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"For me, San Francisco is a city of delightful memory. When I, a small-town boy, first visited the City-by-the-Bay with my dad, I was awakened to the excitement of city life. I have been an admirer of urban communities ever since. And images from that first visit have been a source of continuing pleasure.
How well I remember riding the Powell Street cable car all those years ago, rounding a corner, and first glimpsing the magnificent panorama of the bay as the track plunged down Hyde Street toward the end of the line. There, at the turn-around, was the bustle of street life - performers and musicians gathered to entertain the waiting riders. I remember the famous Ghiradelli Chocolate sign, the vibrant activity on Fisherman's Wharf, the dramatic presence of distant Alcatraz Island. But most of all, I remember the vast expanse of the bay in all its glory.
My Hyde Street and the Bay, San Francisco heightens the
nostalgic sense of fond memory by placing vintage cars on the street and
historic ships at anchor in the bay. The bustling energy of San Francisco
seemed alive to me as I worked on Hyde Street and the Bay, San Francisco.
I could almost sense a brisk breeze blowing up from the bay, a subtle
taste of salt air, and the enchanting clang of the cable cars as they
made their ponderous way up Hyde Street hill."