Introduction The city of San Francisco lies amidst the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Strait, California. It is the fourth most populous settlement in California and the second largest population density in the United States. San Francisco is called the pearl of the west coast. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, which lies on 43 picturesque hills. The landscape, trams, and distinctive wooden mansions give the city a unique charm. San Francisco is an outstanding representative of the physical geography. The essay aims to investigate the history of the region, the general features of four spheres of physical geography in San Francisco, and forms the possible representation of the future of the area. History …show more content…
There is water on three sides of the city, so the weather significantly affected by cold ocean currents, which leads to the presence of microclimates in the region. The rainy season lasts from November to March, and it snows very rarely. At the end of the summer and from September to October, the city, especially its western regions, suffers from the fog that cannot fall off during the day. This feature of the San Francisco climate the townspeople were able to turn into a tourist attraction. However, peculiarities of the lithosphere of the city can scare the newcomer. The city of San Francisco is in a high seismic activity zone, as very close are faults the San - Andreas (along the San Francisco Peninsula) and Hayward (on the eastern side of the bay). Small tremors come here often enough, but twice throughout its history (1906 and 1989) the city suffered the earthquake damage. The territory of San Francisco is a difficult terrain, as it has about fifty hills. The highest is Mount Davidson (283 meters above sea …show more content…
It is a peculiarity of the region, and most of the citizens do not feel the impact of it. The greatest damage these regular earthquakes occur is the change of position of frames on the wall. The fact would never turn the region into a ghost town, even remembering the beginning of the history of San-Francisco and the Gold Rush. The current economic status of the city received a financial center thanks to the well-known throughout the world of Silicon Valley - a technology center of medical and pharmaceutical industry. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology have a significant impact on the state economy. Now San-Francisco had changed its special status of the port city in the tourist center, which is beyond the basics of physical geography. Therefore, the original function of the city has changed significantly, but still San-Francisco is one of the most attractive cities in the
These two plates push and shove each other causing small tremors throughout which can cause landslides,volcanic eruptions and once in a couple years, quakes with devastating results. The strongest earthquake recorded occurred in 1991 with a measure of 7.6 on the Richter scale. This earthquake left 4 dead and buildings as well as bridges and road were completely destroyed. If another Earthquake occurs, the coastal cities would be the most affected ones as they are closer to the plates.
The West End area was the birth place of Old Sacramento and a place for California history making. “From the city’s founding in 1849, boats carrying global migrants, miners and merchants plied the Sacramento River, arriving at Sutter’s Embarcadero at the foot of J Street. The booming riverfront quickly became the commercial and social hub of the infant city, offering vital supplies and sanctuary to the multitudes of new residents and miners headed for the nearby gold areas” (Lee M. A. Simpson and Lisa C. Prince, Page 292). It explained how the Sacramento River became important for its city, but something changed in Old Sacramento. The state legislature moved their new capitol building on Tenth Street on December 6, 1869, which made the city shift away from the river.
In the text “Contemporary Ethnic Geographies in America” informs us about ethnic enclaves in the United States in an article by Brian J. Godfrey. Chapter 3: New Ethnic Landscapes informs us about how a town can become an establishment such as a monument to one city. Ethnic Enclaves: Consolidation of Place-based Identities on page 67 explains the identities found within cultural landscaping and how its shape and effects reflect on the demographics of the city. Historical monuments and services also shape the ethnic enclaves of ones city. I will be analyzing San Francisco’s Chinatown ethnic enclaves
The earthquakes intensity was measured at a magnitude of 7.9 on the present Richter scale (The Great 1906, 4). This earthquake was an extremely vigorous magnitude that would have killed approximately fifthteen hundred to forty five hundred people and injure fifty thousand (House, 51). This was not the first earthquake in San Francisco. 1864, 1898, and 1900 were years of earthquakes striking but not as strong as 1906 (San Francisco of 1906, 1). Ten million California residents who lived closely from the major fault lines could have been in endangered in many extreme ways. (House, 56).
little movement from the tectonic caused big things such as earthquake, but what exactly is San Andreas Fault? San Andreas fault is major fracture of the Earth’s crust in extreme western north America (Brittanica). San Andreas fault have caused so many earthquakes in U.S.A, causing many destruction, and causing lost of lifes. Now, What made Northridge Earthquake so destructive? While the Northridge earthquake was happening Californian people couldn’t predict it (u-s-history.com).
