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Vesuvio Cafe by Michael Ashley

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Taken by
Michael Ashley Michael Ashley
Explore score
1.20 Gigapixels
Date added
May 02, 2011
Date taken
May 02, 2011

Neighborhood Sightlines in North Beach, San Francisco.

Photographs in this collection have been produced by Heather Do, Connor Rowe, Kathleen Markham, Alison Lowrie, Kenneth Chiu, Katie Salmond, Diana Chavez, Elena Toffalori, Ashley Vink, Aimee O'Dea, Liz Dolinar, Allison Barden, Justine Khoury, Daniela Alaniz-Roux, and Justin Thach at the request of Michael Ashley for the UC Berkeley Anthropology 136e class, Spring 2011. The purpose was to digitally document the cultural heritage of City Lights Bookstore to show the cultural and spatial relations between City Lights and Vesuvio Café. The images were intentionally framed and shot to show the close connection of the two places.

City Lights Bookstore(Latitude 37.79771, Longitude -122.40647) is located in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco at the Broadway and Columbus intersection. Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin founded City Lights Books in 1953. They created the first all-paperback bookstore in the United States. Today, it is known as “one of the few truly independent bookstores in the United States where people come to witness what is described as a “Literary Landmark (City Lights).” The bookstore was popular with the “beatnik” generation and the “Beat’s legacy of anti-authoritarian politics and insurgent thinking (City Lights).” While the area around the bookstore has changed, there continues to be a strong beatnik influence in the store as seen in the types of books offered. The store has expanded since opening in 1953, and now offers three floors of new-release hardcovers and paperbacks (City Lights). In 2001, City Lights was dedicated as a historic landmark. Today, Ferlinghetti co-owns the store with Nancy Peters.

Vesuvio Cafe, (37.79757°N, 122.40625°W), located in the North Beach region of San Francisco Bay, is a cultural bastion preserving the cultural heritage of bohemian era and the beatnik culture that generated its establishment by Henri Lenoir in 1949 and made infamous by the infamous authors such as Jack Kerouac from which the adjacent alley is named. The building in which the bar is housed is otherwise known as the Cavalri building built in 1913 and expanded to a second story in 1918 and designed by Zanolini with Italian Renaissance revival elements. The transient existence of these unkempt literary members and their constituents is reflected in the liminal location of the former saloon restaurant at the border between the vagrant Chinese- Italian communities; by 1970[1], most of the diverse cultures regressed into economical housing. Vesuvio Café despite its rich history back to the 1950’s, are not historically preserved site; in fact, they were rented until 1999[2] by managers Chris and Janet Clyde, whose proprietarily hopes to protect the building from other commercial interest. Over the years, Vesuvio has undergone its share of renovations and damages such as the 1999 retrofitting for earthquake safety or even the 1973 damage dealt to the building by an errant bus [3]. Over the years, the "I'll never forget after the retro-fitting, one man came in, he was about 55 years old and in a business suit," Clyde said. "He actually had tears in his eyes when he looked at the place. He said, `You didn't change anything.' Vesuvio has kept its character as a neighborhood bar.”[4]

Photographs in this collection were shot on April 11, 2011 between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm Pacific Time under semi-cloudy and sunny conditions. Photos were captured on the following cameras: Canon DSLR XTI/T2i, S95, Sony Cybershot, Canon Powershot. Lenses used include: Macro 60mm, Telephoto 70-200, Canon T2i 18-55mm, Canon XTI 17-85mm. A tripod was used for time-lapse, Gigapan, macro, telephoto, HDR, and photogrammetry shots. Smartphones were also used for documentation shots and Geo-tagging. The photos were post-processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.

Description written by Katie Salmond and Kenneth Chiu, following Addison’s proposed virtual heritage metadata format in his chapter “The Vanishing Virtual” in New Heritage: New Media and Cultural Heritage, edited by Kalay, et al., and published by Routledge in 2007.

Further information about City Lights bookstore can be found at www.citylights.com Will open in a new tab or window.All photos Copyright ©2011 Center for Digital Archaeology, Berkeley CA, licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0
For more information contact Center for Digital Archaeology, Berkeley, CA,
94720 or visit www.codifi.info/licensing Will open in a new tab or window[1] news.google.com/newspapers?id=WKI_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=JlYMA
[2] news.google.com/newspapers?id=M0IfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yc8EA
[3] news.google.com/newspapers?id=hwsrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cZoFA
[4] www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-4550312.html Will open in a new tab or windowOriginal filename: ANTHRO136SP11_NBE_CAM27_020

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