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NorCal Part 1: San Francisco

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Over Christmas week, I made a trip out to the Bay Area and got to check out a lot of the new developments. We didn't travel south but did manage to hit up a lot of the major locales in the East Bay and wine country, in addition to San Francisco itself. Luckily the weather was reasonably cooperative and I managed to get a few good shots of the City by the Bay.

 

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24884382397_58c8fdabe1_b.jpg20171225_220443260_iOS (1) by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Let's get this one out of the way, shall we?

 

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39044464884_83ab3e1ee9_b.jpgIMG_1999 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

We got a pretty incredible deal on a hotel in SoMa, which was a very convenient jumping-off point for exploring the rest of the city.

 

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39044132864_60b788aa64_b.jpgIMG_2271 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881777888_ec15b40ae3_b.jpgIMG_2108 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

This was not the hotel we stayed at (unfortunately!)

 

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39044483664_537ce69566_b.jpgIMG_2106 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Not shown: the huge piles of trash along the curb here.

 

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25881787128_56c8c846e1_b.jpgIMG_2004 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881784918_f30c9cbe99_b.jpgIMG_2033 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883740087_7f5a263512_b.jpgIMG_2019 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881783218_7e3ba75e8c_b.jpgIMG_2050 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39721704912_78a6a76d55_b.jpgIMG_2044 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881782038_cea436f6ea_b.jpgIMG_2051 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881781188_81af7247b2_b.jpgIMG_2055 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974598739_5e2b8ea372_b.jpgIMG_2078 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881779048_4b5f513b9f_b.jpgIMG_2072 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881780168_fd83c4346c_b.jpgIMG_2071 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39721695522_db4c5cedc2_b.jpgIMG_2096 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

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39721691712_e85d683cb8_b.jpgIMG_2119 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881729238_15ea9034fc_b.jpgIMG_2114 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38854791695_85c314375d_b.jpg20171225_190329000_iOS by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39753380591_681dc16774_b.jpgIMG_2135 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974590439_2c1e64461b_b.jpgIMG_2137 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

More trash... The rest of the Haight seemed very clean (and hyper-gentrified!) but Haight Street itself was still a bastion of filth. This was Christmas Day, so not a whole lot was open.

 

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39753377711_37ddd39b9b_b.jpgIMG_2268 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

I liked Mid-Market/Central Market/Twitterhood, but it's definitely still a bit rough around the edges.

 

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24883699047_9b1c48d3c9_b.jpgIMG_2269 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974586999_c3526c1cdd_b.jpgIMG_2241 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Thanks ColDayMan[/member] and taestell[/member] for pointing this place out!

 

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24883704307_d1bbc3802e_b.jpgIMG_2260 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

This was a true trip highlight for me. It doesn't look like too much from the outside, and I was worried it wouldn't be publicly accessible, but...

 

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27974585899_86e4fa5b8b_b.jpgIMG_2252 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

...It's now a (very, very) high-end Italian men's store, and although I can't afford anything, window shopping is free!

 

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39753378971_d26f5f6e69_b.jpgIMG_2249 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

If you haven't figured it out by now, it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is one of his few remaining commercial buildings.

 

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39753378531_b6c9d2d166_b.jpgIMG_2256 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Truly a treat to experience in person.

 

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24884169767_fa161a4b2d_b.jpgIMG_2270 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25882175338_4f5371bb88_b.jpgIMG_2516 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881731918_dbd29aae2a_b.jpg20171227_215019140_iOS by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24884171507_969b87c10f_b.jpg20171225_212405710_iOS by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Now's as good a point as ever to sneak in some skyline shots.

 

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39753380261_273de5d0d6_b.jpgIMG_2182 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044492584_90584fae66_b.jpgIMG_2186 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044130674_684297c506_b.jpgIMG_2286 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044127074_ea41ca475d_b.jpgIMG_2299 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883693757_3e8d39c44e_b.jpgIMG_2290 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883689687_ed339c7493_b.jpgIMG_2315 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883687587_ee7d0f0f00_b.jpgIMG_2326 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044121514_86cc2c070e_b.jpgIMG_2328 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974575669_c27c2f59cb_b.jpgIMG_2403 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

The weather isn't being bipolar; I've just shuffled some things around.

 

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27974574609_91fa0cd3de_b.jpgIMG_2409 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39753764861_d5b0851489_b.jpgIMG_2421 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974573509_6936efaedc_b.jpgIMG_2417 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974572469_0c35b448e9_b.jpgIMG_2424 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974568059_b9764f50f5_b.jpgIMG_2458 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39753772671_53f387f4da_b.jpgIMG_2264 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044484944_9745e99664_b.jpgIMG_2440 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24884167817_ddd030ed00_b.jpgIMG_2439 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974571389_17252183ae_b.jpgIMG_2432 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

The Tenderloin was pretty much what I expected.

