Western Addition, San Francisco
The Western Addition is a neighborhood in San Francisco, United States. The Western Addition is located between Van Ness Avenue, the Richmond District, the Haight-Ashbury and Lower Haight neighborhoods, Pacific Heights; the Western Addition was first platted during the 1850s as a result of the Van Ness Ordinance. This large tract encompassed some 500 blocks running west from Larkin Street to Divisadero Street, creating Jefferson Square, Hamilton Square, Alamo Square, Alta Plaza, Lafayette Square; the area was used for small-scale farming. It survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake with its Victorian-style buildings intact. Today, the term Western Addition is used in two ways: to denote either the development's original geographic area or the eastern portion of the neighborhood, redeveloped in the 1950s; those who use the term in the former sense consider its boundaries to be Van Ness Avenue on the east, Masonic on the west, California Street on the north, Fell or Oak Street on the south. From there, it is divided into smaller neighborhoods such as Lower Pacific Heights, Cathedral Hill, the Fillmore, Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, Anza Vista, North Panhandle.
The San Francisco Association of Realtors defines the term more to the latter sense, treating it as "District 6D", bounded by Geary Boulevard in the north, McAllister and Fulton streets, Golden Gate Avenue on the south, Van Ness Avenue in the east, Divisadero Street on the west. By this definition, the Western Addition is synonymous with the Fillmore and Cathedral Hill neighborhoods. After the Second World War, the Western Addition — the Fillmore District — became a population base and a cultural center for San Francisco's African-American community. Since urban renewal schemes and San Francisco's changing demographics have led to major changes in the economic and ethnic makeup of the neighborhood, as the Fillmore District suffered from crime and poverty while many other districts underwent significant gentrification; the Central Freeway used to run through the neighborhood to Turk Street, but that section of the freeway was closed after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and demolished. Since the early 1990s, the Western Addition has undergone significant gentrification.
The San Francisco Police Department Northern Station serves the Western Addition. Fillmore District San_Francisco/Western Addition travel guide from Wikivoyage
Corona Heights, San Francisco
Corona Heights is a neighborhood in San Francisco, just north of Market Street and Eureka Valley. Corona Heights is considered part of the Castro and Upper Market areas; the Corona Heights neighborhood stretches between Buena Vista Eureka Valley. The streets within Corona Heights were cut out of the large hill that once encompassed all of Buena Vista Park and extended all the way down to Market Street. In 1899, excavation began on the hill to make way for brick factory; the quarry had removed tons of rock and produced tens of thousands of bricks, creating a blasted landscape. George and Harry Gray owned a total of three quarries in San Francisco. Besides The Corona Heights Quarry, One was located on Telegraph Hill, the third at Thirtieth and Castro located above Noe Valley, they had a bad reputation, well deserved. Of the bricks that were produced at the factory, many of them were used in the Cable Car beds. Subsequently, it was determined that these bricks had to be replaced; the community became enraged with the Gray brothers when adults and children were injured by falling rocks and homes were damaged by flying debris.
Although the Gray brothers faced lawsuit after lawsuit, they kept quarrying. In 1909, Carolyn Bush, their cashier and George Gray's secretary, was shot and killed by an unpaid worker who lost his temper. A few years in 1915 George, by a millionaire, was at the Thirtieth and Castro quarry, he was confronted by Joseph Lococo, a 26-year-old former worker whom Gray refused to pay back wages of $17.50. George was murdered by Lococo at the quarry; the quarrying and the company ended at that time. Because of the quarry, streets had been cut out of the rock for transport vehicle access and from the general quarrying done to the area; this made the location prime real estate for people who began to build their homes on the streets cut into the hill. Many of the neighborhood homes have views, close proximity to underground transportation, are situated just a few blocks from The Castro, local restaurants, neighborhood hangouts. At the top of the hill, where the quarry used to stand, there is now the Corona Heights Park: a large, open space with panoramic views of the city and the bay.
Corona Heights Park features a fenced-in, maintained dog park. Corona Heights Park, a large, open space, city park, with panoramic views of the city and the bay Randall Museum, focuses on the arts, crafts and natural history The Castro District Castro SF.org: The Complete Local Guide Corona Heights.com: "San Francisco's Best Kept Secret."
