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The Neighborhoods Include:

Richmond District

(North of Golden Gate Park, south of the Presidio, bounded by the ocean and Arguello Boulevard.)
Includes: Sea Cliff, Presidio Terrace, and we occasionally go east as far as Masonic Avenue.)
Recent Richmond District Additions
  • Podcast # 367: Tacoma Street

    Tacoma Street is an enigmatic dead-end off 15th Avenue in the Richmond. Why are the lots so unusually angled? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 29, 2020)
  • Podcast # 366: Argonne Elementary School

    In 2020, Argonne Elementary School celebrates the 100 year anniversary of its dedication in 1920. Near and dear to Western Neighborhoods Project, Woody shares a story of a his relative's connection to the school. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 22, 2020)
  • Podcast # 361: Campfire Girls Building

    Ninety years ago, the Camp Fire Girls Building was dedicated, beginning its long service shaping and educating both the girls and boys of San Francisco's West side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 17, 2020)
  • Podcast # 359: Year in Review 2019

    A fond look back at the momentous events, milestones, and change at Western Neighborhoods Project and OpenSFHistory.org in 2019. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 4, 2020)
  • Podcast # 357: King Norman's Kingdom of Toys

    Before the big box stores, King Norman's Kingdom of Toys ruled. From its humble beginnings on Clement, the store grew into a toy empire including an amusement park and even a local TV show for kids. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 21, 2019)
  • Podcast # 348: The Anderson Sisters School of Dance

    Jack Anderson's talented sisters, Lenore and Jean, owned and operated the Anderson Sisters School of Dance on Clement Street. Learn which beloved actor performed there early in their career. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 12, 2019)

Sunset District

(South of Golden Gate Park, north of Sloat Boulevard, bounded by the ocean on the west and Stanyan Street/Golden Gate Heights on the east.)
Includes: Parkside, Golden Gate Heights, Parkway Terrace.
Recent Sunset District Additions
  • SF Ice Arena

    The story of the Outer Sunset's 48th Avenue Ice Rink ( Jan 24, 2020)
  • Podcast # 352: The Nightclubs of 3595 Taraval

    The building at 46th and Taraval has an unexpectedly colorful, if not checkered, past. What is that two-story silo on the corner? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 9, 2019)
  • Podcast # 351: Breon Gate

    You can appreciate the Breon Gate the next time you're waiting for the light on 19th Avenue and Lincoln. But what is its origin? Who built it and when? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 1, 2019)
  • Podcast # 349: Cutting Through Golden Gate Park - Part 1

    Nineteenth Avenue began its transformation from a residential street into six lane highway in the 1930s. Learn about the driving forces behind the expansion. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 19, 2019)
  • Podcast # 339: The Wreck of the Reporter

    One Ocean Beach shipwreck the city turned out for in 1902. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 10, 2019)
  • Podcast # 331: San Francisco Ice Arena

    The mid-block skating rink that operated on 48th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton Streets from the 1920s to the 1990s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 15, 2019)
Recent West of Twin Peaks Additions

OMI

Includes: Ingleside, Ocean View, Merced Heights, Ingleside Terraces.
Recent OMI Additions

Lake Merced

Includes: Lakeside, Parkmerced, Stonestown, Lakeshore
Recent Lake Merced Additions
  • Podcast # 358: Merced Heights

    Merced Heights was one of the few, post-war, housing developments to sell to African-American families in the 40s. Learn more about this lesser-known Heights located near San Francisco State University. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 28, 2019)
  • Podcast # 326: Truck Farms

    Italian truck farms on the west side of the city, leased by "I Giardinieri" (the gardeners), fed San Francisco for decades. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 11, 2019)
  • San Francisco's Lake Merced: Spring Valley Water

    The history of San Francisco's Lake Merced from 1870s to 1930 ( Jan 28, 2019)
  • Podcast # 304: Lakeshore Park

    Woody, David, & Nicole tell the story of the Gellert Brothers-built neighborhood that sits between two lakes and was the home of the mysterious GET. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 8, 2018)
  • Streetwise: Celebrating San Francisco State

    The university beside Lake Merced turns 65. ( Aug 23, 2018)
  • Podcast # 269: Merced Manor

    Marketed as "The White City," the housing development between Stern Grove and Stonestown was built in Spanish style during the Depression. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 31, 2018)