Countless men have lived their lives in single room occupancy hotels in the central city neighborhoods of San Francisco. The area between 3rd and 4th, Mission and Folsom was once a teeming neighborhood of such hotels, and many of the men who fought and won in the 1930s as dockers and seamen retired to live out their days in this area. Starting the mid-1960s they were relentlessly driven from the neighborhood by the Redevelopment Agency.
Former residents of the SOMA.
Residents in a SOMA residence hotel.
photos: courtesy Ira Nowinski