Tuesday, September 27, 2016


An unknown individual has taken to placing fallen sycamore leaves on display in empty newspaper racks around the neighborhood, a modern update on pressing leaves between wax paper.

Copyright © by Chris Enquist 9/27/16

Friday, September 16, 2016

NEIGHBORHOOD CLOSINGS 2016 (#13 in a series) – TOAST

Toast, which opened only a few years ago at Polk and Sacramento,

has been suspended from operating for the "identified existence of imminent health hazard(s)" among other reasons, according to the notice posted on the door.

It appears that Toast is toast.

Copyright © by Chris Enquist 9/15/16

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


One aspect of the tech makeover/takeover of San Francisco has been the growth of unusual business names.

This one, for example, is too

1263 Mission

by half, while this one 

707 Sutter

is clever and eye-catching.

The name on this building makes me wanna 

180 Townsend


while this one states the obvious:

So do most people, especially the poor and homeless.

Often, they're some weird combination of nouns, like this:

1735 Polk Street

or this

1019 Market
(The above photograph is from ceylon-amanda.com.)

or this

144 Taylor
(photo from Piano Fight Facebook page, photographer unknown)

This one I like:

1465 Bush

Now that's a cool name.

Copyright © by Chris Enquist 9/13/16

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Sign on the door,

 Larkin Corner Market, 1496 Larkin Street.

Copyright © by Chris Enquist 9/8/16

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


One of the signs of gentrification, or at least being flush, is repainting the building you own. There has been a lot of this in my neighborhood in the past several months.

The drab, lackluster exterior of 1105 Bush at Leavenworth

has been replaced with much sunnier one.

The 1909 Victorian at 1551 -- 1553 ½ California Street 

is now another picture-postcard painted victorian of san francisco.

The dun-colored 1589 Sacramento Street

has been transformed to this.

Even the Guitar Center building at 1645 Van Ness got a cleaning

and now looks bright as new.


Copyright © by Chris Enquist 9/6/16