The Green Arcade

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It’s always exhilarating to stumble on a bookstore in your own city that you never knew existed. Especially a bookstore that is curated specifically around the built environment, ecological sustainability and the intellectual cutting edge.

A bookstore that basically only carries remarkable titles.

And so I discovered The Green Arcade in San Francisco, right where Haight tumbles into Market, in the neighborhood I like to think is called The Deco Ghetto, but I could be mistaken. A fiendishly eclectic selection of urban planning, gardening, architecture, select poetry and fiction, noir, and cultural studies titles are laid out in a cozy and sunny space and the proprietor Patrick is at once an affable, learned and helpful gentleman.

Along with owning and curating The Green Arcade bookstore, he also publishes through his imprint Green Arcade (in partnership with PM Press) socially-conscious noir, like Jim Nesbit’s A Moment Of Doubt.

Here’s an interview with Patrick at Noir City.


Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →