Category Archives: Then and Now

Then and Now: The View from a Horse Pasture on Mission Near Precita

Bernalwood has received another photo shared from the family albums of Greg Dabel, the great, great grandson of Joseph McTigue, who owned a saddlery business that occupied the site that is now home to El Rio during the first decades … Continue reading

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Neighbor David Talbot Laments the Tech-Fueled Gentrification of Bernal Heights

Yesterday’s post about the impact the Silicon Valley commuter shuttle network is having on Bernal Heights pairs neatly with the article by Bernal neighbor David Talbot that appears on the cover of the current issue of San Francisco magazine. Under … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Peralta Overlook, 1982 vs. 2011

When we geek-out on then-and-now photos here in Bernalwood, we usually end up marveling at how dramatically the neighborhood has changed in such a relatively short span of time. But here’s one view that’s hardly changed at all: Peralta just … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Precita Park at Alabama, 1928 vs. 2011

Here’s a fun one-two punch from the Bernalwood Time Machine. The photo above shows the corner of Precita and Alabama, at the eastern end of Precita Park, as it looked in 1928. Here’s how it looks now: Comparing the images, … Continue reading

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Then And Now: What Became of Those “Working Class Houses” on Hampshire Street?

Last week Bernalwood introduced you to Dave Glass, a wonderful San Francisco photographer who has amassed a continuous body of work that dates back to the 1960s. Now it’s time for another installment of the Dave Glass Bernal Heights Then-And-Now … Continue reading

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Then and Now: The Subtle-Yet-Significant Evolution of Peralta at Rutledge, 1982 vs. 2010

Dave Glass (aka Dizzy Atmosphere on Flickr) is a San Francisco photographer who has been at the game since the 1960s. His work is excellent, and he probably has more great photos tucked away in his film archives than many … Continue reading

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Space-Time Rupture Reveals San Jose Boulevard In 1929

Through the miracle of Photoshop, Bernal resident Craig Butz has created a series of images that superimpose historic photographs over contemporary shots. These depict the Bernal Cut — a major infrastructure project completed back in the days when we still … Continue reading

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Ribeltad Vorden: Bernal’s Most Notorious Spelling Mistake

In 1996 when Brady and I moved to an apartment on the 3200 block of Folsom street just up from Precita Park, my brother-in-law immediately said we were right across the street from an old hang-out from his biker days.  … Continue reading

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Breaking News, 1969: A House Explodes in Bernal Heights

KPIX Eyewitness News report from October 23rd 1969 by Ben Williams in San Francisco featuring the explosion of a residential house, caused by a gas leak. Includes interviews with witnesses, the fire service and views of property wreckage. Sad to … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Bernal Hill As Seen from Army/Chesar Chavez

I stumbled across the photo above a few years ago. It shows the corner of South Van Ness Avenue at Army (Cesar Chavez) as it looked in 1953, shortly after the completion of the now-infamous widening that turned Army into … Continue reading

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