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Scott Weiner is anti- tenant and pro republican, pro developer

Over the last few days, Weiner’s PR team has been hard at work getting as much positive press about the Weiner in the media in an attempt to bury the story about him getting his anti-historic preservation bill through the Board of  Supervisors, that will amongst other things make it very very difficult now to get the Gay Historic Corridor approved for The Folsom District. He knows it is going to look bad to his very gay district when people find out that instead of working on behalf of his constituents to preserve what is left of the iconic Folsom, he has been working with the developers and moneyed elite to raze the area for expensive condos for non-San Franciscans working in the sector to move in and displace residents who have lived here for decades.

Why is he doing this? No one can be sure but clearly he is getting something out of the deal, probably financial backing. So he is motivated by greed and homophobic. Great- a homophobic self loathing gay man in Harvey Milk‘s old seat. So to hide this from the public, almost daily for the last week, his office has been releasing to the press cute little stories about how he is pro-dog, pro-tamale lady , pro -trees,  etc. But if you really want to see what he is all about, slow down next time you drive past Dolores and Market and realize that in that spot Weiner and the other  corrupt cronies in City Hall pushed through a nine story condo complex with only .5 parking spaces per unit. Then to make matters worse, they have gotten Whole Foods to go into the bottom floor and this un-needed store will only have about 25 parking spaces available to it. If this scenario is not bad enough, unbelievably, one lane of traffic will be removed from that block in either direction, to widen the sidewalks. In case you have never noticed the sidewalks on Dolores have always been wide enough to drive two cars on them side by side. Apparently, Whole Foods, who is run by a Republican man in Texas, wants sidewalk seating.

Weiner and company says that they want to get people out of their cars. Thats a joke, building a Whole Foods, encourages people to drive to the neighborhood, It will block traffic coming up Duboce and block Market Street while people wait to turn onto the one lane left on Dolores for a valet to park their SUV in one of the 25 spaces. They will have to do that because there won’t be much parking left in the neighborhood now. If they really wanted to get people out of cars, why not remove the asphalt over the existing street car tracks on Dolores and run Street Cars again up that once beautiful Street as it was originally designed? Scott Weiner needs to be exposed for what he really is.

A tool for the developers.


What the preservation vote says about the 2012 supervisors

05.10.12 – 7:27 pm | Tim Redmond |




UPDATE: Important update at the end of this story

What does it mean that a historic preservation law favored by developers and promoted by Sup. Scott Wiener passed the Board of Supervisors 8-3? Maybe nothing. Historic preservation is a strange poliltical issue, favored by some of the wealthy white homeowner types who love pretty buildings (and aren’t so good on other issues), and this thing was sold as a way to help low-income people and affordable housing. But the reality is that the Wiener measure will make it harder to declare historic districts, and thuswill take away a tool that the left can use to stop uncontrolled commercial development. And remember: The affordable housing community wasn’t pushing this bill, and, for the most part, hasn’t had problems with historic preservation. The most progressive political club in the city, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, came out strongly against the measure and urged Sup. Christina Olague, a co-sponsor, to oppose it:


We are extremely troubled that you appear to be buying into the flawed, bogus and self-serving arguments by SPUR and other supporters of this legislation that historic preservation is classist and leads to gentrification, interferes with the production of affordable housing and is a tool of San Francisco’s elite.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

There was a way to address the issues of low-income people in historic districts without making it harder to block inappropropriate development, but Wiener’s bill went much further. And while I respect Scott Wiener and find him accessible and straightforward, and I agree with him on some issues, he isn’t someone whose basic agenda promotes the interests of tenants or low-income people. His supporters are much more among the landlord class and the downtown folks. The San Francisco Chronicle, which is a conservative paper on economic and development issues, loved the legislation.

So what happened when this got to the Board? Only three people — the ones the Chron calls “the stalwart left flank of the Board” — voted no.

John Avalos, David Campos and Eric Mar. They are now the solid left flank, the ones who can be counted on to do the right thing on almost every issue. Once upon a time, there were six solid left votes. Now there are three.

