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'Mountain Goat Country' in a Metropolitan City

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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] San Francisco may be known for its steep streets, but ask anyone which is the steepest and you'll be sure to get a variety of answers. One thing is for sure – Bernal Heights has a slew of streets that make driving, or worse yet, parking a real doozy. One of those is Ripley Street, between Alabama and Peralta, where if you wanted to park back in the 1960s you just grabbed a patch of dirt and crossed your fingers.
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