This is in a café near the Mission District in San Francisco. The past few years have seen sustained tech-worker colonization. He’s nice-looking, in his early 50s, with shaggy hair and tinted glasses.A series of strange and unsettling fires in the Mission District have people wondering: Are the city’s landlords using arson to drive out low-income tenants? The Mission has been a refuge for immigrants and low-income San Franciscans ever since the Spanish founded Mission Dolores in 1776.And is this the deadly endgame of gentrification and tech-boom greed? I ’m sitting by the fireplace, as I told him I would be. It’s also been gentrifying for ages—but never like this.Some of those early Chinese immigrants began referring to San Francisco as “Gold Mountain,” and, just as fortune seekers hurried west across the country to hunt gold, so too did Chinese immigrants come into the Bay seeking new lives.As one of the most accessible mainland North American ports, San Francisco’s Chinese population grew steadily to become what it is today.You can also download San Francisco Chinatown Self Guided Tour as a pdf.Or, check out a video of a walk through Chinatown, and see many of the sights that you’ll be visiting on your own trip!
While there are several distinct Chinese neighborhoods in San Francisco, the oldest and largest Chinatown lies in the heart of downtown.In the land of sky-high real estate and restaurant entrées, deals are hard to find.But thanks to the city's expert on all things cheap, Johnny Hayes of the wildly popular site SFFun Cheap.com, we've tracked down a list of things to do that are free or cost or less.Property prices have skyrocketed, and something strange and terrible has started happening: a spate of mysterious fires.There were 45 of them in 20, displacing 198 people and killing three, including a child.