Exploring San Francisco through the lens of city blocks, Blocker is a weekly series by Charles Hodgkins. Look for it on SFist each Wednesday, around the lunching hour.

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Blocker, No. 26: Amethyst Way in Diamond Heights

Certain blocks speak to specific eras. While the local architecture can play a significant role, perhaps the most crucial factor is one that can’t be defined. It’s a mood we begin to sense as we sift around an area - what we imagine it to have been like so many years before, and in the case of certain places, perhaps how little it’s changed in the years since.

Mission St. in the Excelsior had us thinking 1972 or so. Sturgeon St. on Treasure Island seemed rutted in about 1987. Country Club Dr. in the Parkside had 1954 down pat.

By the same metric, Amethyst Way in Diamond Heights feels like 1966.