What does this mean for the other key issues coming up, including CPMC, 8 Washington, and the city budget? Maybe nothing. As I say, this issue is complicated. Olague told me, for example, that she’s really worried about working-class people who can’t afford to comply with the increased regulations that come with historic districts. Her vote doesn’t mean she’s dropped out of the progressive camp, or that she (or Sups. Jane Kim and David Chiu) can’t be counted on in the future. I really want to believe that this was just an aberration, a vote where I’ll look back in the fall and say: Okay, we disagreed on that one, but nobody’s perfect.

Still, it’s kind of depressing: The dependable progressive vote is down to three.

UPDATE/CORRECTION: I didn’t know when I posted this that Olague had spoken to the Milk Club leadership after the club’s statement went out and the club has since issued a correction:

Due to a misunderstanding, Supervisor Christine Olague’s position on the Historic Preservation Commission’s critical role in the life of San Franicsco was misrepresented in our weekly newsletter. Supervisor Olague is looking into ways to help continue Historic District status for the Queer community, the Filipino community in the South of Market area, and the Japantown area. She is specifically looking for wording that would help these plans remain viable and welcomes any questions on her position and on her plan. Our apologies to the Supervisor for this unfortunate mistake.



“And while I respect Scott Wiener….”

Why? What is there to “respect” about Scott Wiener? Mr Anti-Homeless. Mr Sit-lie. Mr Anti-Naked Guys. Mr SFPD/FBI spying on SF resident. (That’s the short list). What has he done to EARN your respect or do you just respect someone because they have a title and hold a position? Or is this “respect” you talk about something you feel the need to say so he would agree to future interviews with you?

No one should be surprised by this vote, if one has been paying attention to see what is happening nationally and locally. I and others saw this coming and said so on this site previously. I’m surprised the vote wasn’t 11-0. It seems that that Wiener guy gets whatever he wants. That people just bow down to him and eat ass while he’s unofficially running for mayor.

You see what “pushing to the left” does? It goes in the *opposite* direction as it has done at the national level. I also said that Olague would ignore the “push to the left” letter from the Milk Club. Apparently she did.

A “progressive” camp? Dreaming. A thing of the past, unfortunately.

Due to gentrification, the city seem to be very quickly changing into a city for the wealthy.

The wealthy = conservative/right-wing (usually).

Posted by Guest on May. 10, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

the blue states mostly affluent while the red states are mostly poor?

Seems things are the exact opposite of your claim.

But there is no particular reason why SF should be extremely left-wing either. Most SF’ers I’ve met are moderate politically, so a Mayor like Lee and a BofS with six moderates is well representative of the majority.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:09 am

Quote: If the “wealthy = conservative/right-wing” then why are the blue states mostly affluent while the red states are mostly poor? End Quote

Well that’s not true. Texas, for example, is very wealthy and it’s fire red. Your statement is a rather blanket ignorant statement, as per usual. It really depends upon where one lives. The few wealthy people I know are quite right-wing/conservative and some of them live right next to poor areas.

You and others like to constantly hide behind the word “moderate” because it sounds tamer, less offensive, but these politicians are not “moderates.” The word “moderate” is newspeak. Intended to deceive and hide the real agenda of the politician. Make the politician appear less rabid. There’s nothing “moderate” about hating the homeless and allowing the SFPD/FBI to spy on SF residents, as examples. That’s draconian. During the sit-lie campaign, the right-wing/conservatives were foaming at the mouth with their necks red writing the most hateful posts about the homeless on message forums. The same for the topics of bicycles/cyclists and immigration. Comments full of right-wing hate written by people charading as “moderates.”

Most SF’ers I’ve met are liberal politically and can’t stand the “moderate” lie/deception that you and others continually promote for your right-wing agenda. I guess you think if you speak the lie enough times, people will believe it.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

Well, most SF’ers voted for lee over Avalos, and reduced the liberal flank on the BofS from six to three. So I suppose it depends on what you mean by “liberal”.

The evidence shows that most SF’ers are moderate. Your circle of acquantances may well not be representative of the majority.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

“Well, most SF’ers voted for lee over Avalos”


You thrive on being ignorant and putting out disinformation, don’t you?

The fact is most SF’ers did not vote at all for anyone because nearly 60% of the registered voters (i.e. most SF’ers) did not vote for Lee, Avalos or anyone.

