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Exploring San Francisco’s Rooftop Gardens

30 Apr

Our coauthor William Wyckoff, whose book How to Read the American West: A Field Guide, was discussed earlier in a post, is now blogging about his explorations and adventures in the North American landscape. Here’s the link to his University of Washington Press blog, where you’ll find a fascinating discussion of San Francisco’s rooftops gardens and parks. Like his book each landscape essay is accompanied by terrific photographs; here’s the first paragraph and a couple of photos from Bill’s rooftop garden essay:

“San Francisco’s rooftop greenery is part of a growing national phenomenon. Visit the top of Chicago’s City Hall or New York City’s new High Line Park (an abandoned elevated railway corridor replanted in gardens and walkways) and you will see similar central-city landscapes taking shape. Some of these spots are specifically maintained as public places, but many are so-called POPOS (privately owned public open spaces) where access is often little advertised, gained through quiet stairways or high-rise elevators. Downtown San Francisco’s Financial District offers a particularly rich mix of these verdant little getaways.”

High-rise oasis at 1 Kearny Street near Union Square in San Francisco. (photo by William Wyckoff)

High-rise oasis at 1 Kearny Street near Union Square in San Francisco.
(photo by William Wyckoff)

Top Floor garden of the indoor Crocker Galleria in San Francisco. (photo by William Wyckoff)

Top Floor garden of the indoor Crocker Galleria in San Francisco.
(photo by William Wyckoff)

 

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