Yes Carl, There Is An Agua Vista Park

You know, just last night I took a walk up to the pier at Agua Vista Park to peer at the aquatic view. I had hoped to catch sight of the “supermoon”, but alas there was only a woolen sky and quietly shifting waves. I thought to myself that someone should write something about the unloved and unmentioned park at the edge of the city.

Luckily, we have Carl Nolte, San Francisco’s Native Son!
Gritty southern waterfront city’s last industrial stretch

Carl says:

Everybody who is interested in San Francisco ought to take a walk along the southern waterfront before it vanishes.

We’re talking here about a short stretch – maybe a mile or so – just south of the ballpark along Terry Francois Boulevard to where it ends at Mariposa Street, next to the Mission Rock Resort and the Ramp bar and restaurant.

As articles about this stretch of waterfront go, it exists — which is more than can be said about most articles about the Central Waterfront, which can’t be bothered to write themselves.


  1. Mariachi wrote:

    If Carl Nolte thinks that Terry Francois is “gritty” he needs to get his soft yuppie ass back to Atherton or whatever fucking gated community he came from and leave us the fuck alone.

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:30 am | Permalink
  2. Jesse Mullan wrote:

    WOW. Most of the time Mr. Nolte is all right. “Gritty” is the default adjective for this part of town, though, which is super lazy.

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:44 am | Permalink
  3. Helene wrote:

    Actually, he was born in SF and grew up on Potrero Hill. Where did you grow up? This comment completely misses the point of the article, which was to come to the waterfront before it changes forever.

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:08 am | Permalink
  4. Jesse Mullan wrote:

    A valid point, although I enjoy hyperbolic name calling on its own merits.

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:16 am | Permalink
  5. Helene wrote:

    Actually, I was referring to the vulgarity-laced post from Mariachi.

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 9:27 pm | Permalink
  6. Jesse Mullan wrote:

    Me too.

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  7. Mariachi wrote:

    I grew up in 1970s NYC, so I know all about gritty. The only thing gritty around here is that dog that chases you if you get out of bounds at Toxic Beach.

    Sidenote: Jesse, please post more. Waddling is dutiful but somniferous, SFist and Bold Italic are disreputable clickbait, and a bunch of neighbors just moved away. We need more local press that eschews the phrase “up and coming.”

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

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