|Northwest corner of Sacramento and Hyde Streets|
The tragedy of sidewalk dyslexia.
Copyright © 3-2-14 by Chris Enquist
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
During the week I sometimes walk past the intersection of Market and Van Ness
On the north side of Market Street heading towards the Castro, there’s a chain-link fence that for several months had one section covered by knotted red ribbons and yellow locks.
Earlier this week, someone re-arranged the ribbons around the yellow locks into a heart. I call it Homeless Heart, because of the destitute people who normally can be seen on that stretch of Market.
I asked a man sitting on a milk crate with his back reading a newspaper if he knew anything about who re-tied the ribbons into the shape of a heart. He thought it was a girl, but he wasn't sure.
Whoever it was, thank you.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
One of the many reasons I like living in my neighborhood (middle Polk Street) are the signs and window decorations of the local store owners. The window display featured today is from Discount Grocers.
It’s basically a corner market that ended up on Polk Street between Bush and Sutter. Go figure. Anyway, Discount Grocers often has holiday windows; these celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
One of the many reasons I like living in my neighborhood (middle Polk Street) are the signs and window decorations of the local store owners. The one featured today, currently on view at Royal Liquors at the corner of Pine and Polk, is a personal/local shout-out to Liz and John, who are getting married this coming Sunday, February 16.
It’s corny, I know. Small town. Like I said, it’s one of the reasons I like living where I do.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Last Saturday walking my dogs while it was still only drizzling, I came across a group of well-off young people departing for a weekend party boarding a chartered bus.
It wasn’t a stretch or prejudice to assume they were well-off. First of all, this was a chartered bus, which meant the people boarding it either (a) worked for a company that paid for their transportation and overnight lodging somewhere or (b) the people boarding pitched in and paid for it themselves. Also, many probably lived in the neighborhood, where the average apartment rent is currently over $2,500 per month.
The mostly-white crowd was boisterous and happy, already having a good time before the bus even departed.
‘Where are you going?’ I asked out loud to the crowd in general.
‘Someplace accessible only by bus,’ a man replied. I laughed.
Alll the faces I saw were young, smiling, enjoying themselves, and why not? This is their moment. They were, at least for this weekend, on top of the world.
Finally, everyone was on board except for the driver.
Before they departed, I noticed the bus was parked outside the MUNI bus stop, instead of inside. Points for that, ExecutivƎ charter bus.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
One of the things I like about living in my neighborhood are the sayings and drawings scratched and painted here and there in the sidewalks.
This one seems appropriate for today:
|on north side of Bush between Polk and Larkin Streets|
Haven’t had one of those in quite awhile. Hopefully, we’ll have a few more.