Chinatown is the oldest urban area in San Francisco, and like New York's Battery and New Orleans' French Quarter, its touristed excesses can be overlooked for the rich vein of germinative, cobblestoned history that informs it. Back in the pre-Gold Rush days, when the city was known as Yerba Buena and its population hovered below a thousand, Portsmouth Square was the center of the settlement and Grant Avenue (then Dupont) was the... More >>>