Some years ago, I moved to San Francisco. When I was shopping for an apartment there, I learned that neighborhoods seemed to be very important for people’s identity. For example, some people identified themselves with living in The Haight-Ashbury, others to The Castro, and the “hip, techie” people were proud of living in Noe Valley.
The neighborhood where one lived seemed to be very important for society. To my surprise, I used to get comments like: “Ooh, you’re looking in The Haight-Ashbury? Wow!”