Then and Now: Bernalwood’s Wild Wild West, 1975 vs. 2011

Bernal Hill, San Francisco

From the ever-fabulous photo archives of Dave Glass (whom we last met right here), comes this typically fabulous photo of Bernalwood’s west slope, taken during the mid-1970s. Dave’s caption explains:

Foreground is Mission Street near Fair, Bernal Heights district,
One of San Francisco’s working class neighborhoods, Pentax H3v with Kodak TriX film, photograph taken 1975

So how does this working class neighborhood look today?

I went back to recapture Dave’s photo, but it seems he took his shot from an upper-story elevation on the western side of Mission Street. I couldn’t recreate that altitude, so this is what I got. (If you need a consistent point of reference, use on the barn-shaped house roughly in the middle of both images.)

Bernal NorthwestExecutive summary of the last 36 years? There’s been a whole lot of remodeling going on!

PHOTOS: Top, Dave Glass; bottom, Telstar Logistics

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3 Responses to Then and Now: Bernalwood’s Wild Wild West, 1975 vs. 2011

  1. You need a 20 foot tripod and a remote for your shutter!

    I love that barn — here it is at night (last shot).

  2. troy holden says:

    Dave is one of the hardest working photographers in San Francisco. His archive of photos over the past 30 or 40 years is a true civic treasure.

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