Mid-Market 2014, Part 2

The revitalization, so to speak, of the mid-Market corridor was already well underway when I shot this series of photos. Cranes and construction curtains are evident in many of the images. Years after the Great White Way had faded and died, its residuum sustained the landscape’s familiarity. Now, even that is disappearing. The St. Francis Theater was demolished April 2013. Soon, everything on the north 900 block of Market, except the Warfield Building and Crest Theater (Crazy Horse), will be razed. On the south 1000 block of Market, both the Imperial Theater and Kaplan’s (remnant of the Forrest Building) are slated for demolition. The old buildings will be replaced by high-rise condominiums, a multi-level shopping mall and a purported arts center,* all quite aloof and aseptic. Too soon, I fear, I will feel like an outlander in a strange and surly domain.

*Other than Hospitality House on Market Street, there is only one center for the arts in this town that has my undying love and respect, and that is Galeria de la Raza on 24th Street.

(Reminder: all images can be enlarged with a single click.)

Gone is the Glamour

“Gone is the Glamour” (2014)

Faded Beauty

“Faded Beauty” (2014)


“Courthouse” (2014)


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4 responses to “Mid-Market 2014, Part 2

  1. Cheryl Rody

    Nobody has captured the essence of San Francisco and changes made over the years like you have, Mark. I really hope your book gets published ~ it’s a treasure house of memories and information. I often read about the changes taking place in San Francisco and it breaks my heart.

    • Honestly, what is happening to San Francisco, in particular all that has been and continues to be so carelessly thrown away and forgotten, has become well-nigh unbearable. My attempt to document what is at best a few fragments of the “historic” urban fabric leaves so much unaccounted for. I’m constantly fighting discouragement. The occasional words of appreciation and encouragement I receive from you and others are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Tanya Harjan

    Thank you so much for this. Your work is so important!

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