The new Bill Sorro Community apartments that opened this month is the final project - the "completion" - of the 1990 South of Market (Sixth Street) Redevelopment Area, the City's most ambitious Loma Prieta Earthquake recovery effort. It only took 27 years!
But i’m not feeling that vibe in SOMA much anymore, not with today’s generation of new arrivals. The clubs and bars are full certainly, but they feel like a package, like tourist places do, not authentic and rooted. Am i just missing it?
Will there be a Next Generation of Neighborhood Bars in SOMA to replace the last one?
I’ve spent more total hours of my life in San Francisco in the neighborhood bars/cafés of North Beach and SOMA (and some other places) than anywhere else. So I have to postulate that no place can really be a genuine Neighborhood without an honest-to-god Neighborhood Bar.
The planner/analyst in me requires a definition in order to address a topic, so here it is: a neighborhood bar/café is a modest storefront business offering beer/wine at least, if not a full bar, with a distinct personality and a core clientele of regulars from the local community and beyond who ‘hang’ and socialize there, that has been that way for at least five years – usually much longer.