Category Archive: History

Apr 30

Curbed.com reveals possible future of University Mound Nursery

Since the Portola Planet launched a few months ago, sf.curbed.com has wonderfully picked up on many of our stories. It therefore only makes sense to return the favor. Their recent article on the University Mound Nursery tempts us with the possibility that;  …in the last decade, the Recreation and Parks Department has considered purchasing the lot. …

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Apr 28

SOLD! Who bought 460 Hamilton Street?

Our trusty, local realtor, Joan Loeffler, has turned me onto a rumor that someone just paid over $600,000 in cash for the above. A building with no finished interior walls, bare unprepared floor boards and a rear part of the house that needs a lot of work (Just look at the photos at the bottom of …

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Apr 06

View the Portola from the skies in 1938

DR-COM-Palega-Park-and-Freeways

Inspired by photos of the Portola from the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), which had been indexed and combined with a Google Map, I started to look for more visual evidence of Portola history. It didn’t take many searches to stumble onto a set of images akin to Google Maps 1938 style. In 1938, somebody was mad …

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Mar 27

Take a walk into the Portola of the past

OldSF-Portola

While researching a few things for the blog, I stumbled across a fantastic website that provides a map to view all the photographs that are publicly available from the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), http://www.oldsf.org/. Essentially two smart and very dedicated people (@danvdk and @ravejk) either manually or via some clever code associated each image …

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Mar 27

Palega Park improvements begin with ceremonial ground breaking

David Campos joins SF park officials to break the ground for new Palega Park improvements

It poured with rain last week when San Francisco Park representatives, our local supervisor David Campos and a small selection of weather faring locals came together to kick off the 21 million dollars worth of park improvements. But the weather didn’t dampen (groan) the event and there was a big round of applause as we …

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Dec 23

“POR’ da lah” or “Por TOE’ la”?

Library how to pronounce Portola

During the research for this blog I met quite a few new people within the neighborhood. Some of them corrected me on my pronunciation of the name Portola. Even when my wife and I were looking into the area before we purchased a house, we would often ask people how it was pronounced and we …

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Dec 22

Out the Road and Other Portola Stories, a movie

While researching for information about our neighborhood I came across a group of local artists. One of which is a filmmaker by the name of Gustavo Vazquez. He travelled around taking photos and talking to locals which resulted in a movie all about the area. The YouTube clip below is a 5 minute trailer. If …

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