6.0 out of 10

Starr King Way, Civic Center

Ranked 8th best street in Civic Center
37.7849074661149 -122.423766878176
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"An essential connector"

On the border of Japan Town and somewhere between the Tenderloin and Western Addition lies Starr King Way which connects Geary Blvd to O'Farrell where Geary Blvd suddenly becomes a one way street. Every time I take the connector I always feel like I am getting lost until it drops me safely onto Franklin @ O'Farrell. Not the greatest place for your car to break down, but not completely unsafe. It's a necessary route if you are coming from across town.

Nearby church is St. Mary's Cathedral located on Gough at the top of Starr King.
  • A necessary route when getting across town
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

"Named after a Minister"

Thomas Starr King was the first minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, who's building takes up pretty much the entirety of this street. Coincidence? I think not. The street runs diagonally and connects Geary Blvd to O'Farrel, two streets that are parallel to each other. On the other side from the Unitarian Universalist Society is another church, Lutheran I think, that is really beautiful. Both buildings have been around for a while and have some pretty neat architecture.

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