Literal Interpretations of SF Street Names

Aug 11 at 6am

San Francisco has 2,660 individually named streets, avenues, and boulevards. The city started stamping intersections with street names in 1905, just before the famous earthquake and fire of 1906. This came in handy when people were finding their way around in the aftermath; many landmarks were unrecognizable as more than 80% of the city was destroyed.

I love little historical factoids like this. But if there's one thing I love more than cold hard facts, it's low brow humor. So in honor of all things simple-minded, I went out to photograph a few of my favorite street names with accompanying props. Queue sad trombone sound.

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