A little history:
Before the 1906 earthquake, the area now known as The Marina was mostly tidal pools, sand dunes, and marshland (I think similar to the low country of the Carolinas). Nearby Crissy Fields gets the credit for this geological characteristic. After the devastation of the 1906 earthquake, the area was chosen as the site for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. This event was held in San Francisco to celebrate the reconstruction and growth of the city after such a disastrous earthquake and fire. One of the downsides of this area was that when the city prepared for the Exposition, they constructed the buildings on landfill: some rubble from the earthquake as well as mud and sand dredged from the Bay.
Though the architecture (with a primarilyArt Deco influence as opposed to the Edwardian and Victorian architecture of other parts of the city) has changed little since the 1920s, The Marina suffered serious damage during another earthquake in 1989. Basically the landfill upon which the buildings were resting liquefied and caused the building foundations to crumble and the structures to pancake. For our parents' sake, I will refrain from putting up photos of the aftermath.
Now, this is a little secret we were keeping from our parents when we told them where we were going to live. But since my mother called me one day and made me watch a History Channel documentary on the 1906 earthquake, she discovered the disturbing truth. If there were to be another earthquake, The Marina would probably receive the worst beating of the entire city.
Here's another hint I left off my "oh please don't" post earlier: DON'T talk about earthquakes in San Francisco. Just don't joke about it, ask people about it, or otherwise refer to the possibility. K?
The Marina is named for an obvious reason - it's right by The Marina!
And on your way there you can look at these:
This is our building: we are on the top right - you can probably see our shampoo in the window.