 

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39044486554_bd2a0ba6dd_b.jpgIMG_2438 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974570199_3cfcaf2448_b.jpgIMG_2443 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974568989_9b56b8d4d0_b.jpgIMG_2451 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Japantown.

 

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24884165247_579b4455fd_b.jpgIMG_2450 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974567149_d3b304602e_b.jpgIMG_2464 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Some ridiculous Victorians in Pac Heights... those curved windows!

 

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24884162387_c43fdb05ec_b.jpgIMG_2459 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044482374_033ca3437d_b.jpgIMG_2484 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883656877_21b2534a36_b.jpgIMG_2473 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883655287_c812b961df_b.jpgIMG_2482 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883652997_c22e4b7433_b.jpgIMG_2485 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38854786945_7ba9c68f53_b.jpg20171227_200849930_iOS by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044488074_9eef9efc6f_b.jpgIMG_2275 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044094844_dcce86ccf9_b.jpgIMG_2497 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

It seems as though no matter where you're headed, you always end up in Chinatown.

 

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39044093064_b5b50355b3_b.jpgIMG_2502 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39753788441_a9a5dcf774_b.jpgIMG_2074 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39722140732_4eb1508305_b.jpgIMG_2090 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883650547_49ebebd4d6_b.jpgIMG_2498 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044090634_2897d425da_b.jpgIMG_2521 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24884159537_287eebf53e_b.jpgIMG_2505 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974944199_f7fc17d20a_b.jpgIMG_2507 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39753815881_5cbf618746_b.jpgIMG_2529 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974918549_d6c80ed7c8_b.jpgIMG_2000 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044462634_4466fc1508_b.jpgIMG_2001 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974941709_00055e497d_b.jpgIMG_2549 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044115124_bb74870f3c_b.jpgIMG_2351 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38854788515_485886d390_b.jpg20171226_235254000_iOS by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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24883681077_11b7184288_b.jpgIMG_2342 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

Even Stevie Wonder commutes via cable car.

 

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38854790245_749dd14f99_b.jpg20171226_233558940_iOS by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39753813291_ec196b0829_b.jpgIMG_2531 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39753379481_6d9c7e511a_b.jpgIMG_2228 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044108584_ea7c12e1f5_b.jpgIMG_2391 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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27974576889_8b15c33173_b.jpgIMG_2394 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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25881755548_26f12a7102_b.jpgIMG_2392 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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38854784885_c3ae7171e2_b.jpgIMG_2539 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

This corner building is great.

 

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24883644977_edbfb6bc70_b.jpgIMG_2545 by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

 

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39044087264_b3fbff8335_b.jpg20171227_020836000_iOS by Ethan Kocjan, on Flickr

I'd say that's enough for one thread! San Francisco is a bewildering, beautiful, disgusting, energetic, ever-changing unchangeable enigma of a city, that's for sure. More photos, focusing on the North and East Bay regions are incoming!

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beautiful shots!

 

it's very strange to see the salesforce tower in the skyline.

 

it's probably too hulking for sf, but i like it.

 

we have a friend and co-worker of my spouse who was an early salesforce adopter and became the top salesforce expert, so there is a petition to name a conference room for him in there, which is pretty funny.

 

 

 

 

also, i noticed the graffiti guy seen on the left here in your #22 shot gets around -- he has recently popped up in my neighborhood:

 

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^It's hard to take a bad photo in SF... except of the Golden Gate Bridge apparently. I don't know if it's the International Orange's inherent brightness or the contrast of the bridge against the sky, or my poor technical skills, but almost all of my GGB photos came out blurry, unfortunately.

 

Also, I resized all of the photos to a smaller size so that they're hopefully more visible/loading properly, in case anyone was having issues viewing any of the photos.

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also, i noticed the graffiti guy seen on the left here in your #22 shot gets around -- he has recently popped up in my neighborhood:

Os Gemeos! "The twins" from Brazil. I love their style. Didn't know about either of these. Thanks for posting.

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Great shots of a beautiful city. I think SF has lost some of its mysticism for me since I've visited a fair amount in recent years, and I now have family living in the city, but it's still such a pretty place. I wish there was a more pronounced Black and Hispanic presence, though, as it has felt a bit sterile and white washed on recent visits, unfortunately. This is not to say there isn't grit to be found, especially with the high homeless population and all the trash and...'waste' they leave behind on the sidewalks and stuff. Thanks for sharing these photos!

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