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Market & Powell
I did, however, realize the truth about a certain cliché recently when I watched the World Series and heard Tony Bennett sing. Tony Bennett is, of course, associated with San Francisco’s best cliché, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Although he did not sing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” during the World Series, it was hard not to be reminded of the song lyrics. It occurred to me that the song consists of 3 phrases only and more of a serenade to the cable cars.
"I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars
Climb halfway to the stars"
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& Flood Building
The beautiful thing about the San Francisco Cable Car is that it is completely authentic and still runs the same way it did way back then. It is the only transportation system listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the NRHP, “it is the only remaining permanently operational manually-operated cable car system in the world.”
Today, the cable car system is part of the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) and operates on three routes:*
1) The Powell-Mason line begins at the Powell/ Market turntable, and the line runs from there up and over Nob Hill and down to Bay Street at Fisherman's Wharf.
2) The Powell-Hyde line also begins at the Powell Market turntable and runs over Nob and Russian hills before ending at Aquatic Park near Ghirardelli Square
3) The California Street line runs East-West from the Financial District, through Chinatown, over Nob Hill and stops at Van Ness Avenue.
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