Cathedral Hill, San Francisco
Cathedral Hill is a neighborhood and a hill, in the Western Addition district of San Francisco, California. The neighbourhood's northern border is Post Street, the eastern border is Van Ness Avenue, the southern border is Eddy Street and the western border is Laguna Street; the neighbourhood is centred on St. Mary's Cathedral on the corner of Gough Street, it is home to large condominium and apartment towers with numerous churches built atop the hill, including St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, The First Unitarian Church of San Francisco, the Hamilton Baptist Church; the Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep school is in the neighbourhood. List of San Francisco, California Hills Neighborhoods of San Francisco Cathedral Hill Neighbors Association Cathedral Hill Neighbors Association on Yahoo Groups
Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove
Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, locally called Stern Grove, is a 33-acre recreational site in the Sunset District, San Francisco, California. It is administered by the city's Recreation and Parks Department, is the concert setting for the 80-year-old Stern Grove Festival; the site, along Sloat Boulevard between 19th and 34th Avenues about two miles south of the Golden Gate Park, was donated to the city in 1931 by Rosalie Meyer Stern, daughter of Marc Eugene Meyer, who named the park for her late husband Sigmund Stern, a philanthropist, nephew of Levi Strauss, son of David Stern. The original Stern Grove landscaping and facilities were built by the Works Progress Administration, it consists of several park sections including the Concert Meadow, the West Meadow, Pine Lake Park. The grove's Pine Lake is one of three natural lakes in the city of San Francisco. In 2005, Stern Grove underwent a $15 million renovation, designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. New features included drainage improvements and erosion control, an expanded outdoor stage and performance facilities, terraces and additional bleacher-style seating, built of stone walls, along the slope opposite the stage.
Since 1938, there have been weekly concerts and performances in the outdoor amphitheater during the summer months. Supported by contributions, the concerts have always been free to the public. Crowds have exceeded 20,000 persons. Stern Grove is known as a popular party location for local private high schools in San Francisco. Stern Grove Festival Trocadero, San Francisco Parks in San Francisco, California Project Insight A 1953 history of Stern Grove from the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco Early history of Stern Grove from the Western Neighborhoods Project Renovation of Stern Grove by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, San Francisco Chronicle article. Video tour of park and amphitheater on YouTube
Diamond Heights, San Francisco
Diamond Heights is a neighborhood in central San Francisco, California bordered by Diamond Heights Boulevard and Noe Valley to the north and east and Glen Canyon Park to the south and west. Diamond Heights was the first project of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, intended to use its redevelopment powers for land on the hills in the center of the city to be developed with, rather than against, the topography. Few existing residents needed to be relocated for the redevelopment program, which included housing for a range of incomes, schools, a commercial center; this type of redevelopment came under the Community Redevelopment Law, passed in 1951, a codified version of the California Redevelopment Act that had passed in 1941. Redevelopment in California ended on February 1, 2012, after the State Supreme Court ruled the Legislature could end the program on December 29, 2011; the Water Department appropriated more than $500,000 for a water system for the redevelopment. The Board of Supervisors and Diamond Heights Property Owners' Association debated the "Diamond Heights Redevelopment Project Area B-1" plan.
In 1955, alternative proposals to the supervisors' plan were presented in an effort to protect the property rights of existing property owners, to give them preference to exchange their property for other sites. The Board rejected the motion to add these alternative plans to the legislation; the final plan was approved on October 24, 1955. Some houses survived the redevelopment. A wood-frame house with separate garage stands at 70 Gold Mine Drive, just downhill from Diamond Heights Boulevard. According to the San Francisco Office of the Assessor, this house was built in 1895. Notable features of Diamond Heights include Diamond Heights Shopping Center on Diamond Heights Boulevard between Duncan Street and Gold Mine Drive and the San Francisco Police Department's police academy on Amber Drive between Turquoise Way and Duncan Street. St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church is at the top of Diamond Heights Boulevard, at the corner of Duncan Street. George Christopher Playground is located behind the shopping center, Walter Haas Playground is at the intersection of Diamond Heights Boulevard and Addison Street.
Ruth Asawa School of the Arts high school and the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department's Juvenile Justice Center are both just northwest of Diamond Heights, at the intersection of Portola and Woodside. Public transportation in Diamond Heights is provided by Muni's 35 Eureka, 48 Quintara, 52 Excelsior lines. All connect to the Muni Metro system. Additionally, the 35 and 52 connect to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system at the Glen Park Station. San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Diamond Heights mid-century modern housing tract developed by architect Claude Oakland for Eichler Homes
Sunset District, San Francisco
The Sunset District is a neighborhood located in the west-central area of San Francisco, United States. It is the largest neighborhood in the West Of Twin Peaks Neighborhoods in San Francisco; the Sunset District is the largest neighborhood within the city and county of San Francisco, with a population of over 85,000 it is the most populous. Golden Gate Park forms the neighborhood's northern border, the Pacific Ocean forms its western border; the Sunset District's southern and eastern borders are not as defined, but there is a general consensus that the neighborhood extends no farther south than Sigmund Stern Grove and Sloat Boulevard and no farther east than Stanyan Street and Laguna Honda Hospital. Prior to the residential and commercial development of the Sunset District, much of the area was covered by sand dunes and was referred to by 19th century San Franciscans as the "Outside Lands."The Sunset District and the neighboring Richmond District are collectively known as The Avenues, because the majority of both neighborhoods are spanned by numbered north-south avenues.
