For Better or Worse: The Gentrification of Neighborhoods

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The Sunset Silver Lake 4111 Condos : sign of the gentrifying times.

One of our favorite neighborhoods to visit up in San Francisco is the Mission: back in the day, we used to work at 17th and Shotwell when it was very, very seedy (right behind the generic gas station and next to an alley where the crackheads used to pass out). Despite some unsavory characters here and there, we appreciated how colorful the neighborhood was. Over the years, this eclectic neighborhood has cleaned up a bit--for better and for worse. In fact, it reminded us a lot of some of LA's grittier neighborhoods losing its character in exchange for new condo buildings and live/work developments. What do you think of this exchange? Do you think it's possible for a neighborhood to retain its character and "clean up"?

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New condo buildings on 15th St. in San Francisco's Mission district. Condos reportedly range in the low $500K to $700K. Photo by Matt Jalbert of Exuberance.com.

[ Photo by Matt Jalbert from Exuberance.com ]