> Tuesday, March 07, 2006: SOMA Banality
It's been a while since I introduced a new San Francisco neighborhood, so... (drumroll please) introducing... South of Market - a large district located South of Market street, hence the name and hence its commonly used abbreviation: SOMA. I'm not going to hold the suspense any longer (and maybe the title of this post gave it away already anyway), but SOMA is by far my least favorite area in the city. In my opinion, it is a patchwork of architectural desolation. It's very industrial, souless, and a nightmare to drive through (one way streets, potholes that could swallow a mini cooper and the streets take a 45 degree turn as you get in the area from the north which is pretty disorienting - see map below). The area has a few pockets of interest though. When you get close to the financial district, you'll find hotels, some pretty nice stores and museums (for example, the Museum of Modern Art is there). The area also hosts over a hundred nightclubs, and about as many furniture stores, which is convenient. Even more interesting is probably the area around Folsom street and 11th street which is known as the heart of the leather and S&M scene. The city has been redeveloping this area for decades and in different ways (or with some change of plans - however you want to look at it). These days, it's working hard at making it a true neighborhood that people will enjoy living in: grocery stores, restaurants, new apartments, etc... This photo today illustrates my feelings pretty well: an attempt at making something souless more interesting. As San Francisco rock icon Janis Joplin would say: "try just a little bit harder" please.
Good sentiment (submitted on March 07, 2006)
By the way, "South of Market" used to be a great area to find cheap computer parts and repairs years ago. I only know of one such place, now, near the Metreon, that's still worth the trip. (submitted on March 07, 2006)
tomate: comments are for negative feedback too, I can take it. ;-)
kim: thanks for this story, I enjoyed reading it! It isn't the people I have a problem with at all.
Manuel (submitted on March 09, 2006)
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