Cinco de mayo in San Francisco

A tour of the Mission on the holiday that helped establish the Mexican identity.  

San Francisco’s Old Chinese Cemetery

Just south of the city, but, oddly, not in the necropolis of Colma itself, sits a hidden bit of San Francisco history: the Chinese Cemetery in Daly City.

Changing Gears: The People’s Bridge

While not a branding story (at least not yet!), the new East Span of the Bay Bridge, which opened two weeks ago, is a signature accomplishment. Herewith a tour of the new bike and walking path, which will (one day) connect San Francisco and the East Bay. Gorgeous and highly recommended, with two caveats: first,Continue reading “Changing Gears: The People’s Bridge”

San Francisco City Hall on Decision Day

As the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 were announced, I was lucky to be at the spot where it all began. The court struggle for equal marriage rights in California got underway when San Francisco county clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, begetting a series of decisions over six yearsContinue reading “San Francisco City Hall on Decision Day”

Changing Gears: In Praise of Fisherman’s Wharf!

The easiest cliché of life in San Francisco is that everyone, universally, is meant to hate Fisherman’s Wharf. The same people who would happily park themselves on Trafalgar Square in London, tour the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or take gondola rides in Venice look down upon the Wharf as irremediably ‘touristy’. In celebration of whatContinue reading “Changing Gears: In Praise of Fisherman’s Wharf!”

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