Having grown up in the Bay Area and lived in San Francisco during the 1970s, this book was an eye-opener. Kamiya explores different aspects of a city I thought were familiar, and makes me feel like it is a city that I barely know. The best thing about this book is how he writes about locations he loves with a personal eye, while integrating the history of the place as well as interesting sociological, geographical and sometimes geological attributes. This is a highly informative book and the personal observations are always heartfelt.
Great book giving you an in-depth look at the city of San Francisco. From it's past, creation, and events that make it what it is, the author covers it all . . . and then some.
Makes me want to visit the 49 specific sites that he gives the backstory for. Great read.
Well written and fascinating glimpse into nooks and crannies of San Francisco, with some history thrown in for good measure. I plan on using this as an off-the-beaten-path guidebook when I return to visit.
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