South of Market

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948877 | DOI:
South of Market

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History has played fast and loose with that great segment of the city which sprawls southward from Market Street to the San Francisco-San Mateo County line. Athwart historic Rincon Hill, fashionable residential quarter of Gold Rush days, the streamlined approach to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge rises from an area of factories, machine shops, railroad terminals, “skid-road” hotels, and Greek restaurants. Westward from the water front-lined to Hunter's Point with warehouses, stockyards, and shipbuilding plants—the district spreads across Potrero Hill to the heights of Twin Peaks, Buena Vista Park, Mount Olympus, and Mount Davidson. A broad residential district whose most venerable landmark is Mission Dolores, occupying a sheltered coastal plain and adjacent hillsides, “The Mission” is San Francisco's workshop, where most of the city's working-class population live.

Keywords: Market Street; San Francisco; San Mateo County; Rincon Hill; Gold Rush; Oakland Bay Bridge; Mission Dolores

Chapter.  5053 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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