Posts Tagged ‘gated’

San Francisco’s Only Real “Gated Community” is Presidio Terrace – The Gates are Always Open But There’s a Guard to Keep You Out

Friday, July 11th, 2014


But dividing the cost of a security guard among 20-something families is prolly pretty expensive, so at other times there’s only an empty SUV posted as sentry.

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And best of all, the place is Caucasians-only, sort of:

In a small brochure, Object Lessons in Homebuilding, developers Baldwin and Howell promoted racial covenants as part of a set of deed covenants attached to a model planned gated suburb, Presidio Terrace. Deed covenants were used to ensure protection from the nuisances of uncontrolled growth following the 1906 earthquake and to create a community of “Caucasians” only in Presidio Terrace. Among such progressive urban design amenities as underground utilities, asphalt roads for automobiles, and private picturesque streets, racial covenants guaranteed racial homogeneity as an integral part of desirable suburban housing. Baldwin and Howell marketed Presidio Terrace lots by focusing comparatively on the settlement of Japanese immigrants in the Western Addition district of San Francisco as undesirable and blighted by racial pathologies.”

San Francisco is a “Transit First” City Except When It Comes to … Subsidized Housing Projects – Free Parking!

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Loads of free parking, actually.

This used to be Octavia, BTW, before they paved commuter paradise and put up a parking lot:

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It’s your very own gated community* in the otherwise high-rent* eastern Western Addition / western Civic Center / North of Hayes Valley area what’s just a five-minute walk from City Hall.

And sometimes there are two security guards standing on either side of this gate to welcome you home.*

(Bonus: Back in the day, my then-girlfriend’s then-20-something then-roommate had sex* with then-married, then-Mayor Willie Brown, high up there in one of the two cylindrical-type high-rises you can see camera right in the background. Isn’t that funny?*)

Anyway, when you hear the phrase “Transt First,” be sure to realize it means “Transit First Except For…”

*Sort of.

The Pinkest House in All San Francisco

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Little pink houses are for you and me, of course, but big pink houses are only for those fortunate enough to reside on the private street called Presidio Terrace. (Of course, we have other pink houses in town, but they can be pricey as well.)

Posing in the somewhat Republican 94118 with Congregation Emanu-El‘s 150 foot tall dome. Click to expand


Not too long ago, you yourself needed to be pink to own a place there, but things started opening up the past few decades. Google’s little yellow man paid a visit to this street a while back and there were Street Maps images to prove it, but it appears he and his famous Toyota Prius are no longer welcome to come on in, drive around, and take photos of houses.  

How sad!

Oh, but aint that America, for you and me
Aint that America, we’re something to see, baby
Aint that America, home of the free
Little pink houses for you and me