October 21, 2005
San Francisco is famously made up of an eccentric patchwork of neighborhoods. What is less known is that some of the most interesting and unusual have come and gone, leaving very little trace of a once vigorous existence.
One of these was Carville, an eccentric community made up of abandoned streetcars converted into clubs, restaurants and dwellings out on the pacific edge of the fin de siecle city. Though virtually no trace is left, it does my heart good just to know that it was once there, and I think of it now every time I ride down the great highway.
This story was brought to my attention by a listener named Duncan, and I’ve relied heavily on a great article by James Labounty, listed below. Thanks!