Growing by the Bay

Frisco Vista: Inaugural Post

Recently I stopped at the book sales section of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library and, on a whim, I picked up a copy of a major guidebook to San Francisco. Full of howlers, it brought hours of amusement. But then I thought, “Is this the best we can do for our visitors and residents?” I’ve lived and worked in the Bay Area for more than thirty years, and over that time I’ve explored a lot of its nooks and crannies, from the great swimming beach up by Inverness to the best falafels in town, on Clement Steet. I’ve also worked with a lot of area artists and writers. So in this site I’ll share a little what I know, and over time I hope to offer some insights from others as well. It will take a little time, but I hope that this will grow into one of the best sites for anyone whose travel plans include San Francisco and Northern California.

Meanwhile, here are a few links to get started:

San Francisco via Wikipedia
San Francisco travel via Wikitravel
San Francisco travel via Technorati
Visit California via California Travel and Tourism Commission
The San Francisco Bay Trail Project (pdf format)
CitySearch San Francisco
Offiicial San Francisco City and County Web Page


Beautiful, delicious


  1. Deborah

    A bit more info on that bookstore in the Main Library you mention. The bookstore is run by the FRIENDS of the San Francisco Public Library not the library. Friends, a not-for-profit organization, rents the space and provided the staff and volunteers. The books are donated and NOT library books. Friends operates a much larger–and just as popular–bookstore in the Fort Mason Center as well.

    Beautiful photographs, by the way!

  2. Thanks, Deborah. I also have something about the library here.

    Also, check out these libraries.

    I haven’t revisited this inaugural post in a long time!

  3. Do you review San Francisco-oriented books here, Tom? Such as the one just out by San Franciscans me and Markos Kounalakis, based on our San Francisco-based radio show, with an introduction by San Francisco-based satirist Will Durst, published by Sausalito-based PoliPoint? (Hope Is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era) Cheers, Peter

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