Earlier this week, the Washington Post predictably declared that San Francisco had “broken America’s heart,” leading with a dramatic anecdote of how the nearly century-old Lucca Ravioli on Valencia Street closed in April.
According to popular perception, tech money and a never-ending real estate explosion are strangling the old San Francisco, as evidenced by the death of retail and dining favorites that has accelerated in the past 12 months.
To a degree, that perception is true; however, there’s more to these high-profile closures than meets the eye.
Some of them are victims of our tech-obsessed modern age and merciless market prices. Others, though, are undone by factors like bad luck, twists of fate, or the inevitable departure of longtime chieftains. The owners of Lucca Ravioli, for example, finally get to retire and make a good chunk of change selling the property.
And a few have even managed the seemingly impossible by springing back to life even amid their own funeral dirges.
Here’s a look back at what we’ve lost over the past year, and some of the lessons—often bitter but sometimes hopeful—that came with the departures.Read More