San Francisco Scenes during Shelter-in-Place

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

As we finish our 5th week of Shelter-in-Place in San Francisco, spirits are generally good around the city. A new routine has taken place in my weekday schedule. Following a Zoom meditation session offered every Mon-Fri by my acupuncturist, I work from 9:00-3:00.

Ferry Building, SF, during Shelter-in-PlaceBy 3:00PM, my husband and I head out for our favorite activity -- a hike or long walk in some part of the City, grateful that outdoor exercising is allowed and encouraged, with physical distancing adhered to, of course. We balance our walks between urban sidewalks and park lands where I can get dirt under my feet.

One recent weekday we decided to walk from our condo through the most densely packed parts of the City. Off we went, first through Chinatown where it usually is difficult to move at more than a shuffle. That day, the streets were almost bare, with most shops shuttered, closed for business.

We then continued to Columbus Avenue at the periphery of North Beach, and through the financial district - again, empty streets.

We crossed the Embarcadero and went to the ferry building. One musician was playing (and very well) for spare change. Inside, the ferry building was eerily empty. Only a handful of retail stalls were open, a far cry from what we'd normally find at 4:00PM on a work day.

To finish our walk, we headed north along the Embarcadero - no need to dodge crowds on the wide sidewalks--only a handful of others were out. On we went, passed Ghiradelli Square, Aquatic Park and up Van Ness Avenue back home.

A strangely silent time in a city normally filled with the hustle and bustle of urban life.

 

Comments (36)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Barbara Todaro - the empty streets in normally packed areas is eery, but makes for delightful walking. We avoid Fisherman's Wharf usually, except for an occasional 7AM walk on a Sunday morning. Chinatown is close to where we live, so not infrequently walk through it--finding several crowded blocks frustrating as we shuffle along. Not so last week! One of the YMCAs we would go to is the Chinatown branch. It was fun being the only Caucasians in a class. The ethnic diversity here is one of the great attractions of the City.

Apr 21, 2020 09:36 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning Realtyna Inc and Brian England - glad you enjoyed the photos of emptiness in SF - it's a unique experience. Wishing you health and happiness as you deal with the "new normal."

Apr 21, 2020 09:38 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Wayne Martin - I'm glad you and your wife have a balcony on which to pace! I read a while back of some marathon runner who did 26.2 miles on his balcony -- keep on keeping on, in good health.

Apr 21, 2020 09:39 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Joan Cox - is your shelter-in-place easing up soon? As much as I'd dearly love a haircut & color, and a mani/pedi, I'm not yet ready to forget the importance of physical distancing.

Apr 21, 2020 09:41 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lottie Kendall our Governor spoke yesterday, and we have orders through 4/26, no showings, stay at home.    He said yesterday, he will start opening up slowly, and we can again start showing homes, but no open houses.

Apr 21, 2020 09:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Lottie,

What a beautiful walk, I can picture it in my mind's eye.  The last photo of the Ferry building was telling...It is still one of my favorite spots...When we lived in Napa, we used to wander there after dim sun at Yank Sing at the Rincon building...A

Apr 21, 2020 09:51 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Joan Cox - currently our SIP lasts through May 4; we'll see what May will bring.

Apr 21, 2020 10:09 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - for those who know the Ferry Building, the Embarcadero and Chinatown, those pictures are telling. Normally on a weekday at 4:00PM, throngs of people would be inside and out of the Ferry Building; enjoying happy hour, pre-dinner socializing, last minute cheese, mushroom and charcuterie purchases

Apr 21, 2020 10:11 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Lottie,

Isn't it amazing how people create the ambiance in a place like the Ferry building?  You described it perfectly, and I can see ourselves enjoying happy hour and people watching...A

Apr 21, 2020 10:16 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

It's the people that make the place, right Alexandra? I feel the same about NYC. Happy Tuesday, Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Apr 21, 2020 10:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Lottie Kendall - taking those walks are important for all of us.  It is great that you have the room to do that even in Chinatown.

Apr 21, 2020 12:23 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Grant Schneider - if we couldn't get out to walk, I'd be a much less happy camper. Today we'll be taking our granddaughter's two dogs with us as we tromp around empty spots in the Presidio. If one knows where to go, it's not hard to keep our distance from others.

Happy Tuesday to you!

Apr 21, 2020 12:35 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lottie Kendall - We all know how important it is for our businesses to thrive.  Right now there is a Yin and Yang going on.  We may like the ability to move freely but realize how this hurts the community. 

Apr 21, 2020 01:11 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lottie, Chinatown is deserted.  Nancy must have stopped asking people to go their to party

Apr 21, 2020 02:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lottie- I love your daily schedule, especially the time that you and your husband set aside time to walk or hike. I had similar thoughts on our drive back from the Preserve where Larry and I walk. So many small stores and restaurants closed. 

Apr 21, 2020 06:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Lottie,  Thanks for sharing your day - your routine sounds very good - however, like you said, things are not quite the same right now.  I hope you continue to enjoy your daily walks.

Apr 21, 2020 06:44 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

How are things in Sedona, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ? I expect you don't have the tourists as you typically do. What are Covid-19 figures like there?

George Souto - no one that I've heard about, including Mrs. Pelosi, encouraged anyone to be out and about in Chinatown since long before shelter-in-place became a necessity. SF was one of the first in the nation, I believe--March 17. What she was encouraging people to do was ignore the racist blame game.

Apr 21, 2020 07:06 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Tmes are certainly different, aren't they Kathy Streib and Bob Crane? Our walks have become a treasured part of our day - I hope I can continue them once I return to a full work day, even if they can't be quite as long.

Apr 21, 2020 07:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Those daily walks are a very good reminer for all of us to get some more exercise.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Apr 24, 2020 07:21 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Daily walks are a habit I intend to keep once the SIP has been lifted--I might not have 2 hours, but every day is what matters the most. Enjoy your weekend too, Roy Kelley 

Apr 24, 2020 08:44 AM