89-1/2 B Rainey Street, 2007.
89-1/2 B Rainey Street, 2016.
I lived at the white duplex at the end of this road from 1991 to 1994. Two of my cats were buried in the backyard. (One, Toonces, was run over in front of me as I called her one morning before work; the other, Katie Scarlett, I found dead, run over, in my front yard when I got home from work.)
Rainey Street is now a hipster bar district. My cats' graves have long been bulldozed.
This period of time was very unhappy for me, despite how much I loved the place itself. Bad/very sad breakup. I was desolate nearly the whole time. I would walk down to the river (a short walk to the right) whenever I was upset. Got stopped by the police once at Thanksgiving when I was stalking around grimly ("I'm just in a bad mood, officer.") Also got stopped once by a couple of guys looking for a good time ("No thanks. I'm just in a bad mood.").
It all could have been much worse.
I miss my cats. I miss the hope I felt when I first moved into this place. What the place turned into is worse than my own specific sad memories.