South of Market (Part 1)
I started off Day 3 (and spent most of the day, actually) in SoMa, the area south of Market Street. Historically a district packed with warehouses and gay bars, it’s now an area in transition.
Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens, built in the ’90s, and the adjacent Moscone Center, built in the ’80s, were major contributors to the changing face of SoMa. Rehabbing the area caused the displacement of many long-term residents and business, changing much of the character of the area.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
SFMOMA was founded in 1935 as the San Francisco Museum of Art. 40 years later, in 1975, it took on its current name. SFMOMA moved into its current landmark location in 1995, the year of the museum’s 60th anniversary. In 2013, SFMOMA closed for 3 years for an expansion that more than doubled its space. It reopened in May 2016, the month before my visit, as the country’s largest modern art museum. And seriously, it’s the most overwhelming attraction I’ve been to since the Forbidden City.
To be continued…
[Factual information is primarily gathered from Wikipedia, so you know it must be true.]