The pandemic devastated Hayes Valley retail and nightlife. Now, it’s a symbol of S.F.’s resurgence
Hayes Valley had more than a dozen retail and restaurant closures during the pandemic, as shutdown orders, rampant shoplifting, window break-ins and armed robberies devastated what was one of San Francisco's premier shopping and nightlife...
Used to live in Hayes. Moved to a different neighborhood during the pandemic. Without the regular foot traffic things got awfully sketchy awfully quick.
Went back last week to grab dinner and a drink. Shirtless guy was repeatedly hurling a large garbage can at the doors and windows of various houses/storefronts. Felt very nostalgic.
I don’t agree with this at all. They just lost the Walgreens on Gough. I feel this is a huge hit to the actual neighborhood. No more pharmacy- and you could get essentials when in a pinch. Nabila’s owners are amazing- and still shop there. But Hayes is not really a neighborhood right now. More just for tourists and those hitting the area for a night out. The homeless situation is pretty bad still- daily stepping over bunches of used needles and tinfoil and constantly woken up by screaming from out of control individuals. I’m not hating on anyone- life on the streets is a terrible life. But it’s not helping Hayes that the tents completely block sidewalks and push pedestrians to the street. I hope this isn’t what “a comeback” actually looks like.
I really love Hayes Valley. Finally checked out Afterwork Bar this past weekend which I really liked, sat outside and watched some sports on tv. Most of the restaurants and bars are always packed indoors and outdoors. That being said, I barely ever seen anyone inside the clothing stores or other shops.