nugap2 wrote:a comment in regards to the TL.
the neighborhood is rapidly changing for the better. 10 years from now, it will be a very different place. anyone who has known the area for more than a few years can verify this. in a certain sense, it is already in the midst of the same process that the mission, soma, hayes valley, lower haight, mid-divis and mid-polk areas went through over the last 10 to 15 years. it is a late bloomer due to complexities of the problems it faces, however, for better or worse, it is only a matter of time before the pace of change hits a critical mass and really starts to accelerate.
in the past few years, the mid-market area and the TL have been on the top of the list as targets of city hall led revitalization. if anyone would have told me that there would be french bistro on 6th and market 5 years ago, i would have told them they were crazy. behold, it has happened. as the twitters of the world and other forward thinking companies continue to push into the centrally located and relatively cheap urban space, the neighborhood should change. although this means gentrification and all of its (negative) consequences for the neighborhood´s long-time residents, it also means a far safer and more appealing TL to the average student.
yes, this is a long term process and probably won´t do much for you in your next 3 years. however, down the road hastings and its reputation will greatly benefit from this shift as it will be able to attract a larger applicant pool and provide a higher quality of life for its students.
anyone else agree?
the best thing that can happen for the immediate neighborhood around Hastings is the completion of the federal building's renovation (the one across the tower). A bunch of federal workers + more security would do a lot to push the seedy elements a few blocks away. I believe it is set to finish in 2013/14