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Overview

P>Fodor's Exploring Guides are the most up-to-date, full-color guidebooks available. Covering destinations around the world, these guides are loaded with photos, essays on culture and history, descriptions of sights, and practical information. Full-color photos make this a great guide to buy if you're still planning your itinerary (let the photos help you choose!) and it's a perfect companion to a general guidebook, like a Fodor's Gold Guide.

All the great sights plus the history and anecdotes that bring them to life

• Extraordinary coverage of history and culture

• Itineraries, walks and excursions, on and off the beaten path

• Architecture and art

Practical tips and full-color maps and photos

• Getting there and getting around

• When to go and what to pack

• Quick tips on where to sleep in every price range

• Savvy restaurant picks for all budgets

Praise for Fodor's Exploring Guides

"Most travel guides are either beautiful or practical. This one is both." — New York Daily News

"Beautiful...and the depth of text is impressive." — San Diego Union Tribune

"Authoritatively written and superbly presented...worthy reading before, during, or after a trip." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"Concise, comprehensive, and colorful." — Washington Post

"Absolutely gorgeous. Fun, colorful, and sophisticated." — Chicago Tribune

The perfect traveling companion, Exploring San Francisco highlights the loveliest walks and the finest venues for shopping, eating and lodging, and delivers honest practical information, 21 maps and 300 photos, all in one full-color volume. An A to Z section outlines what to explore, covering both the hidden and the well-known sights.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679034766
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Series: Fodor's Exploring Guides Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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A Melting Pot

Italians

San Francisco holds the largest concentration of Italian-Americans in the U.S., and their impact on the city has been incalculable. Since the first wave of immigration in the 1880s, Italian names have become dominant in city politics and business. Although the Italian population is now spread throughout the city, scores of Italian restaurants and cafés are still found in North Beach, the city's original Italian district.

The Chinese

Largely through the racist restrictions which forced them into Chinatown during the late 1800s, San Francisco's Chinese have long been one of the largest and most visible elements in the city's ethnic mosaic. Traditionally, almost all have been of Cantonese origin, although the easing of Chinese immigration restrictions by the U.S. in 1965 brought settlers from some of the country's far-flung regions -- a fact evinced by the expanding selection of regional Chinese cuisines offered in Chinatown's many restaurants.

Chinatown may provide a spiritual home for San Francisco's Chinese, but many have departed for middle-class lifestyles in the Richmond District, where Clement Street holds some of the city's best Chinese bakeries and restaurants.

Filipinos

Strong links between the U.S. and the Philippines enabled Filipinos to study and work in America in comparatively large numbers. Many arrived during the 1920s to labor on California farms, while others achieved American academic qualifications which led to powerful positions in their homeland.

The Japanese

Since the end of World War II, when its Japanese-American population returned from internment camps, the Japanesecommunity of San Francisco has consistently numbered just under 2 percent of the city's total population, currently around 12,000. Few of them, however, actually live in Japantown, where Shinto and Buddhist temples, Japanese shops, restaurants, and social centers nevertheless provide a focal point for the community and a site for its festivals.

Southeast Asians

California's Asian population increased by a startling 127 percent in the 1980s, a significant proportion of the new arrivals coming from the countries of Southeast Asia. Recent waves of Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian immigration have resulted in a proliferation of new businesses -- mostly restaurants -- in the Tenderloin, carrying the promise of regeneration in this run-down neighborhood.

Latin Americans

Spanish is more prevalent than English on the busy streets of the Mission District, which was settled in the 1940s by a Latin American population lured northward by the prospect of work in shipyards and in other industries stimulated by the war. Latin Americans now comprise 15 percent of the total population; around 50,000 live in the Mission District.

Russians

The livestock of 19th-century Russian peasants who migrated to escape religious persecution became a feature of the Potrero Hill area until the late 1950s. More in evidence today are the cafés and bakeries dispensing Russian specialties in the Richmond District, which gained a significant community of urbanized Russian immigrants during the Soviet era. The neighborhood's magnificent Cathedral of the Holy Virgin is the main Russian Orthodox church in the western U.S.

Architecture

Early Structures

Protected from earthquake damage by its thick adobe walls, Mission Dolores dates with dignity from the 18th-century Spanish settlement and is easily the city's oldest structure. The only other evidence of Spanish-era building is a small section of adobe wall which forms part of the Presidio's Officers' Club.

