Posts Tagged ‘alamo square’

Rec and Park Advertises Itself With Too Many Banners – So Prevailing Winds Blew Its Fence Over at Alamo Square

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Here’s the news from yesterday, from Hoodline.

And here’s how things looked a couple days back. Notice all those banners?

20160614_173356 copy

Anyway, that’s old news. The new news is that the fence has been righted and all those many many banners have been removed, ’cause, as I’ve already said, our RPD is tremendously focused upon telling us how great it is.

What are we, North Korea?

At this same location, RPD thought it was a good idea to advertise the NFL with a tacky statue, such a good idea that RPD waived any and all of the fees it loves to charge everybody else. RPD didn’t understand how locals would react. It had to be taken away before the Big Game due to repeated attacks from locals.

And of course, this is also where RPD banned our poor tourists from gazing upon the Painted Ladies. Oh, until they carved out a section of Alamo Square like they should have done in the first place.

And oh, all the streetlights in shut-down Alamo Square are still burning 24-7-365 because electricity is free? IDK what they’re thinking over there.

That’s your clumsy RPD Alamo Square update for 2016.

So far…

Clumsy Rec and Park (RPD) Relents, Opens “Painted Ladies Viewing Area” at Alamo Square – Tourists Rejoice

Monday, June 13th, 2016

First it was all like this. All four square blocks of the Square were fenced off to one and all. Sad!

But now, it’s all like this, as of Friday afternoon, so now you can follow our visitors in to gaze upon the (sort of) Full House houses:

20160610_191855 copy

Expensive temporary signage to promote … our clumsy RPD:

20160610_191958 copy

Here’s the view from Hayes:

20160610_192126 copy

Is this the same RPD what carelessly rented out this very same part of Alamo Square to the NFL earlier this year?


Bad Dog? – “No, Bad Human” – Graffiti Artist Shames the Errant Dog Owners of the Western Addition’s “Alamo Square Historic District”

Friday, June 10th, 2016

I think leaving dog poo on the sidewalk is just as impermissible as tagging, but sometimes two wrongs make a right?

7J7C7264 copy

Anyway, somebody’s fed up with some of the dog owners of the Between Alamo Square And The Projects part of town…

Alamo Square Update: Rec and Park Finally Manages to Coral Our Tourists – Sure, Fence Hole Fixed, But…

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

IDK man, the accounting cost for RPD to shut down the entire four square block Alamo Square for a year or so is negligible, so that’s what they just done, oh well.

Here’s what you do – you imagine a billionaire from Mars is willing to pay for whatever expensive project that our SFGov workers can dream up AND you imagine that all the work required can be done in just one day. Then you ask yourself, would you want to do this project.

And the answer here is yes, it’d be nice to maintain the irrigation and fix up the old old bathroom and resod and do whatever else they’re doing. But is is worth shutting down the entire park for a year and spending all this precious taxpayer money? That’s the question.

In any event, the local millionaire homeowners (who don’t like tourists anyway) want this and RPD loves hiring people and spending money, so this is what we get.

On patrol to make sure nobody enters:

7J7C6372 copy

Sad tourists observing the Painted Ladies through a cyclone fence:

7J7C6375 copy

The now-famous fence hole, snipped by a local, used by tourists:

7J7C6376 copy

But look, plastic twisty ties have made the hole smaller – see?

7J7C6377 copy

Now here’s some homeowner-oriented signage from the RPD. (Note that the makr girl in the RPD banner would get a ticket from a Ranger if she actually affixed ropes to a tree and swung from it – isn’t it ironic. Dont’cha think? So why is this your logo, RPD? Whoopsie!)

7J7C6379 copy

Disappointed tourists on Steiner. Note the lack of cars parked here. I’ve never seen this sitch outside of street sweeping times.

7J7C6441 copy

Of course all the street lamps in shut down Alamo Square are now blazing away in the daytime, for some reason because, because RPD don’t care? Yep, because RPD don’t care.

7J7C6442 copy

Actually, RPD views us as deadbeats who cause RPD a bunch of problems. They think we’re undertaxed, so they’re constantly on the lookout to make moar money money money. Oh well.

Hey look, a rare Ranger patrol in the 94117, the better to keep the tourists out after being embarrassed on the TV and the Internet:

7J7C6444 copy

Oh, and here’s the more permanent fix for the now-famous hole, completed yesterday – double fencing:

7J7C6445 copy

That’ll do. Prolly…

“Fuller House” is Upon Us and This Giant Bus Ad is the Proof

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Fuller House begins today on Netflix.

