La Lengua microhood gets even more validity

More congrats to Johnny0 (aka Burrito Justice), who single-handedly named a neighborhood using only his imagination and a series of tubes. This takes some serious chops. I should know, as I was totally unsuccessful in my attempts to coin “Civic Valley“.

In the latest installment of this saga, the SF Examiner took an interest in this story and wrote it up. They declare:

So welcome to La Lengua, the Mission district-Bernal Heights microhood that needed a name. Yes, that’s right, it’s Spanish for “the Tongue,” a reference to the district’s shape, its preponderance of eateries serving tongue meat and the active imagination of the dude behind the Burrito Justice blog.

Perhaps most chilling, to me at least, was the closing line:

“I wouldn’t say it’s a hipster thing,” Johnny0 said. “I think it’s what happens when hipsters grow up and have kids … they come and live in La Lengua.”

The first time I met Johnny0, I invited him to brunch the next day. He said he was busy doing dad stuff. Then he said sorta waved his fingers in front of me and said in a spooky voice, “I am your fuuuuuture!”

This has haunted me ever since.

[via the Examiner]

22 Responses to “La Lengua microhood gets even more validity”

  1. GG says:

    Hey, I disagree! La Lengua has tons of personality. El Rio, the Knockout, Front Porch, Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack — all great, non-kid-friendly places. Don’t let its proximity to the unofficial SF stroller capital of Noe Valley give it a bad name!

  2. thuglifecrunk187 says:

    im not sure a nod from the examiner actually qualifies as validation, but this does remind us that print media is better than blogging, right?

  3. for proof of Johnny’s success, just type “San Francisco, CA” into Google Maps. then take note of what neighborhoods appear in that widest of views. Mission? nope. La Lengua? why, yes!,+ca&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=44.47475,81.914062&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=San+Francisco,+California&z=12

  4. Jim says:

    GG – Emmies and Front Porch both are very kid friendly. I wouldn’t have thought until I had a kid. They both go out of their way to serve families. Sorry!

    • stiiv says:

      Emmy’s has juice boxes. Unless hipsters are now drinking out of… omg… 4Loko juice boxes. I will now be rich.

  5. Bernalwood says:

    Vic, we are your fuuuuuuuuuttuuuure!

  6. LaLocalLoco says:

    What does kid friendly mean, btw? You have a play space like McDonalds?

  7. The “La Lengua” name seems to conflict with Pierre Valley’s turf.

  8. Jessica says:

    I’m with TBone. I’ve known this area to be considered Pierre Valley (pronounced pyair-ee) for quite some time. Sounds a lot better than “the tongue”. Here’s an article about it:

    But do a Google search and see for yourself.

  9. Lauren G says:

    P’shaw. That area is half “The Bernal Flood Plains” and half “Pierre Valley”

  10. Zzzzzhuhwhat?

    I think the Pierre Valley website says it all:

    Not Found

    Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.

    A screenshot if it mysteriously reappears.

  11. yentu says:

    I’m really not into all the micro-neighborhood renaming – it reeks of what the realtors do. But I don’t really care, except that Johnny0 has annexed where I live in THE MISSION (24th and Valencia) into La Lengua.

  12. fluffy says:

    As someone who has lived in the precise heart outer mission/lower bernal/whatever for the last three years and love the hell out of it, let me say that LA LENGUA IS A FUCKING STUPID NAME.

    • fluffy says:

      Precise heart OF. Obviously this is bugging me, as I’m dropping articles all over the place.

      (FWIW, I live right where Mission and Valencia come together – I was right across the street from the recent scary fire.)

    • Sorry you feel that way. Do feel free to call it whatever you want.

      The fact that you have to call it “precise heart outer mission/lower bernal/whatever” is telling, however.

  13. Dan from Alameda says:

    In the old days (80s!) this neighborhood was known as SOAR (south of Army).