The turnout for that election was 42.47%, meaning most SF’ers did not vote so “we” don’t know what they are…liberal or conservative. You just like to assume they are one of you: right-wing/conservative hiding behind the little passive, mealy-mouthed, wet-doily word “moderate.” Why are you and other right-wing nut jobs/conservatives so afraid to come out of the closet and be (and say) who you really are?

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

If you don’t vote, you aren’t counted.

But there is no evidence the non-voters would have voted differently anyway.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

Your too lazy to vote you have no right to bitch because the mess is your problem for not voting…

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:16 am

I am so sick of this BS. Sure the turn out was in the 40’s same as the last few mayoral elections. Lee pretty handily won the election. Get over it.

Posted by Dnative on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

I’m also tired of that sophmoric stupidity. A voter is defined as someone who votes and, as Dnative just said, Lee’s turnout numbers were basically in line with other Mayoral elections.

It doesn’t mean that the guy is going to stop, he obviously isn’t very bright. We’re just going to have to ignore him.

Posted by Steroidal Progressive on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

“Get over it.”

How mature. Coming from the resident immature troll that tells the BG to mature while the childish troll whines and whines about them and others (while accusing others of whining). Trolls never look inward at themselves.

The only people I’ve ever heard use that childish “get over it” by-line is the right-wing. Not surprising. It was used on some of us when we protested the stolen 2000 election. At the time, we responded: Adults do not “get over” the stealing of “democracy”/elections regardless of which candidate “wins.” “Get over it” has been used ever since by the right-wing when the left challenges their sloppy language and half-truths and distortions of the truth to promote their right-wing agenda of deception. To the right-wing mierda, the ends justify the means. They have no ethics or character whatsoever. Do whatever you have to do to be “victorious.” Put out as many lies as necessary. The facts don’t matter to them. It’s all about their right-wing agenda. Who else uses “get over it?” Right-wing Scalia:

Read: Scalia Lies About Bush V. Gore – Tells Crowd To ‘Get Over It’

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

Even after all the practice you’ve had.

Learn how to lose with dignity.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

Still think you need to get over it.

Trying to draw a comparison between lee’s election and Bush’s first is just futile.

Posted by D. native on May. 11, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

I love how the left pulls this argument out when their guy (and it’s always a boy) loses, but when their guy wins (and come on, it’s always a boy) they put a blanket on ranked choice and turnout.

any way you cut it, Avalos got his ass seriously kicked. The fact that so many people were not motivated to vote means they either don’t care or approve of the status “City Family” quo. Whether that’s a good thing or not is a different subject. The numbers do not lie – Avalos lost, the progressives have lost power at the Board, and the Guardian endorsed candidates lost big time in 2010. Who’s out of touch NOW?

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 7:56 am

you are happy with the status quo and, since that was Lee, indicates that if anything the non-voters liked Lee even more than the actual voters.

And since Avalos clearly had no chance anyway, many Lee supporters knew they could safely stay at home.

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 8:47 am

you obviously don’t have the homeless pissing in your doorway everyday or you would feel different about them too, even on any mildly warm day and all you smell downtown is piss..

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:12 am

To Red State Guest,
If what you say is true, then why are all the red state Republicans among the richest in the country with absolutely no pulse of their own red states, ie, Mitt Romney?

Furthermore, again, if what you say is true, then why are none of their budget policies aimed at these low-income communities? Instead it’s saving Big Bank, Big Oil, Big Alcohol, Big Pharma, Big Military, Big (you name it).

Then, there is the Civil War and classism.

Your arguments are typical shallow Republican double-speak.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 8:07 am

I notice that George Soros is super right wing and I don’t see him wanting a higher inheritance tax…

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:14 am

To SF Liberals Guest,
If you believe that then you are just a naive armchair gadfly.

Lee won because he had unlimited funds through independent expenditure (IE) groups and other moneys backed by cronies like Olague who ran the Run-Ed-Run IE plus a whole mono-culture community most of which don’t represent more than 30% of the city.

Get over it, already.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

nearest rival, then you cannot simply write that off as a mere fiscal advantage. It’s a landslide that isn’t possible without very broad support.

30% of the city doesn’t explain 60% of the final vote tally. Not even close.

And calling Asians a “monoculture” is racist.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

Getting any kind of development thru the city’s processes is nightmareishly complicated, requiring reams of analysis and study, and invariably requiring specialized expediters.

