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For Me, It’s Not…

“It’s no longer The City. It’s not the fog-lined streets Herb Caen described as a woman putting on her slip and sneaking out in the pre-dawn shadows of Sunday morning. It’s not the foghorn quieting conversation over cocktail hour. It’s not finding comfort in all the similarly octagon-tiled bathroom floors of Pacific Heights.” (Pridgen/DPBSports)

My City That Was...

Having lived in “The City” for three years after spending significant time there throughout two decades preceding, the idea of moving back occasionally crosses my mind.  Then when I read articles such as this quoted above, I’m reminded that my occasional idea is not exactly a good one, sadly enough.  While there seem to be more ways that ever to say “it’s not,” perhaps the hardest one of all, personally speaking, is to say:  “It’s not for me (in more ways than it is).”

But then, change comes to everyone and everything, as fortunately and unfortunately very little remains the same forever.  On that note, check with me in five years for an update to my thoughts on living in San Francisco.  That change might come sooner than we think.

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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in And That's My Opinion, San Francisco


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The City, Made Easy.

Attractive visual summaries are always welcome.  This one of San Francisco proves quite helpful, not only for wandering tourists, but no doubt for more than a few of us who live here.  While I always knew my home was pretty much dead center, with this I now know what really to call– and not to call– my neighborhood.  It is indeed, unequivocally, Corona Heights.

A welcome reality of San Francisco shines, the fact that each area carries its own distinct characteristics.  A medley of adjacent “villages” of varying size and shape come together to form the larger city, which itself of course is not terribly large.  I recommend enjoying several pieces of the puzzle, as I always do.

Where are you, and where would you like to go?  Here it is, made easy.

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in San Francisco


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No Manhattan?

Date-specific history always captures my attention, especially through photography.  As such, the San Francisco Chronicle did the capturing this morning, with this 1971 photo of the Transamerica Pyramid under construction.

As it looked in 1971.

This is the first time I’ve seen this excellent photo.  I’ll admit that until now I could not have told you off the top of my head exactly when the Transamerica Pyramid was built, though I would have guessed (and correctly so) that it’s a contemporary of the World Trade and John Hancock Centers.  Is it any coincidence that “The Towering Inferno,” set in San Francisco, commenced production in 1973?

Fittingly enough, today’s Chronicle piece discusses the now-almost-40-year-old so-called “Manhattanization scare” that rattled at least some factions of San Francisco.  Suffice to say, the article concludes with the seemingly intended-to-comfort reminder that “San Francisco did not turn into Manhattan.”

Perhaps my recent and succinct description of my new home city is inaccurate.  For months now, I’ve been referring to San Francisco as “a mini Manhattan with hills.”  Apparently, as I’ve just now come to learn, more than a few people would beg to differ.

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Posted by on December 26, 2010 in History, News


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