20 signs you went to school in San Francisco

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1. You did all your shopping at the Stonestown Galleria.
Including your weekly haul of groceries at Trader Joe’s.

2. You were fueled by caffeine in West Portal.
Whether it was Peet’s or Starbucks.

3. The M was your lifeline.
Downtown, Embarcadero, or the Castro were all possibilities when you wanted to get out of the Avenues.

4. You blew off steam walking around Lake Merced.

5. You felt like the entire city was your campus.
With MUNI everything felt accessible.

6. You partied around bonfires on Ocean Beach.
And took shots of whisky to keep warm.

7. Beep’s Burgers on Ocean Avenue was the meet-up place for your crew.
Where you always got your standard order of a burger and Twinkie milkshake.

8. Almost everyone you knew lived off-campus in the Sunset or the Richmond.
With a minimum of five other roommates.

9. You never took off your down jacket or beanie.
Unless on the rare occasion that the fog cleared.

10. You had to climb hills to get to class.
And were always out of breath when you got there no matter how fit you were.

11. You went to The Mayflower Restaurant for weekend brunch.
This Vietnamese-American hybrid diner was the only place that could cure your pounding head.

12. You lived on cheap take-out dim sum from Good Luck or Wing Lee’s.
Shrimp dumplings were the cure-all for any college-related woe.

13. English wasn’t the only language you heard throughout your campus.
Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagolog, and Spanish were heard on the daily.

14. You knew the best parties were at the Park Merced Apartments.

15. Your classes were in Chinatown, Civic Center, Downtown, the Mission or in the Sunset.
Depending on the courses you took that semester.

16. You had student organizations for every cause and background.
From Feminism in Action to the Hmong Student Association.

17. You often found yourself at The Village Market & Pizza at 12 a.m.
Nothing cured the midnight munchies like a slice of cheese pizza or a side of garlic fries.

18. You made the mistake of going to City Nights when you were a freshman.
It felt like you were back in high school with throwback hits and too much Calvin Klein One.

19. You went to more end-of-the-semester BBQs in Golden Gate Park than you can remember.
Always with PBR and veggie burgers.

20. You went to free movies in the Coppola Theater.
Thanks to the School of Cinema for hosting.

Muni Alternatives

As San Francisco reopens and more people are able to return to work outside of their homes, we ask customers to try alternative modes of transportation if possible - such as bicycles, scooters, skateboards, other micromobility devices, or shuttle and taxi programs below - so that we can maintain Muni for essential trips and customer who are not able to use alternative modes of travel.

Slow Streets

Select streets have been closed to vehicle through-traffic to prioritize walking or biking and to provide more space for physical distancing during essential travel.

  • Local vehicle access is allowed (e.g., driveway access for residents) and streets are not closed completely.
  • People walking/running in the street do not have the right-of-way over motor vehicles.
  • Once installed, Slow Streets corridors are in effect 24/7.
  • Face coverings are required

We continue to monitor the use of Slow Streets to minimize impacts on surrounding streets.

Bikes and Scooters

With roads that are relatively quiet, commuting by bike or scooter is easier than ever and an enjoyable alternative to getting around the city for essential trips. Please follow best practices (washing and sanitizing hands, wearing a mask, etc.) and review operators' guidelines to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus.

For more information, visit operator sites:

Taxis and Ramp Taxis

Taxis continue to operate as an essential service, f ollowing best practices to minimize the risks of transmission . Face masks are required by federal law.

To request a taxi you can hail them in the street or at a taxi stand , or search the taxi directory or the wheelchair-accessible ramp taxi directory for links to apps and contact information.

The Emergency Ride Home program provided by official taxis continues for individuals who work in San Francisco and fulfill essential job functions.

Taxi Drivers: Please see the COVID-19 Taxi Services Updates page or call 415.701.4400 for information on how Taxi Services is responding to the pandemic. The Taxi Services window is closed until further notice.

Essential Trip Card

SFMTA created the Essential Trip Card program to help older adults and people with disabilities take and pay for essential trips in taxis during this crisis.

Eligible participants will pay 20% of the cost of a regular cab ride fare for essential trips, up to $60 in value per month. If you are 65+ years old or a person with a disability, you can apply for the Essential Trip Card by calling 311 and mentioning the program or visiting the Essential Trip Card program page to learn more.

Essential Worker Ride Home Program

The city’s Essential Worker Ride Home program supports essential employees in San Francisco impacted by public transportation reductions by providing a taxi ride home from work to qualifying participants who commute to work via a sustainable mode of transportation. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply on SF Environment's website .

Shop-a-Round Helps You Get Around

Shop-a-Round is a convenient, low-cost shuttle or subsidized taxi ride that makes it easier to go grocery shopping. This SFMTA service offers registered seniors and people with disabilities personalized assistance and a ride to/from the grocery store.

  • Customers do not have to be ADA-paratransit eligible to use the service
  • The service takes customers to select supermarkets in San Francisco to shop
  • The driver will help carry groceries on and off the shuttle/taxi


Paratransit service continues to operate as normal so that customers can travel for essential needs. Face masks are required by federal law when taking a taxi or van and when visiting the SF Paratransit Office. Violations can result in denial of service and may carry federal penalties. If you are feeling unwell or your trip is nonessential we ask that you please cancel by calling 415.285.6945 as soon as possible.

