Richmond District, San Francisco

The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco, California, developed initially in the late 19th century. It is sometimes confused with Richmond, a city northeast of San Francisco.
The Richmond is in many ways defined by its relation to the parks; bordered by Golden Gate Park on the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Lincoln Park, Land's End, Mountain Lake Park and the Presidio of San Francisco to the north, bisected by the Presidio Greenbelt and with the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge in full and clear view, the neighborhood, which is otherwise a simple but far-reaching grid, has a feeling of being encapsulated by nature. It is thus known as a safe, peaceful, serene, family neighborhood, and one of the city's largest as a whole, both in terms of housing stock and population.
Many Chinese Americans live in the Richmond District. Its commercial strips on Geary Blvd. and Clement Street are sometimes called the second Chinatown. The Richmond has more highly-rated Chinese restaurants than the "official" Chinatown in SF.
The Richmond also has deep Irish and Russian roots and has many Catholic and Orthodox churches.
The district was given its name by Australian immigrant and art dealer George Turner Marsh, one of the neighborhood's earliest residents, who called his home "the Richmond House" after Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. In 1917, the district was legally named "Park-Presidio District", chosen to avoid confusion between the district and the city of Richmond right across the bay. In spite of the official change, virtually every San Franciscan continued to use the old name.
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  • On my Hop On Hop Off tour, part of the tour goes through the Richmond District of San Francisco. It is on the west side of the city. Richmond District is located amongst the parks of San Francisco.....  more »
  • Lots and lots of people live here so it is a neighborhood full of neighborhood institutions. Lots of ethnic restaurants. Some blocks are very upscale.  more »

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