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S.F. Neighborhoods Change Names to Map Out New Identity

San Francisco still may be only about 47 square miles, but that doesn’t mean the city’s neighborhoods aren’t growing. In numbers, anyway.

Through the combined efforts of local real estate agents and residents eager to stake out their own patch of the city, the neighborhoods and districts that have defined San Francisco for generations are being trimmed and tailored into ever smaller, buyer-friendly niche communities.

NoPa. Somisspo. TenderNob, Little Russia and Lower Pacific Heights are just a few of the names in the real estate listings that can baffle longtime city residents.

“Lower Pacific Heights is the Fillmore,” said John Freeman, a retired public-school teacher who now writes about the city’s history. “It’s the way the game gets played in a process driven by real estate.”

Read more: San Francisco Chronicle S.F. neighborhoods change names to map out new identity

SF Neighborhoods Change Names