San Francisco has been my home since 1968, when I escaped from Ohio and enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute on Chestnut Street. Since then, I've managed to live in just about every part of the City. Forty-five years have gone by so quickly, but in that span of time I've witnessed the passing of much that once made this city so admirable and unique. The San Francisco of 2012 is a far cry from the San Francisco that welcomed me in 1968. Circumstances made a Sixth Street hotel my best option for housing in 2001. At that time in my life, this was a step upward, a major improvement, and thus I embraced Sixth Street, mid-Market and the Tenderloin as my new home turf and stomping ground.
I loved living amidst the cadenced visual harmony of the district's hive-like, century-old architecture, and memories of the neighborhood from earlier, kinder times gave me an historical perspective of my surroundings. After acquiring a little digital camera near the end of 2002, I began documenting the central city's decaying architecture, hoping to make an historical record before things changed or disappeared. I worked hard to develop my writing skills and gradually learned the rudiments of historical research. In the fall of 2005, while preparing material for my Hotel Project exhibit at San Francisco City Hall, I created a Hotel Project blog on the Blogger domain, which soon became my primary development tool. Many iterations later, during an abecedarian plunge into self-publishing, in September 2008 I moved The Hotel Project to WordPress, where it metamorphosed into my ongoing history site Up From The Deep,
- Up From The Deep - A personal exploration of the history, architecture & signage of San Francisco's central city.