Sunday, August 30, 2015

San Francisco's Chinatown: 30 August 2015

I did a walk through Chinatown on Sunday morning after reading "San Francisco Chinatown, A guide to its history and architecture." The book, written by Phillip P. Choy and published in 2012 by City Lights, is well written and informative. 

"Portsmouth Square is located on the site of the first public square established in the early 19th century in the Mexican community of Yerba Buena, whose name was changed to San Francisco in 1847. During the Mexican-American War Captain John B. Montgomery of the USS Portsmouth was ordered to seize Yerba Buena. "On July 9, 1846, the first American flag was raised near the Mexican adobe custom house in the plaza that would eventually be named Portsmouth Square in honor of the ship."
"Many historical events have happened at the plaza. In 1847, the first public school in California was erected at the southwest corner of the plaza. On May 11, 1848, the discovery of gold was announced when Sam Brannan showed his gold to a crowd. On June 12, 1849, a crowd was gathered at the plaza, demanding the election of delegates at the Monterey Constitutional Convention. An assembly was organized on July 16, 1849, to fight against a lawless body 'The Hounds.' On August 29, 1850, a memorial service was held after the death of US President Zachary Taylor. The First Admission Day celebration was held October 29, 1850, when California became the 31st state of the United States. On June 1, 1852, a crowd protested against the purchase of the Jenny Lind Theatre as the city hall. On September 18, 1859, Colonel E. D. Baker delivered an oration after US Senator David C. Broderick was killed in a duel with California Chief Justice David S. Terry."
Portsmouth Square Park is located in the heart of Chinatown. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.


A view from Portsmouth Square looking west, as seen on 22 June 1851. "Near harbor in 1851 — San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Early daguerreotype. Signs visible in the image include Book and Job Printing, Louisiana, Sociedad, Drugs & Medicines Wholesale & Retail, Henry Johnson & Co, Alta California, Bella Union." 
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Below are photos that I took in Chinatown. The last photo in this group was taken close to Chinatown. It is a historic building constructed in 1858. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.



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"Constructed in 1858, this elegant brick building played a major role in the financial and entrepreneurial development of frontier San Francisco. From his offices in this building, William M. Lent, President of the Savage Mining Company, organized the financing of the Comstock Lode located in Virginia City, Nevada. The wealth created by the successful mining of the Comstock provided capital for the development of the West in the years following the Civil War. The Society of California Pioneers." The building is San Francisco Landmark #27Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
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The route. The approximate distance traveled was 4.5 miles.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

A walk in San Francisco from the Ferry Building to Cow Hollow: 29 August 2015

This was a nice 8.2 mile ramble from the Ferry Building to Lyon Street, the eastern boundary of the Presidio, on a cool and foggy Saturday morning.


This building is the location of the former Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. It was built in 1924 and is located at 400 Sansome Street. The building is no longer the location of the Federal Reserve for the Twelfth District in the United States. In 1983 the bank relocated to 101 Market Street, San Francisco. The building at 400 Sansome Street is now privately ownedClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
A Pacifico beer ad and the Transamerica Pyramid are both reaching for the skyClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
1409-21 Sacramento Street. This attractive structure appears to be a twelve unit apartment building. Located in Lower Pacific HeightsClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
This house is located in Pacific Heights on Pacific Avenue. The cross street is Broderick StreetClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.



As seen on Pacific AvenueClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
Buena Vista Park is straight ahead. It is the oldest official park in San Francisco; It was established in 1867 as Hill Park, and later renamed Buena Vista Park. The park is sited on a hill that peaks at 575 feet. From where I took this picture there are four peaks visible behind Buena Vista Park... except when the fog is as thick as pea soup! Here they are for the record: Twin Peaks (Noe Peak and Eureka Peak), Mount Davidson and Mount Sutro. This view is looking southwestClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A gracious home on Lyon Street at Pacific Avenue. The area behind the home is the eastern boundary of the PresidioClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
A flower shop on trendy Union StreetClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This is a view looking north from Pacific Avenue in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Angel Island is straight ahead and a small portion of the Tiburon Peninsula can be seen on the left side of this photo. The Marina District is visible along the bay. During the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake the part of San Francisco that received the most damage was the Marina District. The Marina District is built on mud flats. When the earthquake occurred on 17 October 1989, the mud flats liquified and a number of apartment buildings collapsed, some of which caught on fire with a loss of lives. All of the destroyed buildings have been rebuiltClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
This is the Palace of Fine Arts as seen from Broadway Street in Pacific Heights. The Palace of Fine Arts only occupied a small portion of the land used by the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. This year is the 100th anniversary of the ExpositionBelvedere Island is on the right side of this photograph and the Tiburon Peninsula is in the background. This view is looking northClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Telegraph Hill with Coit Tower on the summit, as seen from Union Street in the Russian Hill neighborhood. The view is looking eastClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of the Transamerica PyramidClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The approximate distance traveled was 8.2 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 992 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during this ramble.  Click on the image to see the full-size chart..

