I live in the Panhandle neighborhood in San Francisco and I’ve been working from home since mid-March when the city issued a shelter in place. To achieve my 10k step goal (which is quite difficult when working from home) and to stay mentally sane, I take frequent walks around the neighborhood. I bring my camera along to practice my urban photography and document life in quarantine.
You can check out my previous post on what Mission District looks like during the pandemic.
This segment of pandemic streets brings us to Divisadero Street in NoPa (North of Panhandle).
The Divisadero corridor of NoPa spans only a few streets but is dense with restaurants, bars, and local markets. The surrounding streets are pretty residential, so this is where most people hang out or get their essential items. On weekdays, you can find people catching up with friends at local restaurants or bars, and on weekends, you can find people grabbing coffee at Sightglass Coffee, brunch at Nopa, or fresh produce from Bi-Rite. It’s not uncommon to bump into someone you know while walking down Divisadero.
However, since quarantine started, Divisadero Street feels dead at all times of the day. Besides UberEats or DoorDash drivers and the occasional line outside of Bi-Rite, there aren’t many people (and even cars) on the streets. It’s eerie to see all the storefronts boarded up or with their gates locked. I hope these businesses can still reopen after the shelter in place is lifted and Divisadero Street can see some of the liveliness from the pre-quarantine era.
These photos were taken on March 21, just four days after shelter in place started. I was beginning to get accustomed to working from home and took regular walks around the neighborhood.