Noe Valley – Bringing You Blight Since 1945
“San Francisco is an old city. Much of it is built of wood. The areas of obvious blight and decay are generally those spared by the 1906 fire. Here buildings 40, 50, and 60 years old are crowded together. They have been patched, repaired, and changed into apartments, stores, rooming houses, and garages. The districts in which these conditions are found are convenient to the business and industrial centers. Streets, schools, and utilities are all in. The land is gently sloping, the climate excellent. But the future of this once valuable property will be dark until the old structures can be scrapped and attractive new buildings adapted to modern needs can be built on the land.”
Eric brings us the blighted Noe Valley in 1945:
“Blight disfigures San Francisco, drives people out of the city, interferes with business and industrial development, lowers the value of good property, increases the costs of government. An attractive, new city can be built by reclaiming blighted areas.”
This is 1945, looking north on Sanchez, with Duncan on the bottom and 25th on the top:
Link to today via Microsoft’s birdseye view, but for easy comparison let us zoom in and see the utopian vision brought on by the sweeping aside of blight and decay, with so many chang… err, wait… I think only one building turned over.
Oh, lazy post-war San Franciscans. You missed your chance to reubuild a glorious and shiny future! History clearly will curse you for ignoring those fateful words of the wise 1945 planners — this once valuable property will be dark until the old structures can be scrapped and attractive new buildings adapted to modern needs.
Poor, poverty-stricken Noe Valley, worth nothing.
Makes you wonder what Fillmore and the Western Addition would have been like had the city not so generously redeveloped it.