Its Amazing How Much Old Time Montreal Looks Like San Francisco

Check out this bird’s eye view of Montreal, Canada from back in the late 1800’s.

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Doesn’t it sort of look a bit like San Francisco, complete with a Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Market Street, an Embarcadero, Twin Peaks, Russian Hill and all those gridded streets?

Of course, there are differences. Like they’re a big city and we’re a little-big city with less than a million.

And their town is a lot flatter than ours, too. That’s something that we’ll have to take into account when we kick off our Bixi-like bike share system. (Montreal’s attractive bike share system is currently pretty much confined to the flatter parts of town. That kind of approach won’t work here in San Francisco. But at least we don’t ever have heavy snow, which suspends Bixi service for almost half the year.)  

Anyway, compare Montreal with the 415:

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2 Responses to “Its Amazing How Much Old Time Montreal Looks Like San Francisco”

  1. lioness says:

    hellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll no!

  2. sfcitizen says:

    All right, but I had a hard time telling these two cities apart. That montreal shot looks very similar to the old kite/balloon photos taht were taken in San Francisco.