Most people would argue there is already too much “control” without making things any worse.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 5:51 am

Otherwise the city’s permitting process will wipe the floor with you. Since SF demands a permit for any repair on your home exceeding $500 in value (permit required for new windows, permit required for new cabinets etc…) or for new construction you can count on paying an expediter in addition to the 10% of total construction value which the city demands as its due.

The end result of this is corruption. Everyone lies about the real cost of their new construction/remodel so they don’t have to pay, the city’s inspectors know and understand this and they in turn cruise neighborhoods looking for people doing non-permitted new carpet installs so they can nab them and fill the city’s coffers.

Posted by Troll II on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:40 am

who are already on a fat pension, happily splitting their expedition fees with their buddies at DBI.

If it’s any consolation, building inspector corruption is even worse in Oakland.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:57 am

You dont need a permit to install a carpet. What an idiot.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

mandates a permit. Read the city code.

Posted by Troll II on May. 11, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

No permit needed for carpets, or cabinets, or other non-structural, non-mechanical, non-electrical, and non-plumbing projects in the interior of a home. There are limits to what and how much can be gutted, but carpet and cabinets do not require permits.

Posted by worldbfree on May. 11, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

Trolls suck the life out of intellectual discourse by disgorging voluminous quantities of filth to obscure truth wherever they find it.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 12, 2012 @ 6:28 am

on anyone who tries to improve their home. DBI runs as a revenue operation – it’s a disgrace.

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 6:30 am

“They are now the solid left flank, the ones who can be counted on to do the right thing on almost every issue.”

Interpretation: they are the three who will read my editorials and vote consistent with my wishes.

Posted by The Commish on May. 11, 2012 @ 6:44 am

David Chiu has played a key role in saving the city from the dogma driven, bloc voting ‘Gang of Six’ that Redmond obviously misses so much. Of course, the voters helped also by rejecting the SFBG’s endorsements in favor of Jane Kim and Scott Weiner (along with Farell and Cohen).

But remember when Chiu broke with the pack to vote for Lee for Interim Mayor, and how Daly was incredulous? I think that was a key moment when someone stood up to the bullies and came away stronger for doing so. Now we still have 3 anachronisms who vote the way that they are told but we also have a moderate block who looks at each issue on its merits and vote more or less independently.

Also mentioned in the SFGate article is the fact that Peskin was lobbying for the legislation, most likely to support his own litigiousness hobbies. One thing that really needs historic preservation is Peskin’s influence.

The Board is becoming more pragmatic and independent, Peskin has been rendered harmless, the SFBG’s endorsements are a kiss of death and most of the people who read Redmond’s articles have to try and hold back the laughter.

Better days are ahead!

Posted by Troll on May. 11, 2012 @ 7:41 am

It’s like a breath of frsh air.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 7:58 am

by writing comments they think will be disturbing to others; it is their concept to attain a sense of power for themselves. But once understood for what it is, such behavior actually elicits feelings of pity towards them.

I feel sorry for you trolls.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:15 am
Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:24 am


Posted by lillicrats on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:58 am

The common definition of ‘Troll’ is indeed someone who posts on an internet board just to cause a stir. But Tim Redmond has used it repeatedly to disparage people who disagree with him, so here on SFBG it has a different meaning.

And it really does. Look at my earlier post which was filled with facts. And to @lillipublican that is something that just evokes pity. The Progressives really do have a hard time when someone disagrees with them and usually resort to tantrums.

Should tell them something, but it won’t.


Posted by Troll on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:44 am

So why would it object when others do the same?

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:54 am

So, Tim, how did we get from 6 to three?

Posted by marcos on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:46 am

Mostly it is just the inevitable evolution of demographics, which leads to a more moderate constituency.

That is part of why Tim objects to every new business and housing development – each in its own way slightly tilts the electoral demographic more to the center.

But Tim doesn’t want moderation and balance. He wants a left-wing nirvana here. But that is an increasingly out of touch ambition and, deep down inside, I think he knows that with each lost battle, the war has been lost.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:57 am

Development for itinerant tech workers and the elites is part of it.

The bulk is the nonprofit and labor core that see the world in the mirror image of Willie Brown, in that anyone who makes more than $50K has no business living in San Francisco because they are conservative.

