Posts Tagged ‘tents’
A Brief History of Division Street’s Homeless People in Tents, 2015-2016 – Plus Theories: El Nino v. Super Bowl 50Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Well, let’s go way back for starters, back when the Bicycle Thieves Of San Francisco aimed to steal your entire bike. They’d sometimes get caught with stolen bikes and car jacks.*
But these days, it’s bike parts thieves seem to settle for, so cyclists need to protect not just the frame but also the wheels, the saddle and the headset, and other bits too, if you can.
So that means that today’s bike thief needs room to store stuff and that’s where Division Street comes in. It’s been a good place to park a vehicle or pitch a tent without being bothered too much, plus it’s close to the action – it’s close to 7th and Market and the Main Library.
This is what things looked like under the I-80 before Fall 2015 as I remember things:
This is how I remember things being for a decade or two.
But then all of a sudden, instead of a few tents here and there, a bunch of tents popped up. They filled up practically every possible space in lines that stretched from Costco #144 all the way to South Van Ness. I’m guessing this occurred anywhere from mid-to-late November 2015 to early December at the latest.
This is part of the north (aka west) side of Division on Dec. 13th:
Compare that with this shot of the same place on Dec. 9th
And this is the other side of the street closer to 10th Street at the end of December:
I’ll tell you, most of these hundreds of people are NOT bike thieves.
So why did they show up here at the end of 2015?
The Holidays? I could see why the SFPD et al might want to ignore things until after Thanksgiving, Christmas and whatnot.
El Nino? This would be a good place to stay out of most of the rain, of course, and the forecast was for lots of it coming soon.
Super Bowl 50? The corporate party part of Super Bowl 50 had lots of knock-on effects for SFGov – it seemed like each and every SF Department was gearing up. At the time I thought, well, this doesn’t look too good either, if this is the alternative to homeless people hanging out near Super Bowl City in the Financial.
Availability of Tents? I remember seeing truck upon truck delivering stuff here, something like an FM radio station with “Chuy in the Morning” written on the side, something like that. So sure, food, but tents too? IDK.
Those are some ideas, anyway.
I don’t know, if SFGov cleans out all these tents in February 2016, will that end shoplifting at Rainbow Grocery?
We’ll find out soon enough.
Anyway, that’s your brief history of the tents on Division from 2015-2016.
*Stolen from the trunks of boxy Volvos. It was a thing.
Unprecedented Density: Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee’s Under-the-Freeway Tent City – One After Another, Block After BlockMonday, December 28th, 2015
I’ve never seen it like this, during our Winter of ’15, not in all my years…
I remember Camp Agnos in Civic Center and of course we had Occupy SF back in aught-eleven, but I’ve never seen the streets of San Francisco like this, like this part of Ed Lee‘s Tent City, with one tent after the other stretching as far as the eye can see…
Presenting Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee’s Tent City: Hundreds of People Living on the Northern Sidewalks of 13th StreetMonday, December 14th, 2015
The north part of each block of the stretch of road underneath the I-80 from 11th Street (where Costco #144 is) to Valencia is now occupied by numerous tents.
I’ve seen four in a row before but this kind of thing is unprecedented, IMO:
Some blocks might have 15 tents, one after the other, these days? I’ll check next time I’m down there.
In other news:
Hachi Machi, It’s Time for Bocce! Rec and Park Rolls Out New Grass on Site of Historic OccupySF 2011 in JHPFriday, January 6th, 2012
You see, the Occupiers put their tents on the bocce court grass last year. So that killed the turf.
This was the scene yesterday as the new turf came in:
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All that’s left to do is clean up the Bradley Manning stickers and then, once again, San Francisco’s at-risk Rich White People will have a place to keep busy and stay out of trouble.
You know, there was talk of putting in a playground here, you know, for kids, but RWP didn’t like that idea so much.
How Many SFPD Officers Does It Take To Maintain the OccupySF Victory While Our Mayor is in China? A Whole BunchTuesday, December 27th, 2011
You’d have to hang out down by the foot of Market Street to see how many cops are still there “protecting” the bocce ball courts from the 1st Amendment during the year-end holidays of 2011.
What you’d see is lots and lots and lots of police. Preventing a Reoccupation appears to be Job One for the SFPD this last month of 2011.
An endless supply of idle Crowns Victoria, 24-7:
Why yes, yes it has.
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Isn’t it sad that all those hippies camping out for all those months left City workers no place to park their luxury English motorcahs, you know, for free?
Always remember, Transit First!