Colonialism and racism and gentrification and waffles

Reader Amy Y. has been following a little spat being played out on the facade of Linea Caffe (which houses the waffle shop Lt. Waffle). It started with a little promotional signage featuring the visage of some Belgian guy from history, which begat an angry flyer:

Here’s the rant up close:

And the response from the Lt. Waffle crew:

Gotta love that Anthony Myint. (And daaaaaaaaamn, those waffles.)

(Thanks, Amy!)

Tartine and Bi-Rite a million years ago

[Photos courtesy of SF History Center / SF Public Library, via Katy Hill]

Back when the most expensive concert ticket in town was Led Zeppelin

And it was $11.50.

Tonight you can see an LCD Soundsystem *cover band* at Verdi Club for $15.

[via Emma]

Double-decker Golden Gate Bridge

I think we’ve probably seen this before, but it’s been making the rounds on Tumblr again lately, and in light of today’s bummer bridge news I thought we could all just take it in once again and think happy thoughts :)

[via Bone Surf]

1974 at Paco’s Tacos

Mission Local made a great new video with archival footage from 1974 and brought some of the people back to continue the interview in present day. More context and discussion on their site.

Rail bridge over Dolores Street

UPDATE: Lots more info over at Burrito Justice.

Back when Amoeba was a bowling alley

[via Amoeba]

I remember Valencha

In a post called “I Remember Valencha,” local blog Ticklefight takes a look back at a Valencia Street of the not-so-distant past:

KFC used to own this stretch and they knew it. For blocks and blocks you could smell it, sometimes all the way up to the other KFC on 14th or the Taco Bell near Saint Luke’s.

The 26 would get you all over, that is if it ever showed up. Plenty of seats and hardly any riff-raff.

The Gardens on 15th were a jungle and you stayed away if you could because you knew better.

Read on for the scoop on $2 slices and some pondering about the future of La Rondalla.

Also, let’s all be sure to read former Mission Mission editor Kat Malinowska’s stirring remembrance of the 26-Valencia (sample excerpt: “Riding the 26 always made me feel like I was taking public transit in Santa Barbara”).

Bars on Mission Street at the turn of last century harbored even more mustaches than bars of today

As Patti Dillion explains to the Bernal Heights History Project:

This is a photo of the interior of Dolan’s Bar which was at 3311 Mission St from about 1897 to 1919.  The Dolan Bros were:

  • William T
  • John E – her great grandfather and member of the SFPD
  • Michael H – also of the SFPD
  • Lawrence J – plumber by trade and elected to the CA State Assembly & Sheriff of San Francisco, appointed Sealer of Weights and Measures (second from the left in the photo)

Says Patti: “I’m wondering if someone has a photo of the exterior of the building from about the same time. I would love to see what it looked like back then.”

Can anyone help her out?

Market Street in the late ’90s

Local historian David Enos just unearthed this blurry but evocative photograph of the scene on Market Street in the late ’90s. Don’t you wanna just dive in and swim around in it?