Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Telegraph Hill Landslide



A chunk of Telegraph Hill tumbled down onto Broadway and Montgomery Streets at 3:15 AM on Monday night after a good, but not particularly unusual, rainfall.



The Red Cross had jumped into action...



...and a large police camp had set up on Broadway...



...across the street from the Showgirls strip club which had a boulder crash into its backside from the cliff underneath the expensive new condo project.



All the apartment buildings on the west side of Montgomery Street between Broadway and Vallejo had been red-tagged...



...and their many occupants evacuated for at least 24 hours.



At Montgomery and Vallejo, one of Telegraph Hill's many garden staircases extends for half a block.



The views are what keep people paying large sums to live on precarious California hillsides and frankly they're worth it.



455 Vallejo is the large, controversial condo complex that went up sometime between five and ten years ago.



That's the Transamerica Pyramid sticking out from its rooftop.



The building had been red-tagged for 24 hours...



...and there were a pair of pleasant cops at the door telling people they needed to get out emergency supplies...



...and then go elsewhere...



...taking away their poor dogs who didn't look too happy about being evacuated.

3 comments:

lee said...

That's so crazy! I was in SF for the weekend and stayed at the Green Tortoise Hostel on Broadway. I almost took that same shot (the first one) because it looked so precarious with the mesh holding back a cliff that for all the world looked like it wanted to crash down on the parked cars below. I left Monday at 11 AM. I guess I got out just in time!

sfwillie said...

There's a condo for sale at 455 Vallejo, 1-br $649,000, great views, no square footage given.

Only problem--it's not ready for immediate move-in.

Mike D said...

The dog looks familiar. Could it possibly be the same one I photographed? See my blog @

http://cameraguyd.blogspot.com/2010/08/san-francisco.html

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