I once had a client argue with another resident of his loft building about how safe his neighborhood (Inner Mission) was. As they were arguing this, they were looking out their window and saw a guy riding his bike get attacked and have his bike stolen. I guess that was the end of that argument.
The SF police dept. has a nifty crime mapping feature available. For today’s fun, we’ve compared arrests for drug offenses and vandalism between a 1/2 mile radius at 2nd and Brannan St. (steps from my office door) and 17th at Valencia (the Valencia corridor) for the past 30 days.
The SOMA area – incidents are the little dots (hard to see, I know)
in comparison with the Valencia corridor
That’s a lot of dots!
Neighborhoods often have "reputations" and as you can see, the crimemapper is a handy little tool to compare and contrast locations where you might be considering investing in real estate.