The best boroughs of San Francisco

May 1, 2019

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San Francisco is home to several iconic and transcendent neighborhoods.

San Francisco is a charming and popular vacation destination for travelers from around the world. Renowned for its active city life, innovation, and architecture, San Francisco lives up to its stimulated reputation.

While San Francisco is typically known for its history, like Alcatraz, and attractions, like The Fisherman’s Warf, the bustling city also has many well known, but less punctuated neighborhoods around the town.

1. Little Italy- North Beach

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Little Italy has an inviting and rich culture backed by generationally perfected cuisine.

Big urban centers, particularly those that began on the coasts in America tend to have their own neighborhoods dedicated to the home countries of immigrants that came here. As generations have continued to flourish, these districts have become unique in not only their commitment to the traditions of their origins but have spun some of the greatest innovations to their heritage.

Little Italy is a warm, slow, and welcoming section of an otherwise fast-paced city. Little Italy is in the northeast area of San Francisco and is near Chinatown and Russian Hill. The neighborhood has a park frequented by dog owners, Frisbee throwers, and sunbathers alike to get out of the winds of the shoreline and just enjoy the sun. It also has a large range of Italian restaurants with one in particular, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, which hosts a margarita pizza of international acclaim that is only sold at a selective amount on certain days.

2. Haight-Ashbury

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Haight-Ashbury is well known for its propelling of hippie culture in to the masses.

Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco that is most well known for being the origin of the hippie counter culture in America. The culture touted drug use and new forms of music to create a social experiment that swept the world. Music festivals from the area helped propel local musicians into national popularity like Grateful Dead and the Holding Company. A cafe turned comedy center in Haight also gave a home and some help to some of comedy’s most well-known names, like Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg.

These days you can still see the remnants of the counter culture that swept through the neighborhood holding strong. Amoeba Music, founded there in 1990, is one of the largest US independent music stores.It keeps nearly 100,000 cds instore, even making it through the cd slump of the early 2000’s with its sales and trades on vinyls.

3. Chinatown

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Chinatown offers a wide range of food, shops, and entertainment that are unique to the area.

The oldest and one of the largest Chinatown’s in existence finds its home in San Francisco. Originally founded in 1848, the area provided early entry to many Chinese immigrants amongst a gold rush and a rising population and economy in California. The Chinatown in San Francisco even outpaces the Golden Gate Bridge in the amount of visitors that drop in annually.

Grant Avenue runs the length of Chinatown and is filled with ornate and statement lights and decor strung across and around the entire street. The mesmerizing and lively urban landscape shows the history of the generations who have lived there and the culture that has enriched the area. The Chinatown is a dynamic area of San Francisco that gives way to an epicenter of good food and great art.

About the Contributors
Emma Rasmussen, Journalist

Emma Rasmussen is a senior at Sartell High School. She has an affinity for the arts, such as writing and painting. Her favorite musicians are Elton John,...

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