is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California
, USA, located on the east side of the city, east of the Mission District
and south of the South of Market
area. It is roughly bordered by 16th Street to the north, Potrero Avenue or U.S. Route 101
to the west and Cesar Chavez Street to the south. There are many docks
located on the eastern edge of the neighborhood, which are mainly built atop landfill
Notable features of Potrero Hill include the Anchor Steam Brewery located on Mariposa Street, between Carolina and DeHaro Streets and owned by the washing machine heir Fritz Maytag, a section of Vermont Street between 20th Street and 22nd Street that has many switchbacks, similar to Lombard Street, Bottom of the Hill on 17th Street, a popular music venue in San Francisco, and the public housing projects on the southeastern side of the hill. The powder blue water tower, located near 22nd Street and Wisconsin Street, was demolished in mid-2006 (as part of a seismic upgrade and due to the fact that it was no longer needed).
"Potrero" is Spanish for "pasture": the name derives from a 1835 land grant to Don Francisco de Haro to graze cattle in the "potrero nuevo" ("new pasture").
- De Haro Street is named after Francisco De Haro. Along with Potrero Avenue, it is one of the main streets of the neighborhood. Most of this street is served by the Muni 19 Polk route.
- Vermont Street is famed for the block between 20th and 22nd which, like the better-known Lombard Street, has several sharp switchbacks.
- 18th Street runs through the heart of the North side of the hill and is home to three blocks that serve as the primary shopping and dining spot in the neighborhood.
run through Potrero Hill, U.S. Route 101
on the western side, Interstate 280
on the eastern side. The San Francisco Municipal Railway
provides bus service on the hill and light rail service on 3rd Street
commuter rail has a stop at 22nd street beneath Interstate 280.
The names of most streets in Potrero Hill are taken from battleships constructed at the nearby shipyards during World War II and are ordered chronologically by the ships' completion dates. This naming scheme extends slightly beyond Potrero Hill into the Dogpatch neighborhood to the East and the Mission District to the West.
The streets, in order from East to West are:
- Illinois St.
- Tennessee St.
- Minnesota St.
- Indiana St.
- Pennsylvania St.
- Mississippi St.
- Texas St.
- Missouri St.
- Connecticut St.
- Arkansas St.
- Wisconsin St.
- Carolina St.
- De Haro St. (not a ship name)
- Rhode Island St.
- Kansas St.
- Vermont St.
- Utah St.
The streets in the Mission District that follow this naming scheme are:
- Hampshire St.
- York St.
- Florida St.
- Potrero Hill has been a location in the movies and TV, 1948's I Remember Mama, 1990's Pacific Heights (the actual house is at Texas and 19th Street, not in Pacific Heights) , 2002's 40 days and 40 nights and 2001's Sweet November , and in chase scenes in Bullitt, The Dead Pool and Just Like Heaven. TV shows include The Streets of San Francisco and Nash Bridges.
- Potrero Hill is also mentioned in the dark thriller The Game (1997) as being the location where the mysterious 'Christine' lives.
- Potrero Hill begins the Dirty Harry film, Magnum Force (1973), with a murder at 18th and Pennsylvania.
- Australian band Architecture in Helsinki reference Potrero Hill in their song "Rendezvous: Potrero Hill", found on their album entitled In Case We Die (2005).
- Other films shot in the famed Potrero Hill neighborhood, The Organization (1971), The Laughing Policeman (1973), Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981), The Rock (1996), Sweet November (2001), and High Crimes (2002).
. Protrero Hill is home to James Patterson's character "Detective/Sargent/Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer" of the Womens Murder club book series, and is mention regularly.
- San Francisco's Potrero Hill by Peter Linenthal, Abigail Johnston, and the Potrero Hill Archives Project, was published by Arcadia Publishing Co. in their Images of America series in 2005. Its 128 pages are full of photos and neighborhood history. It includes early Native American Ohlone history, Mission Dolores, early industry, both world wars, the 1960s, and recent developments. Many photos come from family collections.