Do you live in the city? If so the BART seems unnecessary (and costly). There are several bus lines that go there, but I usually just take the MUNI lightrail to Church Station and then walk down and take a left at 18th (Valencia is straight ahead). You'll walk right by bi-rite creamery, the best ice cream in the city. If you have a BART pass and for some reason have to take it, the area is a little sketch, but not as much as hysterical people make it out to be. I've been there dozens of times without problems. Just dress cool, it's hotter there than anywhere else, and leave the valuables at home. Go to Dolores park in the next ten minutes and you can see tye San Francisco Mime Troupe performing. Yep I do! Very close to Powell St. Nah no BART pass... Guess I'll do the MUNI thing. Can't beat $2 for a round trip! And yeah the way people were describing the station, it sounded like someone dies there every day lol. I assumed it was much worse than the Tenderloin. I won't be around Dolores Park in the next 10 minutes, but I think I'll go to those stores in about an hour or so!