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Posted April 5, 2001
This is the best guide book I have ever come across for in-depth coverage of San Francisco's out-of-the-way historic crannies. The chapters in the book focus on neighborhoods, and are formatted along walking tour routes. For example, the chapter on Haight Ashbury not only takes you through the district's '60s free-love past (the Drogstore, the Grateful Dead house, etc.), but also digs deeper into history, pointing out Edwardian and Victorian block homes built by turn-of-the-century San Franciscans while giving a glimpse into the living condtions and social strata in the city at that time. Also points out a beautiful gigantic cast-iron gate (created in the '70s, replete with description) that sits in front of a Victorian home off the beaten path of Haight St. -- something I surely would have overlooked if I'd just been hoofing it through the neighborhood without this guide. My favourite aspect of this book is that its walking tours take you past expensive places and hoity toity restaurants and tourist destinations, but you get enough of a heaping serving of SF history while afoot that you don't have to spend any money at all, if you don't want to, and still learn a whooooooooole lot about this city by the bay. If you can get your hands on it, by all means, snatch it up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.