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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Historic San Francisco Flooding Worse, Less Colorful Than Today's

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

You think that's bad? - NBC BAY AREA
San Francisco, at times, seems to be the Old Navy of cities. Cute, trendy — but it falls apart all too easily. A little rain and light wind and the trees come down. A flash rainstorm induces transit Armageddon

(San Francisco, however, isn't affordable, and doesn't clog up your email account with sale promotions, which is where the Old Navy analogy falters. In any event, a bit of overdue precipitation has people behaving like it's Galveston all over again here).

So, on a moist day like today, thank goodness for the indispensable @SF_Historian Twitter persona, who has unearthed a few photos of a waterlogged San Francisco of yore — back when water was really wet.  

Lest we find ourselves deluged by cease-and-desist letters from entities holding the rights to photographs we don't have the right to publish — along with this persistent rain — we'll merely link to the images of prior sinkholes and prior flooding (here, too!). 

Perhaps the message here is that this city has, in spite of itself, failed to fall apart or float away. In its way, San Francisco has always been an old Navy town

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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