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  1. richard permalink
    May 27, 2009 5:42 pm

    “The Stub”

    my neighborhood valencia @ mccoppin boundaries market street to the north, freeway to the west, and mission to the south. home of 4 pot clubs one massage parlour, the infamous Zeitgeist, Martuni,and soon to be built skate parkunder the freeway

  2. May 28, 2009 11:50 am

    I think a skate park gets you instant Mission Membership.

    I like “The Stub” — kind of the opposite of La Lengua!

    Or about “La Culata”? Culata = butt of a gun, butt is opposite the tongue, sort of. (I think tail is ‘cola’ but that doesn’t sound nearly as interesting.)

  3. October 13, 2009 11:57 am

    south side of Mission St., 16th – 19th Streets, should be called “Mental Ward.” and the inmates are running the asylum!

    • October 23, 2011 10:49 pm

      there is no south side

  4. scericsf permalink
    October 13, 2009 4:01 pm

    I live by Harrison and Mariposa. Heard some people call it NEMIZ. NorthEast Mission Industrial Zone. True or made up?

    • October 23, 2011 10:48 pm


  5. November 2, 2009 10:53 pm

    I’m at 26th and Guerrero. We call it The Envy or L’Envy for meaning “East Noe Valley.” Cool, right:)

  6. Amy permalink
    December 13, 2009 9:34 pm

    I live at 26th and York. I refer to it as the suburbs of the Mission.

  7. Norbot permalink
    December 30, 2009 11:50 am

    16th & S. Van Ness and surrounding block = “The Litterbox”

  8. Mastro Resident permalink
    January 25, 2010 1:01 am

    Shouldn’t Dolores Park be split the other way? i.e. Gay Beach ought to be part of the Mastro and Hipster Slope/Hill ought to be part of Hipster Valencia.

  9. January 25, 2010 1:11 am

    Er, isn’t GB on the western edge, and hipster beach on the southern edge?

    Though a J-curve that hugged the southern edge for a bit, rather than a straight SW-NE line, would probably be more appropriate.

  10. Dave Dennison permalink
    January 25, 2010 1:55 am

    18th St. Between Dolores and Guerrero is the Bi-Reich.
    Storefront after storefront is engulfed locally, sustainably and organically.
    Bi-Rite Condiment Emporium coming in Fall 2010. Start waiting in line now.

  11. January 25, 2010 3:52 am

    “Bi-Reich” is hot. Very hot. Going to tag that on Tartine somewhere.
    Hand on heart….i love this ‘hood.

  12. finneganswake permalink
    January 20, 2011 12:38 pm

    I live on Anza Heights (29th Ave and Anza)

  13. January 20, 2011 1:19 pm

    Years ago my sister used to live at 16th and S. Van Ness in the Mission. She and her roommates referred to the area around the BART stop as “The Litter-box” because of the pungent urine smell on warm days. Unfortunately, the name is still appropriate.

    • October 23, 2011 11:23 pm

      pission, covers the whole neighborhood

  14. beb0p permalink
    January 20, 2011 4:40 pm

    East of Potrero Ave, north of 20th st, not part of Mission; that’s Potrero Hill.

    • January 20, 2011 6:50 pm

      Incorrect! Before 101, yes. Now, not so much. Viva Mishospo!

  15. Drew permalink
    January 20, 2011 6:18 pm

    The area you labeled “Mastro” many Castro folks call the “TransMission.”

    • October 23, 2013 6:38 pm

      “Mastro” made it to Apple’s map of the area on iOS 6+

  16. Friar permalink
    January 23, 2011 12:57 pm

    Would love to see some version of this in a poster!

  17. Localboy permalink
    January 24, 2011 5:55 pm

    24th St. from Mission to Potreo is called Baja 24 as in lower 24th. Named by the local 24th St. Merchant and Neighbors Association.

  18. BernalCutParent permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:43 pm

    San Jose from Randall to the GP Bart Station is called the “Bernal Cut,” but I call it Bernal Glen because it’s so hard to explain to people this area that is where Noe, Glen Park and Bernal all intersect. Also, many are not aware that the streets College, Richland, Park, Highland all cross over Mission to the west side and often are confused – taxis, pizza, etc.

    I’m not on the hill, but I am on the mission side of the cut, so, I am technically in Bernal, Campos is my District Supervisor but my child’s neighborhood school as assigned by SFUSD is Glen Park E.

    Glen Park’s side of the cut is nicer than the Bernal side, that’s for sure. When you drive it next time, check it out.

