This sunny neighborhood boasts a rich, multicultural history and an interesting assortment of architectural styles. Since redevelopment in the 1960s and 1970s relocated many long-term residents and saw the destruction of many Victorian structures in the area, the neighborhood has continued to evolve and reinvent itself. Today, Western Addition is trendier and more desirable than ever before, while still maintaining its reputation as a jazz lover’s haven. Almost any night of the week, a wide range of music venues—from small piano lounges to large auditoriums that attract talent from all over the world—offer a lively atmosphere and first-class entertainment.
A few blocks west, Divisadero Street draws people from across the city with its growing selection of stylish bars, galleries, coffee houses, boutiques, and gourmet grocers. Several times a year the Divisadero Merchants Association hosts community-building events such as art walks and block parties. For outdoor recreation, residents can head to Kimbell Park, Jefferson Square Park, Alamo Park, or the Hamilton Recreation Center, whose indoor pool and playground are popular with families. Western Addition also offers easy public transport, with several bus lines serving the neighborhood. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso