Thursday, September 3, 2009

Yerba Buena

O.K. Did you know that San Francisco used to be called "Yerba Buena?" It means Good Herb.

One of the more popular hang-outs in San Francisco is Yerba Buena Gardens. There are many performing arts venues and museums, as well as restaurants, coffee bars etc. in or near the Yerba Buena Gardens. I just missed a free concert and party yesterday after I bought my month-long muni pass at the Market Street Muni Station. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival runs from May through October with free concerts and festivals. Tomorrow's free event is Big Lou's Polka Casserole from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Jessie Square accross the street from Yerba Buena Gardens. (It's true! If you don't believe me log onto or and check it out.) I'm so there. My only regret is that my Minnesota buddy, Mark, can't be there to share the experience. Oh yeah, and Cindy and Sue. (That's Jessie Square below, together with the Jessie Square Garage entrance. You go, Jessie!! Polka! Polka! Polka!)

Yerba Buena Gardens is located in the SOMA (south of Market Street) area of San Francisco between 3rd and 4th Streets and just north of the Moscone Convention Center. If you were around in the 1970's you might remember that George Moscone was the Mayor of San Francisco when he, along with S.F. Supervisor, Harvey Milk, was shot and killed by former S.F. Supervisor, Dan White. There is a very interesting movie about it called "Milk."


  1. When I was in law school on Mission Street just north of what is now the Moscone Center the project was just a bunch of vacant lots stalled in development by lawsuits aiming to protect all the people being displaced by it. I guess that all got worked out.