Handsome Victorians

Architectural refinement was the last thing on most people's minds in Gold-Rush San Francisco, but among the great influx of arrivals aiming themselves at the gold fields were a number of highly trained architects who, when fortune eluded them, took up their trade in the growing city.

As new residential areas sprang up to house the booming city's more affluent population, innovations in mechanized carpentry were allowing wood to be shaped in ways previously impossible. San Francisco, by now the West Coast's major port, received shiploads of mail-order building materials, and pretty wood -- built Italianate homes -- modeled on Italian villas and commonly marked by extended porches and Corinthian columns -- arose during the 1860s as the favored dwellings of the wealthy.

Stick and Queen Anne

Through the 1870s and 1880s, the Stick style -- which involved the use of flat wooden boards to emphasize the building's vertical lines -- was increasingly favored over simple Italianate. Desire for greater ornamentation led to a prevalence of Stick-Eastlake homes, so named for their elaborate decoration inspired by the work of British designer Charles Eastlake.

By the 1880s, the extravagant towers, turrets, and sharply gabled roofs of the Queen Anne style were popular in high society. Each decorative flourish -- stained-glass windows were a definite plus -- was seen as an indication of the owner's financial standing.

Approximately 14,000 Victorian houses survived the 1906 earthquake and fire -- as well as more recent efforts by developers to raze them -- and roughly half have been fully restored by their owners. The main groupings of these wood-built houses are found in Pacific Heights, the Western Addition, Haight-Ashbury, the Mission District, and Russian Hill.

Commercial Building

The fire which followed the 1906 earthquake destroyed much of the city, including the Financial District and the area around it. Forsaking stone walls for terracotta façades and adapting classical themes into what became a new American urban architecture, the rebuilding of the Financial District was characterized by ground-level glass fronts intended for retail purposes and upper stories holding office space. Of numerous remaining examples, some of the best are on the lower sections of Sutter Street and Grant Avenue.

In 1925, the completion of the Pacific Telephone Building, its cultured profile still visible just south of Market Street, heralded another new look -- one of stepped-back towers and art deco decoration echoing Eliel Saarinen's award-winning Tribune Tower in Chicago. Though stunted by the Depression of the 1930s, this phase of building began studding the Financial District with tall towers which poked above surrounding rooftops to become visible from all over the city.

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Table of Contents

Quick Reference

My San Francisco, by Mick Sinclair

San Francisco Is: Discusses aspects of life and living today, from environmental concerns to politics.

A Melting Pot

Physical Pursuits

Politics

Film

Architecture

Environmental Concerns

Homelessness

Festivals and Events

San Francisco Was: Places the city in its historical context and explores those past events whose influences are felt to this day.

Formed

Native inhabitants

Founded

The Gold Rush

Growing Pains

Characters

Destroyed

Rebuilt and Prosperous

Counterculture

A to Z: Covers places to visit, with suggested walks and excursions, and lists itineraries, tips for those on a tight budget, and sightseeing ideas for children. Within this section fall the Focus On articles, which consider a variety of topics in greater detail.

Area Overview

Itineraries

Excursions

Accommodations

Food and Drink

Shopping

Nightlife

Children's San Francisco

San Francisco for Free

Upscale San Francisco

Focus On

Views

Berkeley Campus

Gay and Lesbian Life

The Chinese

Bars

Boat Trips

Guided Walking Tours

The Irish

Parks

The Flower Power Era

The Asian Art Museum

The Hispanic Population

Afternoon Tea

Cafés

Oakland Museum

Literary Landmarks

San Francisco Media

Sports

Adolph Sutro

Coit Tower

Walks

Chinatown

Financial District

Fisherman'sWharf

Haight-Ashbury

Mission District

North Beach

Drives

Gold Country and Lake Tahoe

Marin County

The Monterey Peninsula

The Northern Coast

The San Francisco Peninsula

The Wine Country

Travel Facts: Contains the practical information that is vital for a successful trip.

Arriving and Departing

Essential Facts

Getting Around

Communications

Emergencies

Other Information

Tours and Tourist Offices

Hotels and Restaurants: Lists recommended establishments in San Francisco, giving a brief description of what they offer.

Index

Picture Credits and Contributors
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