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Lilac Street: 1936

Lilac Street: 1936

February 1936. "Lilac Street, Mission District, San Francisco. Rent fifteen dollars a month for three rooms." The alley seen earlier here. Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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Contrast

Lilac Street is considerably more colorful these days:

Little kid ...

... peering out of the upstairs window would be about 85 years old now, if he lived.

Perspective?

The median price of a home (May '17) in San Fran is $1,194,300 so in comparison, today a person would have to make just under $120,000 PER MONTH.

Perspective

During the 30s my dad made the total of $50 a month or about that. Mom told me they bought their first home for $500. Times were hard all over.

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