Writing off 2/3 of the electorate is a very good way to lose elections.

Posted by marcos on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:28 am
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Man Rescued From Under F-Market Wheels: SFist

Man Rescued From Under F-Market Wheels One of Munis delightful and terrifying historic F-Market trolley cars.

fmarket_sirgious.jpgPhoto credit: Sergio Ruiz
Firefighters rescuing a man who became stuck under the wheels of an historic F-Market trolley car remind us why we should all have a healthy fear of anything on rails this morning. The victim was reportedly trying to board through the back door of the train car near Market and Seventh Streets when it started moving and struck him, causing the potential passenger to become trapped under the trolley wheels.

Rescue crews responding to the call around 10 a.m. this morning had to evacuate the trolley car before lifting it up to slide the man out. One passenger on the train told the Chronicle he heard the victim scream and the victim had “big lacerations on his leg. You could see the track marks.”

While that report makes it sound like the guy lost a limb when he was trapped under the heavy rail wheels, the man was brought to a nearby hospital with only minor injuries.[Chron]

via Man Rescued From Under F-Market Wheels: SFist.

Cyclocross: The Be-All Bike for San Francisco | 7×7

Cyclocross: The Be-All Bike for San Francisco

Cyclocross: The Be-All Bike for San FranciscoSAN Francisco bike riders are lucky. We’ve got world-class road biking in Marin, killer single track to the North and South, and gorgeous bike touring along the coast. Not to mention the miles of bike lanes in our city.

But all these various types of riding require a different type of bike. And with San Francisco-sized apartments, it’s hard to find space for your four or five types of bikes, not to mention your roommate’s four or five bikes.

Heck, I had my mountain bike dismantled and stored on top of my fridge for most of last year…that is until I traded them all in for one bike: A cyclocross.

Cyclocross may very well be the best bike you’ve never heard of, and if you’re like me, it just may change your life—or at least your riding life.

Cyclocross is a sort of hybrid bike, only a really efficient and performance-based hybrid. It has road bike geometry, knobby tires, stronger brakes and a higher bottom bracket see picture below. Basically, it’s a beefy road bike that can tackle anything San Francisco has to offer—from street potholes to park single-track.

This week, I took my new Cannondale Super X Cyclocross out for a San Francisco spin—from my house in Duboce Triangle all the way to McLaren Park in the south end. On a mountain bike, I usually rent a car or BART it to McLaren Park, because the idea of rolling six miles of streets on fatty mountain bike tires sounds brutal.

On my cross bike, with its skinny tires and light frame, I was passing most rush hour car traffic en route to the trails. When I got to the park, I was able to roll up and down the narrow trails with ease, taking in the awesome views of San Francisco from the top and barreling down the smooth packed dirt on the way down. In two hours, I’d ridden through three neighborhoods and six miles of single-track—all on one bike.

Picking a Cyclocross Bike

Bike Allowed Use of Full Lane CVC 21202, San F...

Bike Allowed Use of Full Lane CVC 21202, San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The versatility of cross bikes is what makes them so incredible—and again, so perfect for San Francisco’s terrain.

Interested in road biking and trail riding? Get a race bike (like mine, pictured above). You can put on road tires when you want to go for a strictly road ride, or keep on the knobbies for dirt and mixed riding. I’ve demoted my old road bike to my bang up city bike now and am just riding my cross bike for road and trail riding. Plus, with a bike like this, you’ll be able to race it if you choose.

Want to do touring and city riding? Get a steel cyclocross bike and pedal comfortably in the city, on some trails and tack on some panniers for weekend touring. I see people commuting every day on cyclocross and they roll over potholes and grates as easily as I rolled over roots and rocks.

This summer, I’ll be writing about some of the best trails to ride in San Francisco, and within a quick bike ride out of the city. So stay tuned for those details. For now, look at your bike collection (or lack there of) and think about having one bike to do it all.

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About Old S.F.


About Old S.F. (One our favorite sites here at ExploreSF)

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the San Francisco Public Library in any way.

This site provides an alternative way of browsing the SFPL‘s incredible San Francisco Historical
Photograph Collection
. Its goal is to help you discover the history
behind the places you see every day.

And, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even discover something about San Francisco’s rich past that you never knew before!

