Culturally, ethnically and socially diverse, the North Panhandle is an eclectic neighborhood also known as NOPA. This neighborhood is surrounded by Golden Gate Park, the University of San Francisco, and the University of California Medical Center and located in the geographical center of the city. NOPA residents have their choice of walking, biking, busing, or driving to work and/or the many surrounding recreational activities. Victorian style homes and condos here are generally updated or recently remodeled before entering the market. The North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association is very active within the community, and becoming a member is a great way to get involved and meet neighbors. The weather tends to be less foggy in NOPA than the neighborhoods found farther to the west. In the past few years the commercial stretch on Divisadero, at the eastern boarder of the neighborhood, has blossomed with new restaurants and shops.