Potrero, Cesar Chavez to 22nd
“Hipster Valencia” — a block either side of Valencia (say San Jose/Linda to Bartlett/San Carlos?) between 24th and 17th
“La Lengua” — Mission from Cesar Chavez to 30th, back down San Jose/Guerrero

UPDATE — a completely arbitrary map of the Mission and the above microhoods. Importantly, this includes two areas that should *not* be in the Mission.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2008 4:47 pm

    I used to live on 24th and York. My housemates and I came up with some micro-neighborhood names…St. Francis Square, Pops Valley, and Norteno Gulch.

  2. no one in particular permalink
    November 20, 2008 5:19 pm

    I’ve heard MiSoPo instead of Somisspo, which is way funnier.

  3. November 20, 2008 7:33 pm

    Somisspo? no way, it’s totally Somishtrero, everyone knows that.

  4. burritojustice permalink*
    November 20, 2008 10:33 pm

    Hahahaha, MiSoPo!!!

    When I lived in Japan, I just about fell on my kotatsu when I saw this ad with James Brown for Misoppa:

  5. Ray Greenwell permalink
    November 21, 2008 1:44 am

    SOTO – South of Townsend.
    The soulless area around the ballpark and the ucsf campus over there. I think “The palms” on 4th street has to be included even though it’s north.

  6. November 21, 2008 1:24 pm

    “The Nission.” Area of 24th st. and surrounding streets in between Church and Guererro….

  7. burritojustice permalink*
    November 21, 2008 1:58 pm

    I like that.

    Or how about the “The Notion”? (because “Noession” and “Nossion” look weird…)

  8. SFDoggy permalink
    November 22, 2008 6:16 pm

    I have heard what you call “Hipster Mission” called “The Valencia Corridor”; Of course, that was by real estate agents who were trying to increase the desirability (and price) of the places they were hawking by given them any designation other than “The Mission”. I think “Baja Noe” has a similar pedigree. Whatever you call it, there is a definitely a transition zone now between end of Noe (say Dolores St.) and the heart of the Mission (starting at Mission Street)

  9. November 22, 2008 9:01 pm

    I was defining “Hipster Valencia” purely by bicycle density rather than real estate agents, but yup — they tried the same for “Valencia Triangle” where Valencia hits at Mission south of Cesar Chavez.

    The overlap can get tricky. I’d like to figure out a way to have a “map poll” where you could select which neighborhoods you feel you are (and aren’t) in, then the magic of web 2.0 will generate a heat map. I think the “not-map” would be the most interesting.

  10. RebelGirl permalink
    November 25, 2008 6:20 pm

    I like La Lengua, but my coinage is TriBeCha (triangle below Chavez). It’s fun to say, *and* it makes fun of New York. What could be better?

  11. December 2, 2008 6:18 pm

    My friends and I simply call the La Lengua/TriBeCha area SoCeCha (South of Cesar Chavez)

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