Vermont Street on Potrero Hill in San Francisco
Yesterday's post was of the top of the Crooked Street - Lombard - in San Francisco. Today's image was taken in 2008 and therefore conforms to my archival theme this week. And lord knows I need to conform (?).
This post was inspired by our friend Denny (Denny Jump Photo) who was asking about this two block section of Vermont Street in San Francisco. He asked the question - if Vermont should not be considered the real, "Crookedest Street in The World?"
Answering this question is not so easy. Vermont Street is longer than its fancy and famous sister street, Lombard - over there on Russian Hill. But Lombard does have one more overt turn (4.5 compared to 3.5). However - Vermont street's arcs are wider and cover more distance - and the street goes into a really nice bend at the end and doesn't fully straighten to the grid for several hundred yards after the hill. So I would vote for Vermont.
Another nice thing about Vermont Street is that it is forested and shady - but the surface is asphalt as opposed to fancy bricks and there aren't million dollar homes alongside. The gardens aren't lush and groomed by city maintenance workers. On the other hand - there are no tourists gumming up the experience of driving down and then standing around with their cameras so you can't get off the hill. Every time I've taken people down Vermont Street they've loved this 'secret' crooked street.
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