San Francisco neighborhoods are diverse and ever-changing—some of our old boroughs have even gone without a trace. Remember Carville-by-the-Sea? Of course you don't.
Once upon a time, in fin de siecle SF, there stood a bohemian community on the edge of town made entirely of abandoned rail cars. In what is present day Ocean Beach/Outer Sunset, Carville gave concrete meaning to the word outlandish, and felt as San Francisco as tiny house or #vanlife moment does today. As home to some of the city's earliest adventurists, artists, anarchists and entrepreneurs, Carville is an old school reminder of why we love this town.
Outer Sunset's Free-Spirited Culture Remains
via SFPL History Annex
The Outer Sunset is now known as a family oriented neighborhood peppered with the occasional eccentric, surfers and creatives. Perhaps that character is held over from Carville's imprint on the landscape, or perhaps the rugged landscape is what has shaped the spirit of the Sunset all these years.