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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 # 388: 4-Star Theatre

    We miss theatre popcorn! Continuing our long-running series about West Side movie theatres, this week's we recall the history of the still extant, 4-Star Theatre. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 18, 2020)
  • 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)

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
  • Podcast # 390: Zakheim Murals at UCSF

    The New-Deal era, Bernard Zakheim murals at UC San Francisco are in imminent danger of being destroyed. Portraying the history of medicine, ten frescoes are displayed in UC Hall, which will soon be demolished as plans for a new hospital and research center on the site take shape. This week's pod discusses the artists and how you can comment in favor of the murals' preservation. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 1, 2020)
  • 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)
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)