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Articles by Frank Dunnigan
Streetwise: Buttered Popcorn Days
Memories of San Francisco Movie Theatres
( Feb 28, 2018)
Streetwise: This or That?
The either/or choices one had in days gone by.
( Jan 30, 2018)
Streetwise: Looking Back to 1918
San Francisco Life One Hundred Years Ago.
( Dec 28, 2017)
Streetwise: Remembering a Life Well-Lived
More memories of Paul Rosenberg
( Nov 30, 2017)
Streetwise: Giving Thanks in 2017
Remembering San Franciscan Paul Rosenberg.
( Oct 27, 2017)
Streetwise: My Love Affair with SFPL
A paean to libraries over six decades.
( Oct 2, 2017)
Streetwise: Valente, Marini, Perata
The closing of a long-term San Francisco funeral home.
( Sep 11, 2017)
History of an Ocean Avenue school made of other schools.
( Sep 1, 2017)
Streetwise: Lorri Ungaretti
Profile of author and west side historian Lorri Ungaretti.
( Aug 1, 2017)
Streetwise: Happy Birthday Stonestown
Memories of a pioneer San Francisco shopping center and its many different stores.
( Jun 29, 2017)
Marking the first hundred columns of Streetwise.
( Jun 3, 2017)
Streetwise: Remembering When
The little clues in obituaries that identified old-time San Franciscans.
( Apr 28, 2017)
Streetwise: Time it Was, 1967
Memories of San Francisco as it was fifty years ago.
( Mar 29, 2017)
Streetwise: San Francisco‘s Women Supervisors
A list of women who have served on San Francisco‘s Board of Supervisors.
( Mar 1, 2017)
Streetwise: A Corner of History
The story of Stern Grove.
( Jan 29, 2017)
Streetwise: Back Home Again
The past and future of Parkmerced.
( Jan 1, 2017)
Streetwise: Fast Away the Old Year Passes
Memories of neighborhood christmases through one house for sale.
( Nov 30, 2016)
Streetwise: When I'm 64
Returning to St. Cecilia School for 50th eighth grade class reunion.
( Nov 3, 2016)
Streetwise: Neighborhood Shopping
The transition of shopping from the corner store to downtown to online.
( Oct 16, 2016)
Streetwise: Ghost Streetcar Lines
Retired west side streetcar lines remembered
( Sep 10, 2016)
Streetwise: Stanyan Street Days
St. Ignatius High School school days in the late 1960s.
( Aug 13, 2016)
Streetwise: Outstanding Monuments
Statues, memorials, and west side monuments in San Francisco.
( Jul 16, 2016)
Streetwise: Summer in the City
Signs and Rituals of Summer's Arrival in San Francisco.
( Jun 30, 2016)
Streetwise: Birth of a Bridge
The story of the creation of the Golden Gate Bridge.
( May 23, 2016)
Streetwise: Rites of Spring
Rituals and signs of spring in the past and present San Francisco.
( Apr 24, 2016)
Streetwise: Final Services Will Be Held
Last rites for a longtime San Francisco funeral director company.
( Mar 20, 2016)
Streetwise: Out for a Walk
The pedestrian experience in the city, then and now.
( Feb 20, 2016)
Streetwise: Gone But Not Forgotten
Local celebrities and personalities that San Franciscans had a wave and a smile for.
( Jan 23, 2016)
Streetwise: Just Like the Ones I Used to Know
Preparing for Christmas on the west side in years past.
( Dec 14, 2015)
Streetwise: Thanksgiving Traditions
Homemade and store-bought eatables that can't be forgotten each year.
( Nov 19, 2015)
Streetwise: Water, Water, Everywhere
San Francisco's water system, reservoirs, and hydrants.
( Oct 19, 2015)
Streetwise: MUNI Memories
Riding the Municipal Railway of San Francisco.
( Sep 12, 2015)
Streetwise: Westside Watering Holes
Remembering the bars, taverns, and pubs in western San Francisco.
( Aug 15, 2015)
Streetwise - Then and Now
Changing times are nothing new.
( Jul 6, 2015)
Streetwise: Long Live the King
Remembering King Norman and his kingdom of toys.
