Neighborhood boundaries may be ambiguous because neighborhoods aren't concrete objects that exist outside of a social context. Instead, neighborhoods are built around the stories we tell ourselves about places. Although stories can share common themes, different people have different perspectives.

Neighborhood stories are not only interesting, but they also influence our sense of involvement with, or alienation from, a space.

“A neighborhood is what you make it.”

Explore San Francisco guided by the thoughts and words of our interviewees. Quotes Around Town is an interactive map of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, annotated with quotes from interview participants.

San Francisco in 9 Pieces is an interactive puzzle. Put the pieces together and see the city through the eyes of a 70 year old woman who grew up in the Inner Mission.

Quotes around Town

San Francisco in 9 Pieces