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Dirty Harry at 40, San Francisco Time Capsule from 1971: Who Emptied the Hilton’s Swimming Pool Atop 750 Kearny?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Dirty Harry at 40 continues with the case of the pool atop our Financial District / Chinatown Hilton.

Now check it – everybody’s favorite psycho killer hippie Scorpio somehow got on the roof of famously-sawtoothed* 555 California, you know, in order to start the carnage. See?

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Now wouldn’t it be cool to go swimming up there on a dreaded sunny day?

Well, we’ll never know – here’s how it looks these days:

Empty empty empty.

Oh well…

I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

*So every shark laboring at triple-five Cal can have his/her own “corner office,” of sorts, that’s why the BofA Building has that distinctive shape.

Dirty Harry at 40: Using San Francisco’s Favorite Cop Movie as a Time Capsule – Mad Bison at the Buffalo Paddock

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Say what you will about that highly-rated Dirty Harry film, it ably shows you what the 415 looked like back in 1971, back before it became too expensive for Hollywood to do business in San Francisco. This movie is all 100% genuine on-location San Francisco Bay Area (with the exception of the early bank heist shots).

Now these days, the Golden Gate Park’s Buffalo Paddock doesn’t have more than a half-dozen critters. There’s just a handful left, all female (the Golden Girls let’s call them), so unless Ted Turner comes through with his offer of free bison from one of his ranches in Montana or someplace, we’re going to run out of bison.

But check out how things were back in the day. They were all over. See?

You can barely make out the school bus that psychotic hippie Scorpio just hijacked:

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I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

 

Hazelwood and Valdez Together in San Francisco, Where’s Exxon Ave?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Let’s journey to insular, “secretive subdivision” Westwood Highlands, on the slopes of Mount Davidson. Now whoever laid out and named the streets there must have had a sense of humor, because Hazelwood Avenue and Valdez Avenue are together forever, entwined through the ages.

Hazelwood, of course, was the captain of the oil-tanker Valdez when it spilled its guts all over Prince William Sound and beyond two decades ago. It was like the Cosco Busan oil spill excepting that it involved about 200 times as much petroleum. 

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So that might be on your mind the next time you visit this small neighborhood of “minimal bungalows.”

Another thing that might strike you about Westwood Highlands was that it was one of the earliest planned residential communities in the United States, where property owners all would agree to be governed by a commons set of controls and restrictions. At the very least, that means “No Black People” is what that means.  

Of course WestHigh wasn’t the only place in the world where this was the case, but it’s sort of funny when “born and raised in San Francisco” NIMBYs start talking about all the rules and customs they honor, they always leave this history out.

Here you go, this is typical. Just substitute “black people” for “in-law apartments” and “white people” for “single-family.”

IN-LAW UNIT AMNESTY
“Editor — Mayor Willie Brown’s recent re-election pledge to attempt to legalize the city’s illegal in-law apartments is unjust. Almost a hundred years ago many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods were designed and zoned for single-family use.

Our neighborhood, Westwood Highlands Homeowners, was so designated in 1924. Its status as such is further ensured by the mandatory covenants, controls and restrictions to which all Westwood Highlands residents must agree. Moreover, Proposition M, the voter mandate that states that the diversity of San Francisco’s neighborhoods be preserved, would be violated under this amnesty plan. People who move to single-family areas like ours because they enjoy the safety, convenience, parking and uncongested atmosphere that our single-family tracts have to offer have every right to do so.

In recent years, several city politicians have floated this illegal unit amnesty plan. In every case the plans have been abandoned. Mayor Brown should also give up on this unfair, unwise and unjust idea.

DAVID BISHO
President, Westwood Highlands Homeowners Association San Francisco”

You see? It’s the same argument. “My neighborhood was founded on the idea of ______, therefore it can never change.”

Little pink bungalo houses, for you and me and all the other pink people, and let’s keep it that way, for as long as we can, for as long as we can…