Monday, January 23, 2012

A Day in Dogpatch

A Day in Dogpatch by deanv41
A Day in Dogpatch, a photo by deanv41 on Flickr.

For a fresh perspective on things, I headed down 3rd Street to Dogpatch, the semi-derelict district on the Eastern Waterfront that is slowly resurrecting itself. Just to its north is Mission Bay, the massive biotech campus of UCSF. The contrast with it and Dogpatch couldn't be more striking. Behind me in this shot is Pier 70, once the West Coast's mightiest shipyard, but long since gone to seed. Irish Hill once rose above the bay here, but now fills the bay itself with a mere serpentine outcrop to remind anyone that homes, hotels, shops and saloons once hugged this point along with the mills, steel works, and shipyards. Over the next decade, it is all slated for rehabilitation, or rather redevelopment into something less industrious than its past. There are some wonderful historic structures here that may be hard to retrofit. Given the soullessness of the Mission Bay development, it would behoove the City to insist on retaining the integrity of the historic waterfont district while keeping an eye on the future.

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