  19. Maury Bund permalink
    June 30, 2011 6:25 pm

    East Slope Bernal Hill just above Cesar Chavez…..The Beasties

  20. July 19, 2011 5:25 pm


    I must dispute your designation of “Baja Noe” on your map. I live at 30th & Sanchez, in what is actually Baja Noe. This micro-hood is defined by the short commercial strip on Church from about 27th down to 30th. I’d draw the boundaries at 30th on the south and 27th on the north, and Castro on the west and San Jose on the east.

    Farther south/uphill is Glen Park. Farther west is Diamond Heights. North is Noe Valley proper, of course. East is, La Lengua, of course. (The Nission? Sorry, it’s not catching on. Give it to Baja Noe.)

    What you’re calling Baja Noe might be “baja” in the sense that it’s downhill from the main 24th St. commercial strip of Noe Valley. The *real* Baja Noe, however, (i.e., my Baja Noe) is “baja” in the sense of being to the south of 24th St.

    Complicating this issue considerably is the fact that old timers will often refer to this part of Noe Valley as “Upper Noe Valley”. The rec center at Sanchez & Day is in fact known as the Upper Noe Rec Center. This neighborhood is in no way “upper” in relation to Noe Valley. If you go a little farther south or west you start going uphill pretty severely, but then you’re quickly out of Noe Valley by any definition.

    Thank you for your continued contributions to the field of micro-geo-demographics and San Francisciana.


    • October 23, 2011 11:03 pm

      When the Schooner was on 26th and Valencia they claimed they were located in “Baja Noe Valley”. Fit in with the nautical theme and we’ll just say things were different then.

  21. lingster permalink
    August 23, 2011 11:58 am

    I live right on Valencia, at Cunningham, (btwn 19th and 20th) and am in the habit of telling folks I live at the corner of Hip and Grime.

  22. Michael permalink
    August 23, 2011 12:00 pm

    23rd St. to 20th St., from Mission St. to Potrero, is micro-hood that straddles El Corazon and El Tonayense Flats, and is know as “The Neutral Zone” because it separates the gang members of the Nortenos from the Suernos.

    • October 24, 2011 9:51 pm


  23. September 21, 2011 8:22 am

    Good friends who have lived at Guerrero & Clinton Park for decades have always referred to their ‘hood as “the Transmission” (and their house as “the clutch”).

    Always seemed exceedingly fitting to me for its in-between-ness of the Mission and Castro…

  24. gorgypooh permalink
    October 5, 2011 10:11 am

    It’s just called “The Mission,” all of it. Get over it, or get out. As a matter of fact, don’t bother getting over it. Just get out.

    • October 28, 2011 1:46 pm

      You need to move, both out of the Mission and off the Internet.

  25. October 24, 2011 7:24 am

    Don’t forget Royal Gate — Hoff/Wiese on the West, 15th on the North, Capp on the East, and 18th on the South.

  26. Hoodboy permalink
    October 24, 2011 2:14 pm

    During the invasion, realtors began giving names to certain parts of the Mission to sell their properties. It was done not to use the word “Mission District” The Mission District runs from Potrero Ave to Dolores St. from Cesar Chavez to Duboce (13th Street).
    The Mission was named after Mission Dolores

  27. davinatorsf permalink
    October 24, 2011 5:48 pm

    When I lived by Franklin Square, we called it “The Missionero”, not MiSoPo.

  28. October 28, 2011 12:48 pm

    I think I’ve seen reference to the eastern edge of the Mission, especially the part east of Potrero by the hospital, being called Potrero Flats.

  29. October 28, 2011 1:18 pm

    Hi! I’m Steph! I just opened a Thirft/Vintage store on 29th&Mission called 31 RAX. There’s been some confusion on whether or not I’m ‘Bernal Heights’ or in the ‘Mission’. I found out about La Lengua and would like some clarity :)

    • October 28, 2011 1:40 pm

      Greetings Stephanie, and welcome. Complex treaty negotiations between Bernalwood and La Lengua have lead to the declaration of Mission St as the “Liminal Zone” open to all denizens and netizens.

      The treaty text is available for your perusal (in both Spanish and English).

  30. Trevino permalink
    June 19, 2012 9:57 am

    My guess is that most of you are hipsters, recent immigrants from Iowa, Kansas, Texas, and such. And as such, you have no business trying to name anything in this city, which was settled and named long before your grandma was born. What a bunch of dorks!

  31. Trevino permalink
    June 19, 2012 10:05 am

    Yes, I agree. Totally.

  32. MissTickle permalink
    October 22, 2013 8:59 pm

    We call our hood (the first two blocks south of Cesar Chavez between Mission and Harrison, centered around Precita Park) Bernal Flats.

    • MissTickle permalink
      October 22, 2013 9:00 pm

      aka Precita Valley

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