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The History Of San Francisco’s Portola Neighborhood, In A Colorful Mural

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Josiah Luis Alderete
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San Bruno Ave. Mural by Arthur Koch

A lot of San Francisco neighborhoods have iconic visual identities — like the Mission district with its colorful murals, or the Fillmore with sidewalk plaques commemorating the “Harlem of the West.” So then what do we see when we  walk down San Bruno Avenue in the Portola district — just down the hill from KALW on the Southeast side of the city?

Artist Arthur Koch shares backstory of this oft-forgotten San Francisco neighborhood. 

KOCH: The city recently officially named the Portola the garden district because we were always kind of the farms for San Francisco a long time ago.

This story first aired in My of 2017.