Map by Danya Al-Saleh For a larger version of the map click here.

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.

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  1. This map is interesting, but the map, as well as the article, implies that cupcakes are marks of gentrification. This may be true in some instances, but decades-old family-owned places like La Victoria (my personal favorite) and Dominguez Bakery are hardly gentrifiers.

  2. You know why that map sucks? Because those places listed aren’t really cupcake specialists. I’m extremely disappointed. I just got my hopes up for a cupcake crawl.

  3. Do you have a link to the actual map?
    This map is hard to read (other than the colors)


    1. Hi Dahlia,

      There’s a caption right underneath the map with a link to the pdf, which is much larger and easy to read.

      Hope this helps.


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