Fire and Smoke

Yesterday I walked out of Walgreens on Market Street and I saw the smoke I was walking into. I’d seen the smoke from the North Bay fires in Napa, Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Glen Ellen, and points between, as I rode over the Bay Bridge that morning. And on Monday, I had been able to see…

Summer of Love Trading Cards Project

There are many of these up and down Market Street this summer.  Joan Baez, a Northern Californians’ girlhood heroine–My mom bought a guitar and tried her hand at singing like Joan. I remember being very young and listening to her albums, and Mom on her guitar. I gave the guitar to a boy I had…

Pride 2017 Parade

It’s time for another Pride parade on Market Street! I can’t be there, and if you’re reading this, I guess you can’t be there either. So, here is the link to a live feed, courtesy of Channel 2 News. This is much better viewing than our President on Fox and Friends, friends!  Not to make…

Beale Street Blues

no more empty lots in South of Market San Francisco high rise buildings replaced them & more are coming soon Folsom Street ain’t what it once seemed where have all the outlaws gone

June 1st on Market Street

It’s June again! How does the year move so quickly? I captured this scene at Market and Kearney yesterday.  The rainbow flag flies near Lotta’s Fountain,  and in the background the stately Palace Hotel hovers. The Salesforce Tower stands with its head in the fog.   Even though it’s way back there in the background, the…

Thoughts on Progress

Construction is everywhere in SOMA along Howard Street, Mission Street, Folsom Street, and I’m sure I’ve left one out. It really is everywhere. Being surrounded by it has made me really get into it. A picture (or two, or three) a day documents the change in the tradition of my Grandpa Ralph. He made a…

Hints of History

You can still see the existing interior of the City of Paris department store, especially at dusk when the pillars that support the dome are illuminated. Glass and steel are fine, but the building that now houses Neiman Marcus is no match to the old classic department store that once stood on the corner of…

Goodbye to Gasser’s

Adolph Gasser’s is closing at the end of this month. I went into the store the other morning and asked them about it, and the woman behind the counter said that, thankfully, it’s not been pushed out like a lot of other San Francisco businesses have been in recent years. The owners are retiring.  My…