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Old January 26th, 2013, 11:05 PM   #261
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Etched into the hills is “Niles”, one of the five independent towns that were eventually incorporated to form Fremont in the 1950s. The Altamont Commuter Express, a commuter railway, cuts through Niles Canyon connecting Pleasanton and Livermore to the East Bay and San Jose. The train begins way out beyond the Altamont Pass in Stockton in the San Joaquin Valley. Unlike the newer parts of Fremont, Niles is an old railroad town, at the junction of three Union Pacific (ex-Southern Pacific) subdivisions (Oakland, Niles, and Warm Springs)… You can frequently hear the distant horns of freight and passenger (Capitol Corridor and ACE) trains. The tracks at bottom here, comprising the UP Oakland Sub and BART, run along the northern edge of the park. In the past, Niles also had a booming motion picture industry, and Charlie Chaplin would film many scenes here.

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It wasn’t spring, but the rolling hills were blanketed in green… This doesn’t quite feel like the Bay Area.

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Old January 26th, 2013, 11:07 PM   #262
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #263
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Corona Heights Park
2013.01.12

Corona Heights is a micro-neighborhood in the hilly area immediately north of The Castro. It’s bordered on the north by Buena Vista, on the east by Duboce Triangle, on the west by Ashbury Heights, and on the south by The Castro and Eureka Valley. The area’s defining feature is Corona Heights Park, a rocky outcrop that offers some nice views and serves as home to the Randall Museum, a small, nature museum for city kids. The views aren’t quite as nice as Twin Peaks, but it’s far more accessible, with the entrance only a couple blocks away from Castro / Market.

We start off facing east…

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Mission Bay South in the distance

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Some of the buildings along the southern face of Buena Vista Park…

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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #264
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In the distance is AT&T Park (home of the Giants) and Mission Bay North, with Downtown Oakland across the Bay.

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The much-maligned Central Freeway swings in from the left. This portion remains, although the parts north of Market have been replaced by Octavia Boulevard. A bit further out is the high aerial structure of I-280. Proposals were recently announced to bring that section of freeway down.

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16th Street and Mission Dolores

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Large red brick building with the arched roof is the National Guard Armory and Arsenal (1914), a historic landmark.

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The large warehouse is San Francisco Municipal Railway’s Flynn Division, housing Muni’s fleet of articulated diesel buses.

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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:53 AM   #265
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Noe Valley

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Looking northeast towards SOMA, Rincon Hill, and the Bay Bridge. The big building at bottom right is the U.S. Mint.

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Dolores Park

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Bayview and Hunters Point Shipyard in the distance

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Mission High School

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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:54 AM   #266
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Bernal Heights

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Eureka Valley

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Kite Hill

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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:56 AM   #267
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General Hospital and Potrero Hill

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Upper Market
Past Castro, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare climbs up and up towards Twin Peaks, eventually becoming Portola Drive and continuing all the way to West Portal.

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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:11 PM   #268
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Chinese New Year Parade
2013.03.23

The parade is typically a couple of weeks after the actual Lunar New Year… We start off in Chinatown to do some people-watching at the Chinatown Community Street Fair. This is actually the second street fair during the new year, catering more to tourists and visitors—the first is the flower market that takes place on the weekend of the actual Lunar New Year holiday that caters more to the local Chinese community.

Old St. Mary’s Cathedral (1854) at the corner of California and Grant

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Looking down Commercial towards the Ferry Building
There’s always a lot of free promotional goodies available at the booths (if you’re willing to stand in line and wait).

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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:12 PM   #269
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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #270
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Now moving to the actual parade… Went a bit early to get a good spot.

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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:14 PM   #272
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Here we go…

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Matsu (媽祖), goddess of the sea

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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:15 PM   #273
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It seems to rain almost every time the parade is held, but there were no clouds in sight in this year’s parade, so turnout was pretty good.

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The parade has been heavily commercialized over the years, with local corporations like Old Navy, Visa, PG&E, and Wells Fargo being some of the mainstays, together with Bank of America, Cathay Pacific, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, AT&T, Samsung, Hyundai, Ford, Toyota, and Harrah’s. The signature sponsor of the festival and parade is Southwest Airlines.

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Plenty of local high school and university bands are also part of the parade…

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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #274
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Schoolchildren dressed as firecrackers…

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Shaolin Temple USA demonstration
They claim to be the “first official North American branch” of the original Shaolin Temple, with locations in San Francisco and Fremont (suburban SF), plus a separate location in Virginia.

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Sing Tao Daily
Originally an HK paper, but published in many overseas locations with large Chinese communities.

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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #275
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What’s a cultural parade without a pageant?

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The final procession of the parade always belongs to Leung’s White Crane (梁館白鶴), a local martial arts and lion dancing group. There are a few other groups like Yau Kung Moon (柔功門) and Chung Ngai (中藝), but White Crane is by far the largest and most influential.

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The finale is Gum Lung (金龍), the 250-foot long Golden Dragon…

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Old March 1st, 2013, 02:18 AM   #276
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Excellent Chinese New Year shots indeed! What was your most favorite float or part of the parade, by the way? And I truly love the pageantry too... so many wonderful people showed up!

I'll tell you: your photo collection seems to be one of the best, if not the best, on the street collections I've seen so far, with tons of activity, color, and light! You have really made me proud looking at those wonderful images of revelry... and that's another reason I love San Francisco. Hopefully, I can help you draw in other people to your collection because it is truly an excellent collection!
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 06:25 AM   #277
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Amazing!! The density of this city is incredible (by American standards)
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 09:46 AM   #278
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Amazing!! The density of this city is incredible (by American standards)
Well said, my friend! San Francisco has a land mass of roughly 47.6 square miles (including the Bay and ocean, it goes to around 50 square miles), but, its density is something that can be attributed to a long migration of people from many parts of the world seeking for a better life, and San Francisco since the Gold Rush has been a magnet for immigrants. With such a tight space and immense cultural significance, almost every part of the City is used in so many ways that, even in a mostly-residential area like the Sunset, commercial streets co-exist with apartment buildings, making it a truly commercialized city.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 09:58 AM   #279
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Very nice.
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Old March 10th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #280
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Good stuff all round! San Francisco is one impressive city - you got some great views there.
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