Journals

  • Chinatown Pretty
    MEDIA

    New School Style

    - Some of the most Instagrammed ensembles on San Francisco’s streets are found on the backs of senior citizens in Chinatown and posted to Chinatown Pretty, a popular blog, Instagram feed and soon-to-be book.
JUNAID ACKROYD
PHOTOGRAPHY

Resistance Windows

In several San Francisco neighborhoods, particularly the Mission District and Potrero Hill, residents have been placing political signs in their windows in response to policies from President Donald Trump and his administration.

Gavin Newsom is almost certain to be elected governor in November, and he’ll have to grapple with a variety of major issues, some of them longtime California topics.
SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES
ISSUES

Familiar Problems

From housing to poverty to transportation to the environment, these are the issues the new governor, Gavin Newsom, will have on his plate. Most of them are holdovers from the Brown administration — and before.

Bret Harte
CALIFORNIA LETTERS

He Left His Harte

Bret Harte (1836-1902) was an important figure in California literature as a chronicler of 19th century life and teller of tales. He wrote these dispatches for The Christian Register in Boston and The Republican in Springfield, Mass.

“The rules don’t say anything about Airbnb-ing your property to help pay off the mortgage.”
AMY KURZWEIL
CARTOONS

Altatude Winter Cartoons

Every quarter, Alta editors receive hundreds (and hundreds) of cartoon submissions for Altatudes, the comic-filled back page of the magazine. These are our picks for Alta's 2018 Winter Issue.

Inset: An artist’s rendering of stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst.
COLD CASE

Driver’s Secret

Charley Parkhurst was one of the rootin’, tootin’-est stagecoach driver in Gold Rush-era California. But Charley had a secret that became known only after death: he was actually a she.

Thomas O. Larkin
CALIFORNIA LETTERS

SF’s First Boom

Thomas O. Larkin was the Navy’s agent in San Francisco, as well as being a successful businessman himself. His Gold Rush letters to his friends and colleagues tell familiar stories about life amid a financial boom.