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Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268807

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268807.001.0001

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Metropolitan Scene

Metropolitan Scene

(p.174) Metropolitan Scene
San Francisco in the 1930s

David Kipen

University of California Press

Times Square and Picadilly Circus recall the metropolitan grandeur of New York and London. Although San Francisco has no single spectacular landmark by which the world may identify it, the greatest cities have long since welcomed it into their company. Portsmouth Square, the Palace Hotel, and the Ferry Building, which served successively as symbols of civic vanity, no longer resound with much more public clamor than many another plaza, hostelry, or terminal. Only Market Street accents for the casual observer San Francisco's character of a metropolis. Southwestward from the Ferry Building to the Twin Peaks Tunnel, Market Street's wide, unswerving diagonal bisects the city. Jasper O'Farrell's survey, a century ago, laid the foundation for Market Street's development. Long before the forty-niners paved it with planks, the tallow and hides of Peninsula ranchos rolled down its rutted trail in Mexican oxcarts to Yerba Buena Cove.

Keywords:   San Francisco, landmark, Portsmouth Square, Palace Hotel, Ferry Building, Market Street, metropolis, Jasper O'Farrell

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