My corner in history

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I moved a month ago, September 1, to a new corner in San Francisco. In two years here, I’ve lived in the Mission, in Noe Valley, in Bernal Heights, in Pacific Heights, and now in Hayes Valley. The picture above is my corner, as photographed by the Google Street View car in April 2011.

Courtesy of OldSF, here’s a photo of the same corner (same angle!) from 1929:

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Look at the stairs, across the street on the left side, and how they match with the current construction. And across the street on the right, the building now obscured by a tree but just the same.

Even more exciting to me, from the same site, is the photo from a year earlier, in 1928:

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A horse, right there on the street! And look, on this side of the street, on the left, the building is under construction.

San Francisco’s got a lot of interesting history for a relatively new place. It’s nice to feel like I’m part of it.

Published by Parker Higgins

I'm the Director of Special Projects at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and previously led copyright activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I live and work in Brooklyn, New York. more »