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Scenes of the City: Rock Climbing and Bouldering At Ocean Beach, Glen Canyon Park and Corona Heights

For this week's Scenes of the City we shot local climbers in action Ocean Beach, Glen Canyon Park, Corona Heights just off of Beaver Street and on the retaining wall below the look out at Twin Peaks.

Scenes of the City: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Esacape from Alcatraz swim.

Andy Potts celebrates as he comes to the finish line.

We rose early on Sunday and made our way down to Marina to capture the harrowing Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Swim, bike, run and do it as quick as possible. This year's winner, Andy Potts finished the 1.5 mile swim, 18-mile bike and 8-mile run in just under two hours. Badass.

The athletes transition out of the water.

Scenes of the City: SFMade Week Local Factory Tours

Anchor Steam Brew House.

For this week's Scenes of the City we visited four different companies supported by SF Made, a nonprofit which encourages companies to set up shop and produce locally. We visited Anchor Brewing, Rickshaw Bags, Cayson Design Inc. and Ritual Coffee Roasters.

All copy and photos by Joseph Schell

Scenes of the City: SF Bikes to Work

For this week's Scenes of the City we hit the streets for the 17th annual Bike to Work Day.

Photos and Copy by Joseph Schell

Hordes of people on bikes flowed down Market St. all morning.

Scenes of the City: The Rankin Street Warehouse, a Massive Graffiti Anthology

This building is now gone -- torn down by its property owners, Caltrans. It was demolished last year, but for many years it sat on the shore of Islais Creek in SF's Bay View Hunters Point neighborhood.

Scenes of the City: Gardening in SF: Alemany Farm and Beyond

For this week's Scenes of the City we visited Alemany Farm on the southern slope of Bernal Heights and several other gardens in SF and checked out spring planting, cleaning and maintaining. Also check out details of the Alemany Farm Earth Day Celebration here (scheduled for April 23). Enjoy.

Pineapple Sage grows readily in the cool SF climate and smells like, you guessed it, a pungent pineapple.

Scenes of the City: Commutes in Motion

The Baylink Ferry leaves a streak in the night while heading north into SF Bay.

Scenes of the City: Ocean Beach

For this week's Scenes of the City, we headed out to Ocean Beach and chatted up a few people taking advantage of this sudden spell of good weather.

Scenes of the City: Fleishhacker Pool House


This week, our Scenes of the City photo series takes us to SF’s Fleishhacker Pool, once the largest pool in the world. In its heydey, it held 6 million gallons of water and could accommodate 10,000 swimmers. It was so large that the life guards needed row boats. Fed by saltwater from nearby Ocean Beach, the pool was equipped with gaudy diving towers, swings and diving boards. 

 

Fleishhacker Pool, taken in 1925, courtesy of a private collector (note the Pool House in the background left).

Built in 1925, the pool was the vision of philanthropist banker Herbert Fleishhacker. After several decades of high times, the pool succumbed to outflow drain problems after storms.

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