The strict regulations of building codes concerning vibrations of the earth and San Francisco’s residents’ love of cars prevented loft conversions on a large scale. Around 1993, the new loft projects that were supposed to create affordable housing increased real estate figures dramatically to levels that were unreasonably high; this happened in the Soma area of San Francisco. There were also the beginnings of live-work occupancy lofts in individual zones designated by the Planning Department in 1989 at the south of Market Street. The key stipulation was that “work” be restricted to “arts activities.” Change began primarily with the zoning requirements in SoMA that permitted large-scale developments and prevented community-oriented designs.
The article “Chances of Earthquake Hitting L.A. Area Soon: Like, for Sure” by Tia Ghose is about the probability of an earthquake in Los Angeles. The greater Los Angeles area has a 99.9 percent chance of having an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 or greater in the next two and a half years according to a study published september 30 in the journal Earth and Space Science. One fact I learned while reading this article is that there was a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck La Habra, California in 2014 that resulted in $12 million in damages. Another fact I learned while reading this article, is that there is an instrument called the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) that detects teeny shifts in the Earth's surface as
Issue: Within the last decade, San Francisco has dramatically changed. San Francisco’s working class people and poor neighborhoods underwent drastic economic and racial changes from the 1990s to mid 2000s, resulting in the undeniable gentrification of the districts. San Francisco’s gentrification has reached a ridiculous new extreme, making it the most expensive city in the country, outstripping even Manhattan. The beginning of the issue was right after the dotcom and Tech industries started drastically moving to the Bay Area.
Urbanization in America Business and industrialization centered on the cities in America like New York, Boston, and Chicago. The increasing number of factories created an immense need for labor which got people in rural areas to move to the city, and bringing immigrants from Europe to the United States. Urbanization changed America in many ways but specifically in a social and economic way leading to today’s America. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, urbanization was increasing at a startling rate.
“Comprehending the Calamity” by Emma Burke and “Horrific Wreck of the City” by Fred Hewitt are two historical articles that both describe the destruction of the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 and how it affected the people. Hewitt says on page 1, “No pen can record the sufferings of those who were crushed to death or buried in the ruins that encompassed them in an instant after 5:13 o’clock Wednesday morning.” Likewise, Emma Burke says on page 2, “The fallen chimneys had torn through the ceilings into two of our rooms; the flat tin roof had thus been bent down, and now acted as a funnel. We heard an ominous drip, drip, and then a steady splash.” These pieces of evidence show both of the authors believe that this horrible earthquake destructed the city of San Francisco.
Architecture has the ability to remark and reflect any region, give a feeling and a sense of a place, and present thoughts and creativity. Across the world, especially in the United States, there are many cities that are distinguished by its architecture and unique styles: The skyline of New York City is defined by it’s skyscrapers; San Francisco’s mixture of Victorian and modern colored houses; New Orleans’ iconic Creole townhouses; and Miami’s modernist architecture. Los Angeles, San Diego and some of the cities in the same region are no different from the previous appreciable cities all around America. These cities are located in the state of California which is on the West Coast. They share some significant architectural characteristics
The text asserts that there were no sweeping fires to blame, only the earthquake. This event led to the first major legislative initiative in California to recognize seismic issues: the Field Act of 1933. Steinberg contends that although this was a step in the right direction, seismic enlightenment was still difficult. The author notes that regardless of awareness, many built in areas vulnerable to harmful seismic activity (i.e. near fault lines). The author also states that California is not the only area prone to earthquakes and that typically the poor suffer more from these events wherever they happen.