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Monday, August 24, 2015

San Francisco's North Beach: 24 August 2015

A ramble in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco on a cool cloudy morning.

This is the iconic and well regarded City Lights Books. It is located on Columbus Avenue; the bookstore was named a San Francisco Designated Landmark in 2001. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
La Boulange was a locally owned french bakery and coffee shop... until 2012 when Starbucks purchase the company for 100 million dollars. In June 2015 Starbucks announced that it will close all 23 retail outlets. What a dreadful decision, 745 people will be out of jobs and a beloved San Francisco coffee house will be gone. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Fireman's Memorial statue; it is sited in Washington Square Park, which is  located about 1/4 mile from Telegraph Hill, upon which Coit Tower stands on the summit. The statement on the base of the statue: "To Commemorate The Volunteer Fire Department of San Francisco 1849-1866. Erected 1933 By Bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit." Ms. Hitchcock Coit, who died in 1929, also bequest Coit Tower to San Francisco in 1933. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The route. The approximate distance traveled was 7.6 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 603 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
The graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A walk from the 16th Street/Mission BART Statio to the West Portal Muni Metro Station: 20 August 2015

I started this ramble at the16th Street Mission BART Station. I walked through the Mission District and the Noe Valley neighborhood, among others, and finally arrived at the West Portal Muni Metro Station. 



This building is located on Valencia Street at 16th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
"La Loma Produce #14" is located in the Inner Mission on 16th Street at Julian Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This grand house is located in the Noe Valley neighborhood at Dolores Street and 25th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This is 1249 Dolores Street, it is located in the Noe Valley neighborhood. The cross street is Clipper Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
There is a plaque on the outside of the house which proclaims that the structure was built in 1884. The house is located at 1325 Dolores Street, between Cesar Chavez Street and 26th Street in the Noe Valley neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
San Francisco has many alleyways located in many parts of the city. The majority of the alleyways were constructed when the primary method of transportation within the city consisted of horse-drawn vehicles. My thought is that the alleyways were designed to provide easy access to backyards, which could provide a dry safe shelter for horses, if necessary. The official name of this 15-foot wide alleyway is Quane Street; it is located in the Noe Valley neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The approximate distance traveled was 6.7 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 796 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered in this ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”-Dorothea Lange

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

San Francisco's Mission District & Bernal Heights Park: 19 August 2015

The sky was foggy and overcast on Wednesday; a cool wind was blowing. Another beautiful day in San Francisco.



This photo was taken in the Mission District at 22nd Street and Valencia Street.
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This is a view of Bernal Heights Park. The view is looking southeast from Valencia Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Looking at some documents at a cafe on 25th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Mission District is known for its graffiti, amongst other things. This is an example. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This is the colorful entryway to the Mission Community Pool. The pool was constructed in 1916, and is located on 19th Street between Linda Street and Valencia Street. The pool and the adjacent playground are a part of San Francisco Recreation and ParksClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
La Taqueria. The burritos are great. The joint is always busy, so trying to find a place to sit down and eat the food can be a problem. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A lady is feeding the pigeons at Mission Street and 18th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This is a view of a major freeway interchange as seen from Bernal Height Park. US Route 101 and Interstate 280 meet, do a little dance together, and then go back to their separate ways. Bayview Park occupies the center of the image. This view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of Twin Peaks is visible in the distance; Sutro Tower is partially shrouded by the fog. The photo was taken from Bernal Height Park; the view is looking northwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This is the western entry to the Dogpatch/Miller Memorial Garden. Evelyn brought my attention to a website which identified 16 little known gardens in San Francisco. Thanks, and a tip of my hat, Evelyn! I decided to scope out the Dogpatch/Miller Memorial Garden. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

A mixed use apartment building located at 20th Street and Valencia Street. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
On the west side of Valencia Street is Dog Eared Books. I took this photo at about a quarter to 10 in the morning. An employee of the book store is sweeping the sidewalk in front of the store before opening for customers. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The distance traveled was approximately 5.8 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 586 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.

A graph of the elevation changes encountered in the ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”-Dorothea Lange

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