Like many urban areas, the city of San Francisco, California, is made up of distinct neighborhoods. Three of them (Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf) are close enough to share room on this street sign. These neighborhoods share space in the northeastern, or "bay" side of the San Francisco peninsula.
San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest "Chinatown" in North America. North Beach was the traditional neighborhood of Italian immigrants—"Little Italy." Fisherman's Wharf is home to the city's fishing fleet.
All three neighborhoods are major tourist destinations in San Francisco.
- San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest Chinese community outside Asia.
- The earliest Chinese immigrants to settle in the area arrived in 1848 from Guangdong Province.
- North Beach is not a beach! The area was on the coast of the San Francisco Bay until the 19th century, when massive landfills added acres to the shoreline.
- Italian immigrants settled in the area following San Francisco's 1906 earthquake. These immigrants came mostly as construction workers to help rebuild the city.
- The original fishermen of Fisherman's Wharf were immigrants (mostly Italian) who established ocean and bay fisheries during the California Gold Rush.
- One of the oldest, most profitable, and sustainable fisheries of Fisherman's Wharf is Dungeness crab. As seen in this sign, the crab has become a symbol of the entire neighborhood.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry bay Noun
body of water partially surrounded by land, usually with a wide mouth to a larger body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: bay beach Noun
narrow strip of land that lies along a body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: beach California Gold Rush Noun
(1848-1855) worldwide immigration to California following the discovery of gold.
large settlement with a high population density.
edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: coast earthquake Noun
the sudden shaking of Earth's crust caused by the release of energy along fault lines or from volcanic activity.
to form or officially organize.
industry or occupation of harvesting fish, either in the wild or through aquaculture.
person who moves to a new country or region.
site where garbage is layered with dirt and other absorbing material to prevent contamination of the surrounding land or water.
an area within a larger city or town where people live and interact with one another.
Encyclopedic Entry: neighborhood ocean Noun
large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: ocean peninsula Noun
piece of land jutting into a body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: peninsula sustainable Adjective
able to be continued at the same rate for a long period of time.
something used to represent something else.
person who travels for pleasure.
urban area Noun
developed, densely populated area where most inhabitants have nonagricultural jobs.
Encyclopedic Entry: urban area wharf Noun
structure built above or alongside a body of water, usually so boats can dock.