Night and the City, and Oh! what a City!

There was a party last night in the old Hibernia Bank. It was a night of mystery and glamour. As with any event like this in San Francisco, the contrast between what was going on inside, and what life is like outside the bank, was sharp and bittersweet. The occasion was the 20th anniversary of…

San Francisco Retains a Little Magic, a Lot of Changes, and Loads of History

This summer has gone by fast, and I’ve made the most of it in the evenings after work. Wandering by the railroad tracks, up Townsend Street, past the ball park, I’ve walked many different routes. Looking around and exploring, taking the streetcar along the Embarcadero, catching the transbay bus in the newly reopened Transbay Terminal….

The Salesforce Tower Bus-Powered Fountain

The fountain is activated by the buses moving along the roadway on the bus platform level below. The transit center was closed for almost a year, while they fixed the cracked steel beams and made it safe again for transit riders. The fountain is up on the roof, bordering the public park. I took a…

SOMA Photowalk

SOMA has changed, whole blocks are new, yet some of the flavor I like to find there survives. And some new life is changing this city once again. I suppose I should get used to that, but I would rather walk the streets looking for glimpses of my past there. Even if it wasn’t all…

A New Way of Looking at an Old Stomping Ground

SOMA, San Francisco, March 2019 A new job in a different part of San Francisco has me taking many photos on the way to work. And it has me remembering what this part of town looked like in my early twenties, circa 1989 to 1995ish. Things change, but the memory of what was there stays…

The Tragic Transit Palace

It’s closed down due to cracks in the support beams, but it was nice while it lasted. And that was only about a month or so after it opened in August. With a lovely lobby and a light show. And lots of great space with wide screen destination information display, and tile floors that depict…