Do we exist?

Not according to Curbed SF, who left our fair neighborhood out of their 2010 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year competition.  Apparently they also have little regard for Cow Hollow, Balboa Park, Glen Park, The Excelsior, Haight-Ashbury, Visitacion Valley, Russian Hill, Polk Gulch, Hunters Point, Pacific Heights, and The Marina (among others).  I think we can all agree that The Marina should be left out, but I’m surprised neighborhoods like Cole Valley, Haight-Ashbury and Russian Hill didn’t make the cut.

It appears the initial 16 neighborhoods were largely chosen based on comments & e-mails sent in response to the 12/6/10 post announcing the Cup.

Apparently there aren’t many Curbed SF readers residing in Cole Valley, or maybe it’s been too quiet here, but isn’t the quiet bustle part of what makes our neighborhood so great?

Maybe we can get into a last minute wild card round?  Russian Hill vs. Cole Valley?


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6 responses to “Do we exist?

  1. As an Upper Haight/Cole Valley resident, I’m going to have to call you out on the “I think we can all agree that The Marina should be left out” comment. Not only is that comment utterly predictable, at this point, it’s also a total cliche. The Marina is a neighborhood, too, and without it, who/what would the rest of SF use to make themselves feel so ridiculously superior?

    That being said: I’m stoked for this new blog and look forward to new ideas, findings and more.

    • Ha! Thanks Daisy. I actually don’t despise The Marina as much as I’d like people to believe, it has many redeeming qualities aside from just making the rest of us feel superior.

      Thanks for reading! I appreciate the feedback, especially during this early stage of the blog.

  2. Cole Valley seems to be left out of a lot of things, always tossed into the Haight in one way or another.

    My otherwise-excellent Ork poster of SF neighborhoods ( commits this crime, putting us in Haight-Ashbury.

    Cole Valley may be just a few blocks from Haight, but it sure seems like there’s a world of difference.

  3. Belgand

    Except that Cole Valley doesn’t really exist. It’s merely the part of the Haight that decided that being part of the Haight was too downmarket. At this rate the Haight itself is going to be reduced to Haight street alone within the next decade.

    I could perhaps go as far as accepting it as a subdivision of the neighborhood (e.g. that block of shops near the N stop), but not as a full and legitimate neighborhood of its own.

  4. It’s not that Haight is downmarket, it’s that it’s not a place I’d like to live, and I love living in Cole Valley.

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