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Old Posted Oct 26, 2007, 5:17 AM
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Goin' Down to South Park...

No, not the one in Colorado. This is the pleasant neighborhood in San Francisco's SOMA district. South Park has had a long and interesting history, from exclusive mansions in the mid-19th century, to a working class neighborhood destroyed by the 1906 Earthquake, up to its latest incarnations as first a dotcom hub, and now a Web 2.0 magnet.

The actual park is one of those hidden gems that the typical visitor never sees, making it seem even more special when you do stumble upon it. Anyway, I had some business in the area on Wednesday, so I took a stroll around the park and snapped a few photos. I hope you enjoy this brief tour.

This will give you an idea of the location and what a nice oasis this park is (image courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle):


You can see why it's easy to miss. This is what you see walking down Second St.:

If you don't see that little street sign, you'll miss it altogether.

But once you turn the corner...






It's a popular spot for the lunch crowd:




Much of the park is surrounded with residential and commercial over restaurants and cafes:






There is a bit of modern architecture sprinkled here and there too:


At the other end of the urban living spectrum, there is One Rincon Hill in the distance:


At the Second Street end of South Park is an old warehouse that was just converted to condos and lofts. I didn't see the inside but am told it's a high quality project:


I hope you enjoyed the tour. In appreciation for staying through to the end, I give you early morning over the Bay Bridge:

I guess it's really under the bridge, but you know...
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2007, 6:15 AM
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Wow, that's gorgeous. Thanks for the pictures.
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2007, 7:49 AM
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Sweet little enclave of nature in the city... Ya gotta love it.
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During the dot-com days (1998 - 2000) it was really jumping--right in the center of the action. By 2002, it was kind of deserted, but judging by the pictures things are picking up again. Just hope the recession I think we are about to have doesn't hit it too hard.
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'Alcohol Prohibited' ,neat!
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2007, 3:20 PM
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What a cool little neighborhood. Thanks so much
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2007, 4:17 PM
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Cool photo set. Great job.

However South Park Colorado is also real also. It was a mining town, turned ghost town, turned popular again beacause of the cartoon.

http://www.fourteenernet.com/southpark/
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Wow very kewl. I like this little area...

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Old Posted Oct 26, 2007, 7:08 PM
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Thanks for posting these photos. That is one of my favorite, sort of hidden, areas of SF.
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Nice pics.....I love San Fran

....There really is a South Park in Colorado, but its a high mountain plain formed by glaciers. It is the headwaters of The South Platte River and the biggest city there is Fairplay.
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Old Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:35 AM
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Thanks everyone. I'm glad you liked them.

Top of the Park and JackStraw - I didn't realize there was an actual South Park. I assumed those guys just made it up. Thanks, I've corrected that above.
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You are so right, and you would never guess that was there from the street in your first pic...I LOVE hidden treasures like that! Cool pics, and thanks for sharing!
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From the air, I said to myself " What !! This is a park !!?? " but you convinced me. This is a well hidden little jewel.
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Cool! I've certainly never heard of that before. It looks like something from a much smaller city, until the shot with One Rincon Hill.
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During the dot-com days (1998 - 2000) it was really jumping--right in the center of the action. By 2002, it was kind of deserted, but judging by the pictures things are picking up again. Just hope the recession I think we are about to have doesn't hit it too hard.
So true, BT. They're all saying the right things this time ("we're being more responsible with the seed money," "learned our lesson," etc.) but I hope they're doing the right things too. Do you remember the guy from one of those failed dotcoms who dumped a truckload of tumbleweed in South Park around 2002 or so? What a fitting image that was at the time. At least he kept his sense of humor!


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I LOVE hidden treasures like that!
Same here. Lately, I've been exploring a lot of the hidden courtyards you find between buildings in the Financial DIstrict. I love finding little meandering mid-block paths. I found a really good (and relatively cheap) deli by doing that the other day. Thanks for the compliment!
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Pretty cool to see that South Park in San Francisco is a cool area. Our South Park in San Diego is decent, definitely up and coming.
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