So much so that writer Nicola Twilley from the Atlantic featured our map Gangs and Cupcakes in a recent post. She’s written about cupcakes and their “proliferation” before, but she’s never seen them spatially posited this way, in relation to gangs.
And Twilley makes an interesting observation, one that points to the varied comments — some positive, most speculative — we got from our readers when the map first hit the site.
“Al-Sayeh’s map is designed to draw awareness to the uncomfortable socio-cultural overlaps that occur in such transitional neighbourhoods,” she said.
In other words, it highlights different worlds, trying to figure out how this whole coexistence thing is supposed to work. We’ve found that it’s not always a walk in the park for the Mission’s residents, old and new. These are trends we’ll continue exploring and reporting on.
For its part, Burrito Justice has an interesting map called the Islands of San Francisco. A much less political look at the insular neighborhoods that make up any urban city, the map still gives us a bird’s-eye view of our small world.