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Tue Jan 29, 2013
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Let's see: the City does everything possible to attract and enable homeless, beggars, and street
peddlers who compete with major stores that pay rent, insurance, payroll, and taxes etc.. The best
of the street people create no problems at all, and may work at recycling. The worst of them use the
streets and parks as a toilet, so do their pets, they create rat infested camps, and expose others to
their disgarded IV needles.

The WOOF program is another feel good welfare program that misses the mark: too many pets remain unsterilized. It's not fair to the animals to have them born into a world where they have no
good prospect of being loved and cared for. Each day the USA kills hundreds or thousands of abandoned pets. If we want to make a difference - forced sterilization is the key.
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Wed Sep 12, 2012
Jena Beaver answered:
Like the rest of SF right now, the Haight's real estate market is hot. Homes are making it through one, maybe 2 showings, before accepting offers and offers are almost always above asking. It's an area that's highly desirable for it's shops, restaurants, and proximity to parks (Buena Vista, Panhandle, Alamo Square, Golden Gate (obviously)). I'd say that going forward, prices will continue to appreciate for all of the aforementioned reasons, but also, because several of the "tech buses" (Google, Apple, etc.) have stops in the Haight, making it desirable for those who work on the peninsula. ... more
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Sat Aug 4, 2012
Heather Fernandez answered:
If it's important to you to be near shopping & bars, then it's a great spot. My sister lived in the Haight for years, and absolutely loved it. Lower Haight puts you right at Golden Gate Park - which is amazing. Parts of upper Haight put you closer to bart and walkable to the Castro - also great. Downsides (which really depends on your perspective) are basically all the stuff that comes with a place like the Haight: sorta dirty, chaotic, bridge & tunnel on weekends, drunken merriment happening every day of the week.

If you wanted a mellower vibe, but still really close to Haight Street, you might want to consider Cole Valley. Just a few blocks away, but without the intensity. If you like the urban, all the time vibe, I agree North Beach is also a great place for you to check out.

SOMA is different -- loft living, and much lower concentration of nightlife, but easy to hop on bart. Nothing to sneeze at that you'd also have the Embarcadero & Bay right outside your window!
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Niya Yang answered:
Parking here can be really difficult, especially during meal times. Even if you have a parking permit, it will not do you much good if you can't find a place to park. Also, even during the summer, it can still be really cold and foggy (but that's typical of SF, minus the Mission), which is a shame since the area demands a nice view due to its advantageous coordinates. For people who frequent the BART, this place is not that close--you'd have to trek through a hill and a few miles before getting to 16th St. Mission BART Station. ... more
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Wed Nov 30, 2011
Niya Yang answered:
This intersection is pretty close to the N-Judah (rail line), Golden Gate Park and Buena Vista Park, Haight-Ashbury, and many local markets and stores, etc. The neighborhood is quite clean and the back of my house affords a great view of the hills of SF. This spot is smack dab in the middle of several cafes and restaurants, so you feel tucked into the community. The neighbors around are mostly students (UCSF) or families, so despite the occasional rowdy party near by, the noise level is low. ... more
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Fri Nov 18, 2011
Jena Beaver answered:
There is a slightly higher population of homelessness in the Haight so, compared to some other neighborhoods, it may be considered less safe. However, I would not at all consider the Haight a dangerous neighborhood. As long as you take common sense precautions-- lock your car, don't hang around the parks alone at night, and generally, just be mindful of your surroundings, it is a perfectly safe neighborhood. ... more
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Trulia asked:
What did you wish you knew before moving here?
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Sun Apr 13, 2008
Sally Rosenman answered:
Dear Pat,

If you are looking in 94118, you are not looking in the Haight. But to answer your question, the Haight has a good climate, public transportation runs through the middle of it, has interesting shops and restaurants, is right next to Golden Gate Park and is centrally located.

You can look in the Upper Haight - Cole Valley - Parnassus Heights area to be away from the bulk of the transients and panhandlers. I have friends who live on Page & Ashbury and love it. It just depends on how you feel about noise, bumping into people shooting up (if you live too close to Haight Street itself) and sometimes more trash.

Many people find the transient population and the church that feeds them to be a negative and won't look around Haight Street. But they will look in Cole Valley! It is really up to you to decide how you feel......

Cheers,
Sally
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