A fascinating pictorial bird’s-eye-view of San Francisco’s Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Showplace Square neighborhoods.
Industry first arrived at Dogpatch in the mid-1850s. The earliest residents were mostly European immigrants. Over time, Dogpatch became more industrialized and many residents moved up the hill to Potrero Hill, turning it into a residential neighborhood. It remained a working-class neighborhood until the mid-1990s when gentrification turned it into a mostly working professional neighborhood, zoned by the San Francisco Planning Department to include light industry and small businesses.
Showplace Square was originally developed as a warehouse and industrial district serving nearby port facilities, and is now the city’s locus for interior design and furniture.
The view captures a facet of life and business as it was, focusing on small businesses and restaurants, many which no longer exist or reflect what is already an earlier era.