San Francisco writer, history guy, designer, editor, and more.

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Nice Compliment

The May 29, 2013 edition of SF Weekly calls me the Best Amateur Historian:

The self-described "Big History Guy"—he is 6-foot-5—is the executive director of the Western Neighborhoods Project and the keeper of the mesmerizing If ever there were a more surefire way for a history-minded San Franciscan to blow an afternoon perusing old photos and reading insightful essays than visiting this site, we haven't found it yet. LaBounty is also the author of Carville-by-the-Sea, a history of the days when folks lived in former streetcars at the city's westernmost edge. This, too, is a splendid way to while away the day time-traveling to a bygone age when people had the time to while away the day.

Of course I'm not the best, but merely a person who likes to share the work of the great local historians: Richard Brandi, Marsha Fontes, John Freeman, David Gallagher, Angus Macfarlane, John Martini, Christine Miller, Lorri Ungaretti and many others.


Carville-by-the-Sea: San Francisco's Streetcar Suburb
My book on an 1890s beachside community made of defunct transit cars. Reviews, notes, and purchasing information.

Ingleside Terraces: San Francisco's Racetrack to Residence Park
How a failed racetrack became one of San Francisco's finest master-planned neighborhoods, albeit with quirky touches. Bonus material and purchasing information.

San Francisco's St. Francis Wood
Editor, researcher, and designer of this stunning book by Richard Brandi and Mark Citret.

Historic Context Statements Adopted by the City of San Francisco

Balboa Park Area Plan & Historic Resource Survey (contractor with TBA West)

San Francisco's Parkside District: 1905-1957 (coauthor with Richard Brandi)

San Francisco's Ocean View, Merced Heights, and Ingleside (OMI) Neighborhoods, 1862-1959 (coauthor with Richard Brandi)

Online Columns and Articles

Before Now at Ocean Beach Bulletin
Local history columns for news website

Western Neighborhoods Project work
Profiles, long pieces, and sourced articles

More on Me (Fun Stuff)

1,795 photos
Some stop-action video fun created by my daughter, nephews, and me back in 2006.

The Slinkey Family: A Victorian Melodrama
Stories and images from the always-interesting Slinkey side of my family.