( May 30, 2015)
Streetwise: First Home Sweet Home
Getting your first place in 1970s San Francisco.
( May 12, 2015)
Streetwise: Making a Splash
San Francisco swimming pools, past and present
( Apr 7, 2015)
Streetwise: Hometown Tourist
How to be a hometown tourist in San Francisco.
( Mar 8, 2015)
Streetwise - Deep Underground
The tunnels of San Francisco
( Feb 7, 2015)
Streetwise - The Last Mom
Saying goodbye to the forty-kids-a-block days and the Moms that held them together.
( Jan 5, 2015)
Streetwise - Gifts Given and Gifts Received
Giving is better remembered than receiving during the holidays.
( Nov 29, 2014)
Streetwise - Good Neighbor Sam
Remembering Parkside Pharmacy and the good man who ran it.
( Nov 8, 2014)
Streetwise - Workin' Nine to Five
Finding that first steady job in 1960s San Francisco.
( Sep 29, 2014)
Streetwise: Pleated Skirts and Starched Collars
Memories of Catholic School Dress Codes.
( Sep 1, 2014)
Streetwise - Stairways to the Stars
Turning Golden Gate Heights stairways into works of art.
( Aug 6, 2014)
Streetwise - Sweet Memories
Remembering the tastes and aromas of a well-loved Taraval Street bakery.
( Jun 28, 2014)
Streetwise - Carefree Highway
The rite of passage of getting a driver's license isn't what it once was.
( Jun 2, 2014)
Streetwise - That's Entertainment
West side school plays and musicals that resonante decades later.
( May 1, 2014)
Streetwise - Stop, Look, Listen
The School Safety Patrol lives on in San Francisco
( Mar 30, 2014)
Streetwise - The Beat Goes On
Teen clubs and bands from the west side of San Francisco in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
( Mar 12, 2014)
Streetwise - Our Daily Bread
Western San Francisco groceries and markets of the past.
( Jan 31, 2014)
Streetwise - Savoring the Past
Memories and recipe resurrection from The Hot House restaurant at Playland.
( Jan 4, 2014)
Streetwise - Making Spirits Bright
Remembering 18th Avenue's holiday lighting tradition
( Dec 1, 2013)
Streetwise - A Life of Active Duty
Fort Miley, the VA, and the story of one west side veteran.
( Nov 9, 2013)
Streetwise - Still Shopping
More favorite businesses remembered in the Outside Lands neighborhoods
( Oct 12, 2013)
Streetwise - House Rules
Classic and some timeless differences of opinions in the Outside Lands.
( Aug 31, 2013)
Streetwise - The Sword of Time
Time waits for no man and the mulitaskers have inherited the earth.
( Aug 3, 2013)
Streetwise - Let's Go Shopping!
Western San Francisco businesses serving locals and run by neighbors.
( Jul 4, 2013)
Streetwise - Everything Old is New Again
Campuses, places of worship, and facilities fifty years old but still called new.
( Jun 4, 2013)
Streetwise - Happy Birthday Mr. Zip
How Mr. Zip and the Zone Improvement Plan Gave us a New Sense of Place.
( May 8, 2013)
Streetwise: Breaking Away
What was once new is now old and often gone.
( Apr 4, 2013)
Streetwise: The Forward Pass
Remembering Mrs. S and the stain of World War II Japanese Internment.
( Mar 6, 2013)
Streetwise: War and Peace in the Outside Lands
Farallon Islands Egg War of 1863
( Feb 4, 2013)
Streetwise - Going, Going, Gone
What was once commonplace, now gone.
( Jan 5, 2013)
Streetwise - When the Twin Peaks Tunnel had Stockings
Holiday decorating traditions in the Outside Lands.
( Dec 6, 2012)
Streetwise: The Ways We Give Thanks
Thanksgiving dinner table traditions
( Nov 5, 2012)
Streetwise: Playtime in the Avenues
Children's games and activities of the past in the Outside Lands
( Oct 2, 2012)
Streetwise - Back-to-School Days
Returning to University of San Francisco forty years later
( Sep 2, 2012)
Streetwise - The Ties that Bind
San Francisco families are more connected than can sometimes be believed.