The SF Paratransit Office will oper ate with limited capacity during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.). Teller window hours are subject to change. Reduced staffing will be available to accept cash payments for monthly taxi debit card allotments only.

Golden Gate Transit: Additional Bus Service

Golden Gate Transit is currently picking up Muni passengers at all Golden Gate Transit bus stops in San Francisco. Stops that were drop-off only or pick-up only will temporarily support local travel for both drop-offs and pick-ups.

  • Effective October 5: All Golden Gate Transit buses will use a long-term detour through Fisherman’s Wharf to accommodate the Shared Spaces program.
  • Financial District service: Routes operate weekdays between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Financial District via Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf and Levi’s Plaza.
  • Civic Center service: Routes operate daily between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Salesforce Transit Center via Lombard Street, Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street.

Fares: Golden Gate Transit fares apply, and Clipper customers will need to both tag on and tag off at the end of their trip. Fares are as follow: Adult Cash: $4.75 / Adult Clipper: $3.80 / Youth/Senior/Medicare/Disabled: $2.25.

How to Ride a Cable Car in San Francisco

You may think of riding a San Francisco's cable car as a city "sight" rather than as transportation. Most people do, and who wouldn't? Cable cars in San Francisco are cute and old-fashioned, in the best kind of way.

If you charge off to ride a cable car, your fun adventure could turn into an annoying one. If you show up at the busiest boarding area, you stand in line so long that you start wondering if you need to file a change of address form. Getting on a cable car mid-route can also be confusing - and getting them to stop isn't obvious, either.

This guide will help you enjoy your cable car ride with a minimum of fuss, disappointment, and aggravation.

Haight Ashbury In The 1960s: A Vibrant Hippie History (PHOTOS)

A stroll down Haight Street today will undoubtedly evoke a certain 1960s nostalgia.

Live guitar music still warbles from street corners, tie-dyed t-shirts are hawked by the handful, the smell of pot permanently wafts, colorful peace signs adorn windows of businesses like the Red Victorian Bed & Breakfast -- institutions better suited to an earlier time.


But said nostalgia is often overshadowed by the sad realities of a neighborhood that has long since evolved from the remnants of a revolution: the wayward teenagers, the tourist traps, the vagabonds, the $6 corporate ice cream cones sold at precisely San Francisco's most famous intersection.

During its heyday, which culminated in 1967's infamous Summer of Love, young dreamers converged in the Haight by the thousands. Historians deem the neighborhood the birthplace of the hippie movement, marked by peaceful protests and psychedelic experimentation. The era's greatest luminaries, from Jerry Garcia to Allen Ginsberg to Jimi Hendrix, all lived nearby.

Then the movement waned, and the area began to decay along with it. "By the fall of 1967, Haight-Ashbury was nearly abandoned, trashed, and laden with drugs and homeless people," blogger Jon Newman wrote in his essay Death of the Hippie Subculture. "With the Haight in ruins and most of its residents gone, it was simply unable to operate as a hub for music, poetry and art."

Of course, the Haight still has a certain appeal. There's no better jazz-and-pizza combo in the city than at Club Deluxe, Amoeba Music offers a truly epic collection, a parklet just popped up in front of Haight Street Market and the 12-piece band that assembles in front of American Apparel on Sunday mornings always move crowds to dance in the street.

Yet we can't help but heave a sigh while pushing past gaggles of gawking tourists or stepping over the man sleeping on the sidewalk at noon. While a stroll down Haight Street today certainly evokes nostalgia, it also makes us yearn for a place that was once the epicenter of peace and love and youth in revolt, a place we never had the chance to experience ourselves but will be forever engrained in San Francisco's complex, progressive history.

Celebrate the past by clicking through our exclusive slideshow below, courtesy of our friends at the SF Public Library:

Segregation Was Widespread in California

Restaurants posted signs in their doors reading, “No dogs or Mexicans." At movie theaters, Mexican Americans had to sit in the balcony, not the lower level. Public swimming pools had “Mexican Mondays” after which the pool was drained and cleaned before Anglo residents would step foot in it again.

The same de facto segregation existed in California public schools. By 1940, more than 80 percent of Mexican American students in California went to so-called “Mexican” schools, even though no California law mandated such a separation. (Legal segregation in California schools did exist for two other groups: Asian Americans and Native Americans.)

California school boards claimed that they put Mexican Americans in their own schools in order to help them. They used culturally biased I.Q. tests to argue that Mexican American students needed specialized instruction in English and other subjects. The school boards argued that students of Mexican heritage would “Americanize” faster if taught separately.

At the time, segregated schools were supposed to abide by the “separate but equal” clause established in 1896 by Plessy v. Ferguson. But just as in the segregated South, the “Mexican” schools in California were in terrible condition compared to the “American” schools. And instead of receiving specialized instruction to improve their language and academic skills, Mexican American students were trained to become field workers and house cleaners. Most of the school board members were wealthy citrus farmers whose livelihoods depended on Mexican American labor.

“It was very much in the economic interest of the agricultural elite and the Anglo community at large to keep these people in a second-class position,” says Philippa Strum, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, who wrote a book on the Mexican American anti-segregation movement in California.

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