“it used to be the silent city of the dead

And you’ll find only two bowling alleys left as economics crowd out large

frisco No drive ins. an absense of K mart. barely enough Sears. not a cemeteries. A snowboarding team with one foot in the U Haul. And now s. fransisco is down to its last two count ’em, Two bowling walkways.

particular, The City by the Bay definitely needs the Golden Gate Bridge. But almost everything else seems to be an endangered species.

"whether it ain’t got bowling, it cann

And you’ll find only two bowling alleys left as economics crowd out large

frisco No drive ins. an absense of K mart. barely enough Sears. not a cemeteries. A snowboarding team with one foot in the U Haul. And now s. fransisco is down to its last two count ’em, Two bowling walkways.

particular, The City by the Bay definitely needs the Golden Gate Bridge. But almost everything else seems to be an endangered species.

"whether it ain’t got bowling, it cannot be America, antics Gilbert Klein, Who runs the still standard "natural stone ‘n’ bowl" night time at Park Bowl, Which in addition to 40 lane Japantown Bowl is all that remains in a city that boasted more than a dozen alleys five decades ago.

The 22 lane Park Bowl is by the Haight Ashbury district, Erstwhile head office of the Summer of Love. The saturday and sunday rock ‘n’ bowl, Which has rock videos, A giant screen and songs blasted over a public address system, was likely "Successful immediately, Klein said. He encourages novices by pointing out that "Rock ‘n’ bowl doesn’t absolutely attract the pro circuit,

"It’s got bowling cool, he said, slightly.

Bowling is not the sole thing going down like tenpins. for anyone who is skating rinks (Frozen or thawed out) In San Francisco and only four public pools.

"There are a lot of things here that just have gone by the wayside, acknowledged Preston Cook, a real estate agent who follows urban land use.

"The endangered species are parking lots and gas stations and auto repair garages, he explained. "All these products that take up a big amount of space, The economics fail any more. i seeing some churches for sale recently, which is a new phenomenon,

using K mart’s Troy, Mich, headquarters, spokeswoman Mary Lorenz said the chain’s absence is nothing personal "We love the silicon valley area,

The problem is that land is too expensive, claimed Lorenz, Who noted that the corporate did park a K mart on Staten Island, A ferry ride away from populous manhattan, despite the fact that "We will not have one on Alcatraz,

When the ice skating rink moved out regarding green year ago, City inspector Willie B. Kennedy attemptedto stop it, But without results.

"the metropolis really didn’t try, She claimed.

While San Francisco retains a vibrant downtown shopping center with big stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom and a host of high priced boutiques, More banal shopping trips to big discounters not in the city means lost tax dollars, Kennedy mentioned.

The city took another blow to its civic center in January when the sf Giants announced they were going to San Jose if voters there agree to ante up new taxes for a stadium. problem? Candlestick Park is too windy and voters had thrown to the wolves proposals for a new city baseball stadium.

real estate, Or deficiency of it, Is the allure behind the city changes, Cook confirms.

"We’re a limited geographic area, 49 square miles, he said. "We have absolutely nowhere to flourish,

Nowhere is the city’s lack of space more vividly illustrated than in the story of its cemeteries.

in recent times, Stucco houses stand consecutive in the densely populated Richmond district where 147 acres of cemeteries once stretched toward the foggy shore of Ocean Beach.

"it was once the silent city of the dead, unquestionably the necropolis, exclaimed Joe Biernacki, broker of the Columbarium, A three story turn of the century building that holds over 8,000 cremated remains and is all that continues to be of the city’s dead past.

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