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Lombard & Powell

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 28 January 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

North Beach in San Francisco

As a boy - Joe DiMaggio used to hit baseballs in that playground at left. I'm guessing it was earth and grass back then - not asphalt.

This is a great neighborhood. A place of writers, musicians, poets, and dreamers. A place of true community. Political activism blocked all fast food franchises from the area. Historic. Well fed. Occasionally drunk. Most of all - content. That's North Beach.

Many, many years ago - I lived at the opposite corner of the block on the right. I worked at the now closed Tower Records at Columbus and Bay Streets. I was an assistant manager. My commute was a three block walk. Photographs taken at the time suggest that I was thin and a pretty good looking fellow. I had a girlfriend and a flat in North Beach with a view of Coit Tower. My rent was $135 a month - on Telegraph Hill!

Sometimes - we don't know how good life is and how lucky we are...

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sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

It looks like a great place. I like how you've made these yellow stripes your focal point...or at least they draw the eye.

28 Jan 2010 6:40am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Freshly washed pavements shine in the morning light. Your storm will arrive here Friday as snow. best...jerry

28 Jan 2010 6:55am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cool image, great lines

28 Jan 2010 7:29am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

An interesting perspective! Cut a square of yellow tape! Beautiful urban geometry!

28 Jan 2010 8:12am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

I must say this one I really, really like. And I thoroughly enjoyed your commentary as well. Sounds and looks a brilliant place!

28 Jan 2010 11:44am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

all kinds of memories here - and it still looks like a nice place to live or just hang out......I like the crosswalk lines in this.....

28 Jan 2010 12:05pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Love North Beach, my favorite part of town.

28 Jan 2010 1:20pm

@MontereyJohn: Years back, John - I'd have suggested meeting you at Gino & Carlos - but those days are done - how about lunch at Capp's Corner? (it's as good as ever) - Ciao.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great pic! Must have been amazing to live there. You're right, we don't always know or appreciate how lucky we are. Born and raised in the Crescent City, I used to think I was bored with living in New Orleans. In 14 years of residence, I got so used to Kentucky's seasons I hardly noticed. Didn't especially appreciate Atlanta's vitality in a 5 year stint of living in metro A. Now after almost 4 years here in Bradenton, I'm already starting to forget (almost) how magical living on the edge of Florida's Gulf beaches is . People. No accounting for us and our fickle ways. Of course, it might just be me.

28 Jan 2010 5:08pm

@Viewfinder: Part of this is just that whole conversation about being young. Who was it that said - "Youth is wasted on the young?" Back then - a 'day' lasted forever and we would never grow old. It is a time of instant gratification. A mindset that can't help taking some of what's around us for granted. My arthritis has wisdom. And so it goes...

K.B.R from Switzerland

very nice perspective

28 Jan 2010 5:53pm

David from Detroit, United States

Your photographic perspective invites us to walk the neighborhood, and your personal perspective gives it a frame of reference!

28 Jan 2010 10:57pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Lovely shot.... I have been at this very intersection!!! Youth wasted on the young???? that might be an understatement!!! $135 per month you say???? Kind of like way back when, my folks owned three apartments in the complex i live in now, and the most they paid was $22,000....when I bought mine, for the same apartment, it was $125,000...times do change, don't they?????

28 Jan 2010 11:30pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

The block of lines, I really like it. I've been here too some time ago when my husband was talking to me about gridlock and such.. nicely done.

29 Jan 2010 1:53am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Amazing story to go with this great shot.Seeing and hearing about all these places that are so far away from me is a big part part of being a member of AM3,it brings them almost to life... Maybe one day I´ll get to visit !!

30 Jan 2010 1:19pm