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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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Latin Quarter: Telegraph Hill and North Beach

Latin Quarter: Telegraph Hill and North Beach

(p.236) Latin Quarter: Telegraph Hill and North Beach
San Francisco in the 1930s

David Kipen

University of California Press

Between the two steep hills that loom abruptly from the Peninsula's northeastern bulge—on the east, Telegraph Hill; on the west, Russian Hill—ringed with their tiers of buildings, a narrow valley runs northwestward from the fringes of the financial district to the water front of North Beach. Along its bottom cuts the diagonal of Columbus Avenue, which begins among the clustering shops, cafes, and night clubs at the southern base of Telegraph Hill and ends among the gasworks, warehouses, and smokestacks at the northern base of Russian Hill. Seen in summer weather, under a hot blue sky, the district is reminiscent of some Mediterranean seaside village spilling to the water from steep heights. Seen when the billowing mists of a smoky twilight stream down the slopes, it has the look of a sprawling hillside town of northern Italy.

Keywords:   Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, North Beach, Mediterranean, Italy

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