Leaving San Francisco, Part One 

When I left San Francisco, I did it knowing without saying that I would this time most likely never be able to move back again. I had taken it for granted after previous moves away from the city that I could always move back when I had had enough of somewhere else and couldn’t stand…

Out on the Streets

Juxtaposed priorities on the side of a MUNI bus. San Francisco Mission Street, #14 route. Help the homeless find a home, support and offer hope. Rent apartments by the lake. Families squeezed by rising rents. Move on up to a bigger place. Can you imagine sleeping on cardboard, in a doorway, alone and in the…

Summer Scenes on Market Street 

Market Street Transit Collage, Summer 2016. The Rainbow Flag Flies High in June, 2016 as the 38 Geary Passes.  Market Street Morning Alive With Commuters, Summer 2016. Heartbreak on Market as the Streetcar Passes by, Summer 2016.

When Monstrous Towers Tilt and Sink

Millennium Tower Sinking and Tilting? What Would Grandpa Say? By now most of us have heard that the Millennium Tower  is sinking.(This is according to the Hoodline story of Monday,  August 8th. It may be that the high rise has sunk 6 inches at the base, and some predict the  total lean at the top at 16 inches, with…

A Walk Through Yerba Buena Gardens

It’s amazing what a difference it can make in your morning if you just walk a few blocks off of your normal path. I take a carpool car into the city from the East Bay, and usually walk down First Street over to Mission, then up to work across Market near Union Square. This morning…

The Unreachable City as Seen in a Dream

Poem after reading back through headlines from Hoodline and 48 Hills  over these past weeks this summer of 2016.Humor gets me through a lot these days.  Recap of last 3 month’s worth news: every place closing that we used to know new places look ugly and just built for show with all of our heads…

Crossing Market Street, Then and Now

Market Street. The great starting point for San Franciscans and visitors alike. All points lead back to Market Street, like a narrative line in a history of the city it runs up the center of. Any direction you may wish to head in, you will begin your trip at some point on Market Street.  Just…