Where did these images come from?

The images all come from the San Francisco Public Library’s San Francisco Historical
Photograph Collection
. They were culled from many sources, including the
now-defunct San
Francisco News-Call Bulletin

The Library retains the copyright for many of these images. For details,
please read their Permissions page and FAQ.

The creators of this site did not collect or digitize any of these images
— credit for that massive undertaking belongs entirely to the

Who built this site?

The site was built by @danvdk and designed by @ravejk.Nob Hill 1896

What did this site do?

The creators of this site associated latitudes and longitudes to the images in
the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection at the San Francisco Public Library, located in the Main Branch on the 6th floor. This process is known as geocoding. Doing this
allows the images to be placed at points on a map, which enables new ways of
exploring this collection.


How were they geocoded?

The geocodes are based on two sources:

  1. Photo Subjects. All photographs in the “City Hall (old)”
    series presumably belong in the same place. We manually geocoded several
    hundred subjects.
  2. Addresses and Cross-Streets. The photo descriptions often contain
    either an address, block number or set of cross-streets. These were
    converted to coordinates using the Google
    Geocoding API

What’s the story of this project?


Several years ago, I searched for my cross-streets
on the Library’s San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection and found the
photo on the right. The image was mislabeled — the intersection in the
foreground is actually Waller and Fillmore, not Waller and Webster. Which
meant that this photo from 1945 was taken from my roof!

I put together a now-and-then
shot, but it always bothered me that the mislabeling of the image was so
crucial to my finding it. This led to the idea of putting the images on a

And now, years later, we have that map!

What fraction of the images have been geocoded?

The library’s collection contains about 40,000 images. Many of these
photographs have little geographic context (e.g. they’re portraits) and
cannot be located. In all, about 20,000 of the images could be placed on aHaight- Ashbury Hippies  during the 1967 Summer of Love San Francisco, Ca
map. We’ve geocoded about 65% of the possible images: 13,000.

How can you help?

If you’re technically minded, here’s a JSON file containing all the image
descriptions, as well as geocodes for the records on the map (including the
reason I thought they were at that location): (2MB download).
If you improve on my geocoding or do something else interesting with the data,
please share your results!

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To see this collection in person or to order reprints please come to The San Francisco Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 Telephone (415) 557-4567, email:
The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, located in the San Francisco History Center on the 6th floor, contains photographs and works on paper of San Francisco and California views from 1850 to the present. The Collection is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5 and Saturdays 10-12 & 1-5

More about the collection

Explore the Library’s Geocoded Images On Old S.F.!

Two Construction Workers on the Golden Gate Bridge


Two construction workers on the Golden Gate Bridge

September 18, 1935
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About the Photo Collection

Photo Collection

The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection contains photographs and works on papers of San Francisco and California scenes ranging from 1850 to the present. This collection includes views of San Francisco street scenes, buildings, and neighborhoods, as well as photographs of famous San Francisco personalities. The collection consists mostly of the photo morgue of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin, a daily newspaper, ranging from 1920s to 1965. The collection also contains albums, slides, postcards, cabinet cards, stereoviews, and lantern slides of San Francisco and California subjects.

Copies of images may be ordered with the Reproduction of Images Form (PDF 31K). Many of the photographs are available for commercial use when a Permission to Publish Form (PDF 40K) has been submitted.

The collection may be viewed in two ways: through the online database on the San Francisco Public Library website, which contains 40,000 digitized images from the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, or in person during photo desk open hours.

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Looking up in the atrium of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When viewing the collection in person, only a limited number of photographs may be examined at one time. Library users will be provided with gloves to wear while examining the photographs. The photographs are to be handled by the edges only and held securely on two sides. The following items are not to be used in contact with the photographs: pressure sensitive tapes, all types of glues, paper clips, elastic bands, staples, pins, pens or pencils. Photocopying of photographs is harmful to the image and is not allowed. Photographs may be reproduced through a photo lab of the Library’s choice, through the Library scanning service or through a scheduled photo shoot. See Order Images for details.

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Memories of Riding Muni – Market Street Railway


Memories of Riding Muni – Market Street Railway.


