The #19 Polk will take you up and down the roller coaster that is Potrero Hill.
Especially fond of the unique, steep, bricked block from Rhode Island up to de Haro on 24th; 23rd with its sidewalk steps on one side; the 22nd St. stairway down from Wisconsin; the Other Crooked Street (Vermont) and McKinley Square Park next to it; the many smaller, older cottages (particularly one on Carolina); the community gardens; and the Whole Foods on 17th. This branch now sells kombucha on tap.
First counted the sidewalk steps on the south side of 24th: 132; then down the north side: 107 steps. The photo above is of the south side near the top.
On 23rd are uneven concrete sidewalk steps up the south side, except for a short railed stairway from the top of these that continues up to Wisconsin on the north side: 78 total.
Over to 22nd and Wisconsin for the railed, concrete stairway down to Arkansas: 147 steps. At the top are dead-end signs, but the street continues a little way down along the south stairs.
There are a few old wood posts to mark the dead-end and a scraggly wildspot the rest of the way that could have real potential as a future gardenspot transformation. Now there are lots of weeds, nasturtiums, and tall fennel plants along the stairway.
At the foot, cross Arkansas and continue down some wood steps (47) between Potrero Hill Recreation Center above on the right and the two community gardens on the left side as you descend to Connecticut.
These gardens were locked today; usually they are. But there’s a bench at the Connecticut Friendship Garden entrance near the tiled cube. Lots of different flowers and trees around here: beautiful spot to sit a while even if you can’t get into the garden itself.
At 20th and San Bruno, however, is the Potrero Hill Community Garden, an open garden (with view) where you can go inside and walk around. This is just before you get to McKinley Park and the top of curly Vermont.
Lately upon walking in various neighborhoods have seen some of my favorite houses up for sale and also some that have been given hefty facelifts since I last drooled o'er them … like a long-beloved tiny cottage in Bernal Heights that now has a solid wood fence surrounding its front yard.