The Lyon Street steps are popular both for their aesthetic surroundings and their cardiovascular workout. The steps are quite steep and line a series of private homes stretching these two city blocks, but Feinstein’s house is the only abode whose front door and garden face the general foot-traffic with such open largesse. She definitely invites the public view and encourages our enjoyment with a lavish garden of short hedgerows, trimmed topiaries and an abundance of colorful flowers all surrounded by a wide plaza. Some un-shy people even use the plaza to extend their workout to sit-ups, push-ups and stretching.
I remember, way back in 2003, walking through the garden and plaza with my mom and passing by this house when it was up for sale. The doors were left wide open, and we could see through to the immense foyer of black & white tiled floors and immaculately white walls and covered staircase. A grand piano was artfully placed so that it appeared to float in a white cloud illuminated with sun-rays shooting down from what must have been skylights. It was quite stunning and rather surreal – an image emblazoned in my memory.
At present, amidst so much controversy about guns and the ownership of guns, the Senator continues to push forward gun control legislation, including the Gun-free Schools Act.
“I wrote the assault weapons ban that was the law of
the land for a decade. Now the NRA essentially has a stranglehold on congress with the brutal consequences of firearms.”
The city of San Francisco is unique in so many ways, not least of all its sanctuaries of rare birds: herons, egrets, hundreds of migratory birds, ocean birds and even owls and wild parrots! They are cherished and protected. But the people of San Francisco are also rare and unique, and as a fierce advocate for gun control, the Senator obviously has a love of these rare beings: both the birds and the people – of San Francisco and of the whole nation. I have to admire her for that.