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Then & Now: Vicente St & 41st Ave

Public spaces change fast here in San Francisco, and for better or worse, it can be pretty crazy when you see what the City used to look like. Every week, we'll bring you Then & Now, a comparison of historic photos of the Bay Area with current views from the same perspective. Have a suggestion for a photo comparison that looks totally different (or shockingly the same)? Drop us a tip in the Curbed Inbox or leave a comment after the jump.




[Then photo: SFPL / Now photo: Alex Bevk] Known as the Outside Lands, the Sunset was a sparsely inhabited area of large sand dunes until the construction of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1917. Other than the infamous Carville, most of the development centered around the Inner and Central Sunset, and in 1928, the area at Vicente and 41st Ave was still mostly sand dunes. Development increased in the 1930s, and by the 1950s, the last of the sand dunes were leveled for single and multi-family homes. Today the same spot is filled with houses and apartment buildings, and any remnants of the sand dunes are contained to Ocean Beach.