A pre-boom San Francisco in the Outer Sunset

San Francisco has been called America’s original boomtown, and that moniker certainly applies to this supercharged moment in the city. From The Mission through South of Market and up into the Tenderloin, San Francisco is transforming itself yet again, with new skyscrapers and museums and all manner of restaurants and stores catering to the high-powered tech set.


Of course, the arrival of the new usually means some passing of the old, and with the opening of each sleek eatery or designer boutique, there likely goes a Lexington Club, the city’s last remaining lesbian bar, which closed in 2014, or a Coronet Theater or a Yoshi’s. And with real-estate costs continuing to climb – the city’s current median home price hovers over $1 million – more people are locked out of purchasing a house amid these hills.

That old San Francisco of memory, however, hasn’t completely disappeared from the city’s 47 square miles. From downtown, just hop on the N Judah Muni line headed to Ocean Beach, roll through Sunset Tunnel and you’ll emerge into overcast, wind-swept streets lined with unassuming Mexican restaurants, watering holes with old-school names like…

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