The light in The Avenues seems different, perhaps owing to the lower rise of most buildings or the close proximity to the ocean. When the sky is overcast it brings out the lightly variated buildings' pastels that dominate the palette as well as the park foliage so much more abundant on San Francisco's northwest side.
The Richmond District can at first strike seem ordinary, but a second pass and the match is lit. It's a quarter of the city that has surprising elements hidden among its many avenues. It is as culturally emergent as The Mission District and far less "discovered." Fog tinged and low key, The Richmond keeps its glowing heart undercover, like the scene here at 7th Avenue and Balboa where a Russian Cafe, a Korean Izakaya, and an American Coffeehouse keep a welcome light burning.