San Francisco Magazine - Treasure Island

Treasure Island, a manmade sprawl of 400 acres in the middle of San Francisco Bay, recently found itself in the news when Google began building a mysterious barge along one of its piers. But intrigue around the project obscured something far more interesting: the mystery of Treasure Island itself.

At a time when downtown San Francisco is exploding with growth and tech dollars, this gorgeous but blighted piece of land represents a fascinating exception. To visit this strange realm is to walk in on a palpable limbo, somewhere between the windswept, underpopulated ex-Navy base of today and an aspirational aqua-urban dreamscape of the not-too-distant future. Big changes are coming, and the only certainty most residents have is that they’ll be total.

Photographed for San Francisco Magazine in San Francisco, CA
Text by Chris Colin.