Twitter threatened to move to Brisbane a few years back of course – then Brisbane would have had at least one star, sort of. Oh well.
Perhaps Frisco just wants to say it doesn’t like chain stores, but it actually loves chain stores? It sure seems that way.
Of course, you won’t find this slice o’ suburbia down at Castro and Market, but head north for a little bit, IDK a mile or two, and bam!, here we are at City Centre, all hidden away, with free parking, you know, galore. Here’s the SUBWAY sign going up and it won’t be long ’til the Chiptole sign goes up right next door:
And the “anchors” at this mall? Best Buy and Target, natch! (Can the nearest Trader Joe’s be far away? It could, but it’s not. Not at all.)
Now here’s the update: Chiptole won’t be opening this week or this month, it’s safe to say:
“Burritofication” will be “in progress” for some time, it appears…
As seen at our Randall Museum:
Starting from the southeast, take Army/Cesar Chavez to Clipper and around Twin Peaks and up 7th Avenue and then jink over to like 11th Avenue (whatever it takes to get the dry rub chicken places of the Inner Sunset inside the City Limits – they seem pretty lively at night) and then up through GGP and the Richmond District up to the Presidio, where there’s a nice jag at 7th Avenue and then back east along West Pacific at the border and then up north along the Lyon Street Steps and then around Palace Drive all the way to the Bay and then you capture the waterfront all the way down to just north of Warm Water Cove:
Oh, Divisadero doesn’t mean division, BTW.
Of course there are other days you can visit this place for free, but the lines can be quite long because the whole world is invited. It can look like this:
Or at least that’s my impression. Just look at this – these people in the pouring rain on JFK Drive were hundreds and hundreds of yards away from the main entrance. The nice thing about zip code-based free neighborhood weekends is that it’s not as crowded as this, plus they throw in Fridays too.
Anyway, the days for 2015 go from February 27th to March 22.
All the deets:
“San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on designated weekends each spring and fall, according to zip code.
Free admission is available for San Francisco residents of each zip code during the designated dates listed below. Visiting adults are limited to six children for free entry. Proof of residency* is required.
Bernal Heights, Castro, Cole Valley, Glen Park, Haight, Lake Merced, Mission, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood
Zip codes: 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132
Spring 2015 Free Days: Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1
Zip codes: 94116, 94122
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 6, 7, 8
Chinatown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Russian Hill, Seacliff, Telegraph Hill, Western Addition
Zip codes: 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, 94133
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 13, 14, 15
Bayview-Hunters Point, Downtown, Hayes Valley, Ingelside-Excelsior, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Visitacion Valley
Zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 20, 21, 22
* Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:
A driver license or state ID card
Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date
Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)”
Well, no it’s not. Add together all the land of San Francisco County, even including all the landfill and the Farallones and Alcatraz and even including the slivers of islands we only have small parts of, like Angel Island and Red Rock Island and Alameda Island, all of it, is only just 46 point something square miles.
Don’t you people know that?
So 7×7 = 49, yeah sure, that’s a good start, but what about the Great San Francisco Bight? (Or bite, either way.) A big part of our Upper Left is missing, right?
So you’re the great cheerleaders for the City and County but you don’t even know what it looks like, right?
Is this pedantry what I’m committing? Well, you tell me, babe. Hey, let’s talk about the other Mayor who got appointed by Mayor Willie Brown – let’s hear something from Gavin Newsom:
“We can sue – we’re a 49 square mile city, founded in 1849, by the 49’ers. The city [Santa Clara] can’t take the name 49’ers.”
Well leaving aside the facts that SF wasn’t founded in 1849 and it wasn’t founded by 49’ers (who actually lived far to the east of SF in 1849), and that some 49’ers settled in Santa Clara as well, leaving all that aside, we’re not a 49 square mile city, right? So that shouldn’t be a any part of a legal argument about where any NFL stadium should be, right? Until at least one of our Mayors gets things right, this pattern will continue. Right?
(And check the video – if that’s what he’s like post-“rehab,” what was he like before?)
Anyway, how about Get Your Kicks in the 46, you know, instead? I’m sure our NikeTown would like that one. Or, rounding up, you could go with Shopping Heaven in the 47?
Oh, and the other thing is that telling people to only shop in the county where they reside, which is more or less what we’re doing here, is a baaaaaad idea for a tourist town like Frisco.
Oh, and another thing is, gee, is this kind of feel-good thing effective? No, but you’re trying to throw struggling boutiques a bone? OK. But with stuff like this?
Having breakfast/lunch/dinner @__________, my favorite place to #shopdine49
I’m making a difference by shopping and dining in the 49 this holiday season #shopdine49
I support local businesses and I love my neighborhood. #shopdine49″
Why would a normal person follow any of these suggestions?
Here’s Willie Brown (Mayor of San Francisco, 1996 to Present) going on about:
The problem with that is that Paris only has one (1) sister city and it’s not San Francisco.
They even have a saying about this:
Only Paris is worthy of Rome; only Rome is worthy of Paris.
Ergo, San Francisco is not “worthy” of being the Sister City of either Paris or Rome.
Sorry, Mayor Brown.
The fact is that Paris is in an exclusive sister-city relationship. It’s an “elaborate cultural partnership,” as they say.
Now, here’s our real relationship with The City of Light. We’ve signed a few of these things:
“Pacts of friendship and cooperation signed by the City of Paris.”
Which, IRL, is rien de bien grave* (no biggee).
All right, TTFN. But remember:
Always Never Have Paris.
*Paris, France is pals with just about everybody:
2011: Sao Paulo, signed an amendment to the Cooperation Agreement of 2004
2011: Rio de Janeiro
2011: Ramallah, signed a pact of friendship and cooperation inauguration, the Garden of Nations, a bust by French sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), including Ramallah to Paris
2010: Tel Aviv-Jaffa
2009: San Francisco
2009: Rio de Janeiro
2007: Phnom Penh
2004: Sao Paulo
2003 St. Petersburg
2001: Porto Alegre (joint statement)
2000 (updated in 2004): Washington
1999: OVA (Arab Towns Organization)
1999: Buenos Aires
1997: St. Petersburg
1996: San Francisco
1956: Rome (Twin Exclusive)
Well, here it is, “OPENING SOON!” as promised:
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So this chain already has 1800 or so outlets, so let’s call this place at Geary and Masonic Store #1801.
The thing is, regular San Franciscans, not the electeds, you know, just regular people, love chain stores and here’s the test: OPEN ONE UP AND SEE IF PEOPLE SHOP THERE. You dig? That’s why chain stores are banned or are effectively banned in certain areas under certain conditions.
If San Franciscan didn’t like chain stores, then chain stores wouldn’t open up here in the first place, or, if they did, then nobody would shop there and then the chain stores would close up and leave.
Now this particular chain store is hidden away, like a porno shop, and that helped it get approved. you see, we like chain stores but we don’t want to see them all over the place.
On It Goes…