San Francisco's Glen Park and Diamond Heights
  • San Francisco's Glen Park and Diamond Heights
  • San Francisco's Glen Park and Diamond Heights

San Francisco's Glen Park and Diamond Heights

by Emma Bland Smith
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions


Hemmed in by steep hills, Glen Park is defined by its quintessentially San Franciscan topography. Only 120 years ago this area, as well as neighboring Diamond Heights, was part of the "Outside Lands," so

isolated that only farmers would settle here. Life revolved around Islais Creek, which ran through the canyon and provided water for the dairies. Then, in 1892,

…  See more details below

Overview


Hemmed in by steep hills, Glen Park is defined by its quintessentially San Franciscan topography. Only 120 years ago this area, as well as neighboring Diamond Heights, was part of the "Outside Lands," so

isolated that only farmers would settle here. Life revolved around Islais Creek, which ran through the canyon and provided water for the dairies. Then, in 1892, a German immigrant named Behrend Joost founded the city's first electric streetcar to shuttle residents to jobs downtown, and a neighborhood was born. As peak-roofed wooden cottages and houses began to fill in the valleys, the urban, homey, and decidedly livable Glen Park that we know today began to emerge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738547510
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/18/2007
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,373,769
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


San Francisco native Emma Bland Smith grew up only a few miles--but several hills--from Glen Park. For this historical survey of one of San Francisco's "cities within a city" (locals call the small but bustling commercial crossroads "the village"), she interviewed passionate amateur historians and asked residents to scour their basements for old photographs. Poignant black-and-white pictures tell a story of a real neighborhood where immigrant families could afford to live both in the city yet in relative peace.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >