The gilded rotunda of City Hall is this intersection’s most prominent landmark. It’s been the site of assassinations, protests, and landmark same-sex marriage actions. The plaza across the street alternates between a homeless encampment and the site of mass celebrations: ethnic festivals, Giants World Series broadcasts, and the Pride Parade Of The Ever-Expanding Acronym. I […]
This brick building near the Northside’s waterfront was originally a chocolate factory established by Domenico “Domingo” Ghirardelli. When the factory relocated, visionary real estate owners bought the site and transformed it into a place with unique shops and restaurants. The city declared Ghirardelli Square an official city landmark in 1965 and it was later granted […]
In San Francisco’s current incarnation where anything artisan is revered and real estate is surreal, it’s no surprise that fast food restaurants are shutting their doors here. But I still felt a wave of nostalgia when I discovered that this McDonald’s had closed.
You can live in San Francisco without a car very easily. Many of us get around taking public transit and augmenting that by walking, biking, skating, and unicycling. But unlike many other people raised exclusively in San Francisco, I actually have a driver’s license and even use it on occasion. I got my license as […]
When people think of urban wildlife in San Francisco, the most common critters are raccoons, skunks, and in recent years, coyotes. But tigers? Sure there are the infamous big cats from the San Francisco Zoo that put the lethal smackdown on some punks who harassed them. But these regal beasts can be found stalking other corners of the […]