La Lengua is the flat, southern-most section of the Mission and is often miscategorized as Bernal “Heights” or Noe “Valley”. It extends between 24th and 30th Streets, between Mission and Guerrero.
It is named for its tongue-like appearance and preponderance of Latin American and Mexican eating establishments.
The La Lengua Revolutionary Army (LaLeRa) recently expanded La Lengua’s northern border to 24th St, encompassing Pi Bar and Anthony’s Cookies. We are considering pushing along San Jose onward to 23rd or even 22nd for angularity’s sake (and since no one else seems to be using it).
La Lengua likes to keep a low profile to avoid hipster infestation and has thus been camoflauged by the New York Times as “having little scenic appeal” despite the ridiculous number of epic places to eat and drink.
The Chronicle recently identified it as a distinct neighborhood, but sadly tried to call it “San Jose Guerrero.” Because that rolls off the tongue (haha).
Wait, shouldn’t It Be Called SoCha?
La Lengua? Love it. That’s a great name for a neighborhood sub section. Better yet, it says “No, we’re not trying to be like NYC because this is San Franfuckingcisco and we don’t need to try to do anything, asshole” (in Spanish, of course).
And then there was that whole SFGate SoCha debacle, especially comical since the new Walgreens would technically be in NoCha <sigh>.
Note that I do like SoCha the coffee shop, but that does not yield toponomynistic precedent.
Wait, isn’t it Bernal Heights?
Look up in the sky! It’s Bernal. Yes, up. “Heights”. There you go.
Outer Mission! Outer Mission!
I understand the logic, but sorry, no. Outer Mission = the area along Mission between Geneva Avenue and Alemany Boulevard to Daly City. And does anyone really say Inner Mission? I mean, they changed the name to Shotwell’s for a reason, no?