7J7C1704 copy


VICTORY: NFL Relents – Hauls Super Bowl 50 Corporate Sculpture Ad From Alamo Square – NFL Badly Misled by Local “Host Committee”

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Get up to speed here:

Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – Photos

And here’s the latest from this morning – via LZ, we see that the NFL has relented to community pressure and it’s just removed the tacky “50” logo from Alamo Square:

good copy

Now it looks like this – the 50 is GONE. The workers must have been arriving just as I was leaving earlier this AM:

IMG_0163 copy

And now when you’re up at Union Square, the only way you can tell that San Francisco is hosting the party part of SB50 is this giant sign what’s supposed to tell tourists (and federal law enforcement?) not to keep valuables (or guns?) in cars, due to the high chances of break-ins in Mayor Ed Lee’s Frisco. Sadly, the sign hasn’t been turned on yet. [UPDATE: Oh, per Hoodline, the sign IS on, it’s just that nobody can read it? You know, that’s even worse. The ones I saw last year were legible. Mmm..]

IMG_0167 copy

So, questions:

1. Are the NFL people going to repair or replace it and then bring it back? If so, then it will need security 24-7. Perhaps more on-the-clock SFGov employees can “volunteer” some more of “their” time for this purpose?

2. OTOH, perhaps the NFL will remove all the statues from SF? That would be a nice gesture, IMO.

3. Hey, isn’t the local Host Committee supposed to warn the NFL when the NFL wants to do something grossly inappropriate, like isn’t the Committee supposed to have local knowledge?  

4. And how is the 50th Super Bowl [SB50] of 2016 not exactly like the 34th America’s Cup [AC34, aka “THE SUPER BOWL OF SAILING] of 2013? Check it: 

“…we estimate that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco due to hosting an America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.37 billion. This is three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).”

See how that works – our disastrous, deadly America’s Cup was predicted to be a BIGGER deal than any old Super Bowl. Was/is that true? NOPE. Oh well.

Anyway, apologies to the people of Alamo Square. Sorry about all this.

Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – Photos

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Get up to speed here:

“O0PS,” We Did It Again! – Local Residents Finally Topple One-Ton NFL Super Bowl “50” Ad Sculpture in Alamo Square

So some people stood this piece of NFL “art” back up yesterday, but at around 8:30 PM this thing went back down, and it stayed down. And that brings us to this morning, Sunday, January 31, 2016:

IMG_0134 copy

Here’s the report from late last night, from the midnight hour, I can feel the power:

“The sculpture had been righted when we returned to the area around 7pm. Then we heard a loud boom around 8:30pm– the satisfying metallic thud which meant it had been toppled again. BRAVO to the person(s) who did this again. SF loves you.”

This is no longer corporate advertising or corporate art – now it’s garbage. Look at it. Strewn coffee cups, aluminum cans, police CAUTION tape, oxidizing scrap iron plates all over, electronic guts and solar panels removed – it’s now garbage.

We’ve reached endgame. If the NFL people want, they can pick up their garbage afore they get cited (I mean, does the official permit allow it to be on the grass/mud? Nope) and then they could use this scrap to try again. I’m saying just look at the coin “art” graphic on the 0 in “50” – it’s been ripped away. It’s not presentable anymo is what I’m saying. Makeshift repairs aren’t going to cut it anymore. This monstrosity will need to go back to its Maker or it will need to be tossed.

Now what would happen if the NFL people replaced / repaired this thing 100% and then brought it back? The same thing, right?

IMG_0132 copy

Who thought this was a good idea?

“O0PS,” We Did It Again! – Local Residents Finally Topple One-Ton NFL Super Bowl “50” Ad Sculpture in Alamo Square

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

[UPDATE: And be sure not to miss SUP’ BRO?” in Civic Center and “UP R BOWEL” up atop Twin Peaks.]

[UPDATE II: And look, this act of creative destruction has Gone National already, although I should point out that first this ad was altered to say “OOPS” and only later was it pushed over, probably by two separate crews. And look, now the NFL is paying money (our money!) for security guards to watch over some of the other “art” pieces. What’ll happen next???]

First it was all like this – the NFL people thought San Franciscans would line up to thank them for having us pay for their ads, like this ugliness in Alamo Square:


But what happened was local citizens started attacking this giant metal ad. Look here our excellent HoodLine:

City Waived Fees For Controversial Super Bowl 50 Statues

See the image? It says, “Evict [Mayor] Ed Lee” in white spray paint.

Then the NFL people said that these ads are “graffiti resistant,” and they tried to clean things up.

Then the same “artwork” was altered by area residents to say “SUPERB OWL


Then this thing got fixed again by the NFL or whomever, sort of. Note the missing aluminum strip around the “0”

7J7C0045a copy

Then the letters were rearranged yesterday to say “O0PS

And now here’s the scene this morning – what, where did it go? Do you see the sculpture?

IMG_0082 copy

I thought, well, what happened, did the locals simply haul it off or perhaps the NFL people decided this was too much of an embarrassment / distraction so maybe they hauled it away?

Oh, here it is! Boom:

IMG_0063 copy

And you see those reddish (metal?) plates?

