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Revisiting Historic Valencia Street

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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.

Quick note: See that vertical green bar in the middle of the then and now photos? You can move it horizontally to see the photos side by side.





[Then photo: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY/ Now photo: Google Maps All the hullabaloo over the proposed development at 1050 Valencia/1 Hill Street made us curious what that stretch of Valencia Street actually did look like back in the day. Turns out a lot has changed, but the buildings on Valencia were generally 2-3 stories with ground floor retail, even in its earlier inceptions. Note the 3-story building on the left that, though missing a lot of its Victorian ornament, is still standing.