The Richmond has many influences from the Chinese-American culture. One of its three commercial strips, Clement Street in the Inner Richmond segment, is sometimes called the second Chinatown due to the high concentration of Chinese establishments.
The Richmond is in many ways defined by its relation to the parks; the district is bordered by Golden Gate Park on the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Lincoln Park, Land's End, Mountain Lake Park and the Presidio of San Francisco to the north, bisected by the Presidio Greenbelt.
The other two commercial strips are Geary Boulevard and Balboa Street.
The Richmond also has deep Irish and Russian roots and has many Catholic and Orthodox churches.
The Richmond District was developed in the late 1800s from a tract of rolling sand dunes. The Ohlone Nation's Yelamu Tribe frequented the current-day district's coastline sites and had a settlement where the development would take place prior to this development. When Spanish explorers arrived in the late 18th century and began establishing missions with the goal of converting and displacing the Ohlone people, they were no longer permitted to use this region. Adolph Sutro was one of the area's first large-scale developers. After purchasing the Cliff House in the early 1880s, he built the Sutro Baths on the western extremity of the peninsula, near Ocean Beach.
Inner Richmond has 42,095 residents, with a median age of 37.2. Males account for 46.47 percent of the total, while females account for 53.53 percent. In Inner Richmond, US-born citizens make up 70.32 percent of the population, while non-US-born citizens make up 21.06 percent.
Muni is San Francisco's bus and metro system that operates buses, trains, cable cars, and the F-line historical streetcar around the city. Muni buses operate above ground and on streets, but Muni Metro operates on tracks and occasionally goes underground.
The Chinese-American culture has left an indelible mark on Richmond. Because of the significant concentration of Chinese establishments on one of its three commercial strips, Clement Street in the Inner Richmond portion is frequently referred to as the "second Chinatown."
Inner Richmond is a terrific mix of urban and suburban living, with the excitement of pedestrians, shops, cafés, and Irish bars, as well as calm nights, a low crime rate, and abundance of superb schools. The Presidio is to the north, and Golden Gate Park is to the south.
The Richmond is home to elementary, middle, and high schools for the San Francisco Unified School District. There are distinct attendance zones for elementary schools.
Houses of the "Marina Style" are popular in Central and Outer Richmond. The Marina design is distinguished by a sun room (a room with windows on three sides) that can only be accessible through a bedroom - effectively a bedroom inside a bedroom; and a split bathroom in which the bathtub and sink are located in a separate room from the toilet, which has its own room.
To entice purchasers with promises of enormous houses while keeping prices low, homes were built with large basements (an unusual feature in California because the weather allows for shallower foundations) with the aim that buyers could convert the basements into living space at their leisure.
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