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San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest
Chinese community outside Asia. Since its establishment in the 1840s, it has been
highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants
to the United States and North America. Popularly known as a “city-within-a-city”,
it has developed its own government, traditions, over 300 restaurants, and as
many shops. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world,
filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades.


The reality of Chinatown is that there are two Chinatowns: One belongs to the locals, the
other charms the tourists. They overlap and dance with each other, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. At Explore San Francisco, we show you the city as a
local, so we will indeed take you to the touristy area but we will also escort you into the alleys and side streets where the residents lead their lives, usually unseen by most tourists.
The whole district smells delightfully of incense and green tea, and one feels as if they
are in Asia. Street musicians will be encountered playing the erhu, a two string instrument
similar to a violin or fiddle. They often perform traditional American songs from the early
20th century or late 19th century, many are songs their forefathers learned while building the railroads. At Portsmouth square, groups of people practice tai chi, while elderly men play elephant chess sometimes attracting throngs of spectators. We are going to see the sights and enjoy delicious food, sip exotic teas in a gourmet tea shop and we’ll have dimsum at the oldest Chinese bakery in the U.S. We’ll watch cookies being made at a fortune cookie factory. We’ll even go to a Buddhist Temple. These are not things that you would find on your own.

Chinatown in San Francisco

Chinatown, San Francisco, CA


Visitors to Chinatown expect something they won’t find anywhere else. They expect to be stunned and enchanted and stuffed with great food. And they will. Customers of Explore SF expect to see the city as locals. And they will. We will show you the Chinatown that tourists rarely see, the alleys and side streets of Chinatown, this is where the locals do their daily business, leading their daily lives, which is afterall, the real Chinatown.

Cost: $69
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Chinatown, Cable Cars, Old St. Mary's

Chinatown, Cable Cars, Old St. Mary's

We also offer:
Chinatown-North Beach at Night!


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San Francisco’s first neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart
and soul of vibrant San Francisco. This culinary journey is so wonderfully
vast that we have split the Mission District into two tours:

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San Francisco’s first neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart
and soul of vibrant San Francisco. You’ve shopped at Union Square. You’ve eaten crab Louis on Fisherman’s Wharf and had pot stickers in Chinatown. You’ve strolled through North Beach and ridden halfway to the stars on a little cable car. These are all perfectly pleasant ways to spend time in San Francisco, but they’re not the end of the story. They’re not even the beginning. San Francisco’s very first neighborhood—the sprawling, gritty, and sunny Mission District—is all but unknown to visitors. It was here, in 1776, that Spanish padres founded a mission, and it is here, today, that you will find the city’s most exciting and surprising cultural mix.

The Mission has always been relatively affordable, and it’s become a magnet for young people, actors, painters, dancers, and restaurateurs. They’ve brought with them great food and chic bistros. They’ve opened tiny, gorgeous boutiques, quirky political bookstores,and sizzling nightspots. They’ve founded cutting-edge theaters.  Although not as famous as their Telegraph Hill relatives, The Mission District is also home to one of San Francisco’s famed wild Parrot flocks. The Mission boasts many design firms, organic co-ops, women’s co-ops, beautiful churches, a pirate radio station or two, artist co-ops, galleries, independent booksellers, many independent manufacturers including  a couple bicycle factories, a motorcycle manufacturer, a backpack company, a brewery and a huge internet porn studio for http://www. which is housed in the Armory, 200,000 square foot former military complex that looks like a Moorish castle. But most San Franciscans especially love this neighborhood for the weather, Dolores Park and the food.

It’s time to give the Mission a try…


This culinary journey is so wonderfully vast that we have split
The Mission District into two tours:


The Mission North Tour
The Inner Mission neighborhood of Mission Dolores has a thriving core
centered at 16th and Valencia and that is where this tour is begins. This
tour’s last stop is The Mision San Francisco de Asis. (1776)

The Mission South Tour is a buffet of a street known as 24th Street,
the heart of the Mission. This tour will ends at the Precita Arts Murals Ctr.
Both tours are equally deliious and enjoyable. Bart stations are located in
both neighborhoods. If it’s too hard to choose, we recommend
doing both tours!


Mission Food Tours


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The Mission North Tour The Mission South Tour




Dolores Park


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San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, Mission District, San Francisco. 1979 opened women's cultural center. Famous mural. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mission District, San Francisco, USA









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