Fridays with Manny



I wrote my first book of the “42 Encounters” series in 2016.
“42 Encounters in San Francisco” was an expression of my love and appreciation for the best city in the world. If you are reading newspapers and even ventured to certain areas of San Francisco, you might have perception of doom and gloom in those places. Yes, the city has serious issues; however, every loving family does. Therefore, I decided to publish a new book, “San Franciscans. Looking Forward Through Looking Back. 42 Encounters with City Builders.”

To assist myself and get a different perception, I joined author Gary Kamiya on a walk downtown titled Barbary Coast. We started in North Beach, crossed Chinatown, and ended up in the area used to be called the Barbary Coast. I visited and photographed these areas many times. And while walking through familiar streets, a smile of pleasure did not leave my face. Restaurants were full, shoppers were spending money. Perhaps there were fewer tourists, but Grant Street in China town had its share.

In the afternoon, Max took us for a walk along the beach on the Great Highway, which was closed for traffic. Where else, but San Francisco, can you spend the morning in the center of over 150 years of city history and the evening in front of the ocean? And at the same time, it is not about old buildings with memorial plaques, and not even remarkable man-made nature.

It is always about people. These three images are from one day journey. Enjoy and Share!