“Miles O’Reilly is a man who cannot look at ugliness. He changed the neighborhood overnight.”
"We are not trying to be like Chestnut or Union, though we do want people to come here and feel safe. We are just kind of about cleaning up our act. We want a fruit stand, and we'll take a Starbucks, too."
- The Polk Gulch Saloon, a renowned place for drag queens and transsexuals, is now the chic Lush Lounge, which serves bright-colored cocktails and caters to the happy-hour crowd.
- Reflections, a place where johns were known to drink, is now a dance club called Vertigo that brings in DJs and young clubbers.
- The Hemlock, a hangout with live bands and lots of local hipsters, replaced the historic gay bar The Giraffe.
- Rendezvous, the last male hustler bar in the neighborhood, closed about six months ago, and a wine bar called SNOB opened a few doors down.
“Polk Street is one the last remaining places there has been cross-class, cross-gender and cross-sexuality, an interaction between street cultures. To see that steadily replaced by high-end destinations for partying suburbanites is really heartbreaking and intolerant.”
- Polk Gulch Cleanup Angers Some - Gentrification Pushing Out 'Hookers, Hustlers' by Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writer
- It Takes a Village to Shoot Smack by SFist