While we used BART to get to the Mission District, we used Lyft to get back. What was the extra cost for using an on demand ride hailing service? Zero. If fact, Lyft might have been less expensive. For a compact city like San Fransisco, the ride hailing worked really well. Our destination? The Ferry Building.
The Ferry Building is a triumph of restoration. When originally built in 1898 and until the 1950’s, it was a key part of downtown San Francisco. An ill-conceived highway cut the building off from the city. But after the 1989 earthquake, the city removed the damaged highway, restoring its connection back to downtown. In 2002, it was full restored and a marketplace was created on the ground floor. As you can see, it is very popular.
These fancy shops in the Ferry Building couldn’t be more different from the everyday neighborhood stores in the Mission District. Instead of staple meat and fruit markets, this place has an artisanal mushroom shop. However, what they do have in common, it seems, is the lack of many chain stores. Most of these shops seem to be small businesses serving a market. A very different market from the Mission District, but independent stores, nevertheless.
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2 thoughts on “Ferry Building Blur”
Mariposa and Prather Ranch Meats aren’t exactly small retailers, but they’re not Crate and Barrel or Outback Steakhouse either. I think what you’d really enjoy is the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Spiffed up a bit, but still authentic. Cruise the vendors list on the Reading Terminal Market website when you have nothing better to do.
Yes, I should have qualified it as national chains stores and I’m a lot more sympathetic to smaller regional chain stores.
I’ve been to Reading Terminal Market a while ago and yes, I love that place. I shot some pictures back then but not nearly as much as I do now.