( Jul 29, 2012)
Streetwise - Dearly Departed #2
Remembering San Francisco burial rituals and customs.
( Jun 26, 2012)
Streetwise - Streets of the Outside Lands
A quiz on the lesser known byways of western San Francisco.
( May 25, 2012)
Streetwise - San Francisco A-B-C's, Part 2
Alphabetical basics for old time San Franciscans.
( May 1, 2012)
Streetwise - San Francisco A-B-C's, Part 1
The A to Z choices made by oldtime San Franciscans.
( Apr 3, 2012)
Streetwise - Rise and Shine
What's for breakfast in the Outside Lands, past and present.
( Mar 1, 2012)
Streetwise - Here No More
Noting what's changed in the past forty years and what hasn't.
( Feb 7, 2012)
Streetwise - Ringing Out the Old
New Year's Eve and Day traditions for one very extended family.
( Dec 31, 2011)
Streetwise - Tis the Season
Holiday memories in the Outside Lands and Greater San Francisco.
( Nov 27, 2011)
Streetwise - Some Light Bedtime Reading
Memories of books and bookstores on the west side
( Oct 31, 2011)
Streetwise - The Long & Winding Road
Various west side transit and road improvement projects from the 1930s to the 1970s.
( Oct 1, 2011)
Streetwise - On the Road Again
As a Labor Day extra, Frank Dunnigan remembers the family's trip from the Parkside to Marineland and Disneyland.
( Sep 4, 2011)
Streetwise - In the Good Ol' Summertime
Memories of escaping foggy San Francisco for the Marin Town and Country Club
( Aug 28, 2011)
Streetwise - 19th Ave, the Long & Short of it
Memories and images of 19th Avenue from Golden Gate Park to the county line.
( Jul 28, 2011)
Streetwise - FDR & the Knotty Pine Room
Remembering the good times in basement-level knotty pine rooms.
( Jul 2, 2011)
Streetwise - Ocean Avenue Crawl
Businesses and landmarks of Ocean Avenue remembered.
( May 29, 2011)
Streetwise - Unspoken Facts
Some things everyone who lived in west SF knew without saying.
( Apr 22, 2011)
Streetwise - Some Defining Moments
Points in time that resonate in western San Francisco.
( Mar 30, 2011)
Streetwise - The Generational Wave Goodbye
The passing of a generation of helpful aunts, and a few uncles.
( Feb 25, 2011)
Streetwise - Parks & Playgrounds, Circles & Squares
Remembering west side parks and playgrounds.
( Jan 23, 2011)
Streetwise - The Finest, the Greatest, the Best
A remembrance of St. Cecilia's Monsignor Harold Collins.
( Dec 19, 2010)
Streetwise - Outside Looking In
Small and Big Changes in the Neighborhood, but one thing stays the same.
( Nov 18, 2010)
Streetwise - Richmond Ramble
One man's memories of businesses and institutions in the Richmond District.
( Oct 18, 2010)
Streetwise - School Rules
Codes of Conduct at San Francisco Catholic High Schools have changed.
( Sep 20, 2010)
Streetwise - Irving Insights
Memories of Irving Street businesses
( Aug 18, 2010)
Streetwise - Noriega Neighbors
A walk down Noriega Street and Memory Lane
( Jul 6, 2010)
Streetwise - The Taraval Trail
A walk down Taraval Street and Memory Lane
( Jun 11, 2010)
Streetwise - Western Words of Wisdom
Life advice gathered over the decades
( May 10, 2010)
Streetwise - Who's Been Working on the Railroad?
Jobs of yore in the Outside Lands
( Mar 29, 2010)
Streetwise - Out on the Back Forty (Feet)
Remembering life in west side backyards.
( Feb 23, 2010)
Streetwise - Country Roads, Take Me Home
Leaving San Francisco, but still San Franciscans at heart.
( Jan 26, 2010)
Streetwise - Thanksgiving Rituals in the Outside Lands
Holiday rituals, recipes, and meals remembered.
( Nov 16, 2009)
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