Posts Tagged ‘flags’

The Somewhat-Racist Italian Flag Light-Pole Stickers of North Beach and What One Chinese Dude Did About Them Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

One thing that me and our local real estate cabal agree upon is the sanctity of Broadway as a neighborhood dividing line on the east si-iiiide of San Francisco.

So I’ll admit that any area above B’Way isn’t a part of Chinatown. Fine.

But, you know, Chinese/Asian businesses started a foothold in North Beach proper, above B’Way, back in the day and certain people didn’t like it, not one bit.

So, these Italian light pole flags started going up a few decades ago as a response to the encroachment, the Asian Invasion. Take a look below.

Now I’ll tell you, one person who didn’t cotton to these flags was furniture store owner Ed Yee. You see, he preferred American flags. Read all about his campaign against colori italiani in this bit by Ilene Lelchuk from all the way back in aught-two. Ed’s windmill-tilting even made the Fox News back then.

But, after some blowback from people like Louis Calabro of the “European American Issues Forum” the City Family came down on Ed so his campaign to put up American flags on the Italian poles ended.

Count them, go ahead. These things are all over the place:

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Oh well.

Back in the 1800′s, people in North Beach would throw rocks at Chinese and Chinese Americans who ventured north of Broadway. You know, to send a message about who belongs where.

These days, we “defend” the Italian-ness, the whiteness of North Beach in a different way.

O.K. fine.

But I don’t approve.

We ought to take all these stickers down.

In closing:

“It’s a visual and therefore a visceral betrayal. Stop it!”

John Malkovich, Transformers III: Dark of the Moon

Berkeley Flags Flying in San Francisco’s Civic Center? “Another Planet” Stakes Its Claim at the Bill Graham Auditorium

Friday, January 13th, 2012

See these huge flags? They say, “Berkeley, Another Planet, Entertainment.”

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They’re all over the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium:

Shouldn’t they say “San Francisco, Another Planet, Entertainment,” instead?

I cry foul.

Courage.

Do These People Fly UC Berkeley Flags all the Time, Or Only On Days When Cal Wins a Nobel Prize?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I don’t have enough data to make this determination.

As seen yesterday, October 4th, 2011, in the Western Addition – it’s the mansion of patriotic San Franciscans:

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Congratulations, Dr. Saul Perlmutter! You now have “worldwide fame and campus parking.”*

All the deets after the jump.

*Don’t let the Streetsblog people find out about the free on-campus parking perk. I’m seriously.

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Appears as if Trinity Plaza wants Gay People to Move On Up to Eighth and Market

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B:

You see that? “Renting with PRIDE – 415 861-3333″

Well it _is_ June that would explain that.

Hey, what about that new building back there? How’s that working out?

 

Uh, I Think This Rainbow Flag at Market and Van Ness Has Been Hung Upside-Down

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

See?

This one goes violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, red instead of the other way around:

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You can’t have Violet:Spirit above Red:Life, can you?

Hold Onto Your Wands, Annual Quidditch Invitational Returns to Civic Center, Unless the Tents are for Something Else

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Your view of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is being blocked by these tents what just sprung up to engulf Civic Center Plaza.

(I understand that Hufflepuff will be the team to beat this year…)

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On a slightly more Sirius note, it’s Muggle Quidditch at Hahvahd University.

No matter, Harry Potter fever will be cured by July 15, 2011.

As seen on Fulton a while back:

You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just & loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true And unafraid of toil.

345 California Center Can’t Decide Whether to Root for the San Francisco Giants or the Oakland A’s

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

See?

Twas ever thus 695 feet above the Financh?

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Wonder how the people running 345 California Center handled the Battle of the Bay back in ’89…

Can You Get a Perfect Score on the Eurocentric Flags of Market Street Identification Test? Probably Not!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I was stumped by number one. (Is that red or orange? I figured it out a little later bit still, I was stumped at first.)

A perfect score is 11/11 although feel free to throw in the three at the bottom for an even 14, if you want to boost your results.

Don’t cheat or anything.

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Flags are at Half-Staff in San Francisco These Days Due to the Tuscon Shootings of January 9th, 2011

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Details at The Bay Citizen: Local Ties to Tuscon Tragedy

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Old Glory Goes Down at Civic Center – On Purpose or By Mistake, That’s the Only Question

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Here’s the scene in Civic Center Plaza these days, with the easternmost flag having trouble recently. (There’s a flagpole rag and the wind won’t stop.)

Not sure what’s going on, maybe something wore out or maybe somebody’s making a statement:

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