My to 10 "untouched" favorite spots in San Francisco

Joe Fitz Rodriquez, a reporter our city should be proud of, yesterday published an article in the San Francisco Examiner about his favorite spots in the city that had retained their rich character.

Screenshot from Joe Fitz Rodriguez article in the San Francisco Examiner

He asked us: “Where do you go for a gentrification oasis?

It got me thinking, so I’ve put together my top 10:

  1. Masonic and 17th: One can look down toward the Haight and see the University of San Francisco and the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  2. The real “curviest street” in San Francisco: Vermont and 20th Street. Very few people know about this.
  3. The corner of 20th and Church looking down toward the center of town and the Bay Bridge; although this area has not been touched by displacement just yet, the greedy hands of the realtors are trying to change the name from the Mission to “Dolores Heights”.
  4. Of course, Balmy Alley located in the south central portion of the Inner Mission District between 24th Street and Garfield Square.
Graffiti on Balmy Alley, [source]

5. and the Mural on St. Peter’s Rectory wall…

Mural outside St Patrick’s Rectory [source:]

6. Again, the Bay Bridge because it reminds me of my father and his family as they crossed it with thousands of other working people in a line of cars that spanned all the way to San Jose and up a small highway that is now Interstate 880. This was when it was first opened in 1939 and my father was 10yrs old. He and his family were in their two door Chevrolet with a rumble seat and all their belongings were tied up to the roof of the car, including their mattress. They worked in the fields and slept where the evening would catch them. I also love the Bay Bridge because I feel like I’m flying in among the big buildings, particularly when I’m on AC Transit or a Greyhound bus.

Bay Bridge at sunset [source]

7. Another of my all time favorites is the statue of the Father of the Mexican Republic, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, in the center of Dolores Park. It reminds me of the generations of workers it took to get that statue there and how our community has been making a difference in this area since before 1776, particularly in the early part of last century.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, source: Wally Gobetz Flickr


8. The entrance on to the Great Highway from Highway 35 across from Lake Merced, where the ocean waves greet you as the enter the City.

9. The mural in the City Lights Bookstore facing Vesuvios in North Beach.

Mural at the City Lights Bookstore [source: Jason Higbie Flickr]

10. The sunrise from 18th and Connecticut in Potrero Hill.

And that’s just for starters!

What are your favorite spots in the city that have kept their character amidst the sweeping changes?

As Mayor of San Francisco I will bring the wisdom of each of these neighborhoods to City Hall.

Francisco Herrera


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