Reflections on Capp St.

It is 8:19 a.m. but these photos were taken earlier. It is now 57˚ and expected to rise to 65˚ with a slight chance of more rain this morning.    Details for the next ten days here.

Today’s Block: Mission to the curve of Capp Street, 26th to Cesar Chavez.

After writing this week about the Mission’s eastern border, I was feeling expansionist, Manifest Destiny-like and felt like venturing east of Potrero, but time is short on Saturday mornings so I walked instead to the southern border and explored Capp Street’s curve.  It used to be Serpentine Avenue and  Burrito Justice as well as Bernalwood have written about its demise. 

On my way over, I swear I saw a seagull swooping north and low – maybe five feet off the ground – on Valencia Street. But could that gull have been that low?

And then, before I crossed Mission street, a police car pulled up, parked and two officers went into Chavita’s. Ah, I thought,  they are taking an early morning robbery report but Officer Salvador said the only break-in was the two of them “breaking into some burritos.”

The curve of Capp was lovely.

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As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

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