When the city was laid out, the avenues were numbered from 1st to 49th, the east-west streets were lettered A to X. In 1909, to reduce confusion for mail carriers, the east-west streets and 1st Avenue and 49th Avenue were renamed; the east-west streets were named in ascending alphabetical order in a southward direction after prominent 19th-century American politicians, military leaders, or explorers. 1st Avenue was renamed Arguello Boulevard, 49th Avenue was renamed La Playa Street. Today, the first numbered avenue is 2nd Avenue, starting one block west of Arguello Boulevard, the last is 48th Avenue near Ocean Beach; the avenue numbers increase incrementally, with one exception: what would be 13th Avenue is known as Funston Avenue, named after Frederick Funston, a U. S. Army general famous for his exploits during the Spanish–American War and Philippine–American War, for directing the U. S. Army response to the 1906 earthquake; the east-west streets in the Sunset appear in alphabetical order. These streets are: Lincoln Way, Irving, Kirkham, Moraga, Ortega, Quintara, Santiago, Ulloa, Wawona and Sloat Boulevard.
"X" was proposed to be Xavier, but was changed to Yorba due to a pronunciation controversy. The origin of the "Sunset" name is not clear. One claim indicates that Aurelius Buckingham, a developer who owned property in the area, coined the term in 1886. Another claim comes from the California Midwinter Exposition, held in Golden Gate Park in 1894 and known as "The Sunset City." Before construction of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1917, the Sunset was a vast, sparsely inhabited area of large sand dunes and coastal scrub land known as the "Outside Lands." Development was initiated in the 1870s and 1880s with construction of Golden Gate Park, but it did not reach a full scale until after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, when small lots of tract homes and row homes now characteristic of the neighborhood were built into the sand dunes. These tract homes would displace a smaller original settlement built into the dunes called Carville, so named for squatters that lived in abandoned horsecars and cable cars that were dumped in the sand dunes.
Development increased by the 1930s, as the Sunset was developed into a streetcar suburb. The post–World War II baby boom in the 1950s saw the last of the sand dunes leveled down and replaced with more single- and multifamily homes. In these developments, built by Henry Doelger, entire blocks consist of houses of the same general character, differentiated by variations in their stucco facades and mirrored floorplans, with most built upon 25-foot-wide lots with no free space between houses. Oliver Rousseau built more individualistic homes in the district; the Sunset's demographics were comprised of European Americans Irish and Italian. Beginning in the late 1960s the neighborhood saw a steady influx of Asian immigrants following the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which lifted racial quotas allowing for more non-European nationals to immigrate to the United States. Additionally, the Handover of Hong Kong motivated many Chinese to immigrate to the U. S. due to the economic uncertainties.
Today the vast majority of the neighborhoods population is Asian with Chinese as the dominant ethnic group. There are still some small Irish enclaves however. For most of its history, the Sunset existed as a large individual area. In recent years, the neighborhood has been popularly divided into three parts with sometimes vague borders; the Inner Sunset is bordered by Lincoln Way to the north, 2nd Ave to the east, Quintara Street to the south, 19th Avenue to the west. This far-east section of the Sunset is located just west of Mount Sutro; the main commercial area is along Irving Street from 5th Avenue to 12th Avenue, dotted with a variety of restaurants and shops. The Inner Sunset is a unique part of San Francisco that hosts a variety of local businesses, including restaurants, breweries, book stores, coffee shops, ice cream parlors and shoe stores, a tattoo parlor, a wine bar. All these establishments are clustered around the intersection of Irving Street. There is a grea
Stern Grove Festival
Established in 1938, the Stern Grove Festival is an admission-free series of performing arts events held during the summer months at Sigmund Stern Grove, a eucalyptus-wooded natural amphitheater on a 33-acre site about two miles south of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco that ranges from 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard west to 34th Avenue. Sigmund Stern Grove itself is a part of San Francisco tradition. Stern Grove Festival's YouTube channel features concert videos and pre-concert talks that began with the 2006 Stern Grove Festival season. Stern Grove Festival Official history of Stern Grove Festival performances Video tour of park and amphitheater Stern Grove Festival Facebook Stern Grove Festival Twitter