I was at the First Republic Branch on Stockton last Friday. As I was conducting my business, I was chatting with the banker. The lady banker mentioned that she grew up in Chinatown but has since moved out and that she normally works at the FR branch on 19th and Irving. She was filling in that day for an absence in the Chinatown branch.
I asked her what she thought of the subway — and much to my surprise she said that she noticed that Chinatown is cleaner than it was back in her day — and that she continues to notice incremental changes here and there.
Granted Stockton Street is not exactly Forest Hills, but still, I was surprised to hear her say that. I did not grow up in Chinatown and therefore have a more fleeting reference.