IMG_0065 copy

They’re what was weighing these ads down.

IMG_0068 copy

So they wanted to make these ads look solid, but the truth is that they’re more like cheesy Beats Solo headphones, by Dr. Dre, oh well.

Oh look, a Google (and now Storer Transportation too?) bus stop in the background:

IMG_0070 copy

Cleverly, the latest crew of locals took the “0” from “Super Bowl 5o” to use as a capital “O” (along with the “O” in BOWL to form “O0ps.” Nice.

IMG_0073 copy

Those are the Painted Ladies / Seven Sisters in the background

IMG_0076 copy

I’m thinking this would be a good opportunity for the NFL to simply apologize and then get rid of this monstrosity this weekend.

IMG_0079 copy

Also, it’d be nice if the NFL could put like $20,000,000 in escrow to pay for having all their parties here. Then the City of SF could draw down the monies to pay for all our out of pocket expenses.

It might seem funny that most San Franciscans don’t want the NFL coming here, but this is the case. Sorry, America.

Host Rejects Parasite: SF Residents Repeatedly Attack NFL SB50 Sculpture at Alamo Square – SUPER BOWL –> “SUPERB OWL”

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

[UPDATE: And the latest alteration from the locals is SUPER BOWL —> ‘SUP BRO? right in front of City Hall, the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere. Simply, the NFL’s annual party is not welcome in this town. Sorry.]

[UPDATE II: Local toughs just went out and simply toppled this hefty statue. This is going to be a long Super Week…]

Remember when the Na’vi people let some Marines mine all their unobtanium on Pandora?

It looked like this – the people, La Raza ended up fighting back:

navi copy

You know, as best they could.

Now look what’s happening up at Alamo Square now that news has come to light that our deadbeat NFL out negotiated our weak Mayor.

So the initial attacks upon this tacky sculpture got cleaned up, but now comes something new, from last night or this morning.

For starters, here’s what it looks like from the back, just plopped down in the square:

IMG_9954 copy

See what happened? The locals have gone hog-wild on it again and passersby are staring mouths agape:

IMG_9968 copy

Hey look here – is This Guy (seen via Twitter user Shanan / ShananD) attacking the tacky sculpture or is he trying to do a repair? Or something else? I just can’t tell.

Tacky “gold” aluminum trim panel? Ripped out. NFL sticker on the side? Scratched out:

IMG_9966 copy


IMG_9965 copy

What did this use to say? Was it “3 of 10?” Can’t tell now:

IMG_9963 copy

NFL coins? Keyed, with extreme prejudice:

IMG_9962 copy

And oh yeah, did this thing used to have solar panels? I’ve never seen them – they were the first to go prolly. All what’s left are plastic holes on the back. I’ll tell you, every square foot of this monstrosity has been attacked, in some way or another

IMG_9961 copy

You’re not in Kansas anymore, Chief.

Col. Quaritch: You are in Frisco, Ladies and Gentlemen and Arabic Numerals. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is a Hell, you might wanna go there for some R & R after SB50, cause out there beyond that fence every living thing that crawls, flies, or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubes. We have an indigenous population of humanoids called San Franciscans. They’re fond of verbal arrows dipped in a neurotoxin that will stop your solar panels in one minute – and they have backbone. They are very hard to kill. As head of NFL Security, it is my job to keep you “50” sculptures alive. I will not succeed. Not with all of you. If you wish to survive, you need to cultivate a strong, mental aptitude. You got to obey the rules: San Francisco Rules. Rule number one…

Note to the NFL: If You Go Too Far with Corporate Sponsorships in San Francisco, You’re Going to Get Blowback – Sorry – Here’s an Example

Friday, January 15th, 2016

I don’t know who would pay a bunch of money for some advertising sculpture and then leave it out on a Western Addition sidewalk overnight, but it’s got to be somebody with a high tolerance for vandalism.

What our Local Host Committee might not have told you, NFL, is that Things Are Different Here, say compared with Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando and all those other places filled with people who actually want you to come visit every seven years.


To make my point, let’s head on over to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to check out this plaque celebrating General Motors (GM, actually Old GM, the one we had before the big bankruptcy):

7J7C1455 copy

You see, back in the 1990’s, GM just gave us the low six figures it took to put in the beloved Panhandle Playground and all it asked in return was this wooden plaque. It’s says “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN* DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But the corporate part got chiseled away, by angry hippies.

Sorry, GM.

Do you really want to come back to SF to hosts your parties  for Super Bowl 57 or SBLXII or whatever? I don’t think you do, NFL.

Hey, what about LA as your Permanent West Coast Venue?

Just asking…

*A kind of car at the time. The branding had an Apple-ish kid of appeal, at the time. Ironically, SF never even had a local Saturn dealer, but a local ad agency did the branding so we ended up with a free playground.