In the past, we’ve written about the history of the Richmond name and the sometimes sticky distinctions between the Inner and Outer neighborhoods, but do you ever wonder how old these terms […]
‘The Front Steps’: Whatever Happened To First Avenue?
It’s no surprise that they got rid of 13th Avenue in 1917–people are a superstitious lot, after all. And you might not know if there was ever a 49th Avenue instead of […]
‘The Front Steps’: Tracking Down the Oldest House In Sea Cliff
Here at the Front Steps we remain persistently divided over whether or not Sea Cliff is really part of the Richmond. But we still like writing about it anyway, because it is […]
‘The Front Steps’: Is the Central Richmond a Real Neighborhood?
Not to stir things up around here, but it’s about time someone addresses this head-on. Historically, the division between Inner Richmond and Outer Richmond along 19th Avenue has remained pretty consistent; reference […]
‘The Front Steps’: When the Richmond Wasn’t the Richmond
You might not believe that the Richmond has only technically been called “the Richmond” for about a dozen years now, but it’s true. Neighborhood names and boundaries are usually quite subjective, but […]
‘The Front Steps’: Meet the Hanson Residence, Outer Richmond’s Only Landmark
San Francisco has 292 city-designated historic landmarks. While most SF neighborhoods sport at least a handful of historic hotspots, and the Inner Richmond boasts half a dozen in its own right, in […]
‘The Front Steps’: The Richmond is SF’s Most Deceptively Historic Neighborhood
Housing is not just housing; housing is history. And in San Francisco, the Richmond District packs more history per city block than almost any other neighborhood. Historians often have an eastern neighborhoods […]