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"?
[ Photo by Matt Jalbert from Exuberance.com ]