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San Francisco Then and Now (Then & Now Thunder Bay) Hardcover – November 10, 2009
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This book is clearly a labor of love; no doubt many, many hours were spent collecting old and new photos for comparison purposes. What the photos show is the life and growth of a city built on tough terrain. If you don't already know San Francisco is one seriously hilly environment, you'll certainly know it after viewing just a few photos. Architectural creativity is definitely on display.
Some of the photos:
Chinatown at the corner of Grant Avenue and California Street looks very much the same, with primarily tenants changing; The Bing Chong Importing Co. has turned into a food court but otherwise, the street looks virtually unchanged.
Clay Street to Nob Hill, shown in an 1872 photo, was the site of the world's first cable-car line today, the cable line is gone but still, several of the buildings and trees create the same look, though the street is now one-way, downhill.
The famously crooked Lombard Street, shown first in a 1922 photo as its many twists and turns, to accommodate drivers trying to negotiate the steep decline, were being installed. The authors note that it's not the city's crookedest street, saying that recongition belongs to Vermont Street but is not on the tourist map.
Other photos show views from the Marina District, Crissy Field, Powell Street turnaround, Palace Hotel, and Steamboat Point, the latter once a thriving shipping area.Read more ›
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Since I have tended to live where I want to be, and not where a job has sent me, I've tended to take a deep interest in the places where I've ended up. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Gryphonisle