People make the most interesting photographs. However, it’s impolite, and maybe even unethical, to photograph people without their permission.
Famous photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans have no qualms about this sort of photography. Nor do serious photojournalists.
Lots of local photographers, like Troy Holden and the folks at the All City photoblog, take pictures like this. I guess their blogs would be a lot less interesting without them.
The Carlson Courier Silk Mill was built in Petaluma in 1892. The style of architecture is Georgian Colonial Revival. This mill made silk thread. Back then its proximity to the Petaluma river was an asset for shipping.
Manufacturing in the building halted in 2006.
This is a photo from Wikimedia, attributed to ‘Sanfranman 59′. Since its closing, plans have been made to convert it to condos, then a hotel, but none of the plans came to fruition. It is currently for sale. I hope the fact that this building is in the National Register of Historic Places means that it won’t be torn down.
The Jack Tar Hotel opened in 1960, at the corner of Van Ness and Geary in San Francisco. It was modern and swank, and provided formidable competition to the staid hotels of Union Square. Sinatra sang there, Coppola’s ‘The Conversation’ was filmed there. In 1982 it was renamed the Cathedral Hill Hotel. (This photo was jacked from SFgate.)
Fast forward to 2009: the hotel was sold to California Pacific Medical Corporation, for a new hospital. A long and complicated battle ensued, with frightening artist’s renderings, community protests, leaked documents, lots of intrigue. Finally an agreement was reached, now demotion has begun.
This is a huge demo job, that will go on for months. Then major new construction- this area will be messed up for a couple of years at least.