Category Archives: Mid-Market

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

“Courthouse” (2014)

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Mid-Market 2014

Last summer, I photographed a series of bird’s-eye views of the central city, which I am just now getting around to processing and editing. Rather than wait until they are all finished, I will post them in small batches as I go, starting with these.

Central City

“Central City” (2014)

Market and Taylor

“Market and Taylor” (2014)

Central Market

“Central Market” (2014)

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Evolution

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Source: California State Library

Old City Hall, circa 1900.

San Francisco’s urban fabric has undergone many changes since I first began documenting the central city back in 2003. Signs removed, buildings razed; much has simply disappeared. Soon, even more will vanish. With this in mind, I have reviewed my old material to see just how much of it needs to be updated. Unsurprisingly, there is much to be done, for not only has the City changed, but my writing and photography have also evolved. For starters, I have completely rewritten and expanded my piece about Marshall Square. I hope you enjoy it.

City Hall

“City Hall” (2011)

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Interview

Nuala Walters interviewed me for Hoodline last week, and you can read the results right here.

Hoodline recently teamed up with the Central City Extra to cover midtown San Francisco. Expect good things to come of this collaboration.

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