Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

Declaring the Full House / Fuller House at 1709 Broderick an Absolute Circus – But Tourists Can’t Get Enough

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

An army of walking dead, white walkers hoarding in from the north:

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La mise-en-scene, you  know, just hanging out. Yep, there it is:

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And here’s the sign:

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I didn’t see any littering, but I saw / heard everything else as I passed on by…

Touch me 
How can it be 
Believe me 
The sun always shines on TV

Pwned: The Sunny State of Arizona (“72 Degrees AND SUNNY”) vs. Frisco’s Richmond (52 Degrees AND FOGGY) District

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

These are fighting words out on the west side:

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Frisco’s LEAST POPULAR NEIGHBORHOOD Advertised as THE CITY’S MOST POPULAR NEIGHBORHOOD on MUNI Buses

Friday, September 18th, 2015

I’ll take “Famous Tourist Traps” for $400, Alex!

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Oh what’s that, our “urbanists” have recently “activated” the “streetscape” of Jefferson? Well, that makes it EVEN WORSE, prolly

DO NOT WANT.

HOW ABOUT NO?

The Most Airbnb People You Could Possibly Imagine, Alamo Square Area, Western Addition, USA

Monday, August 11th, 2014

(Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.)

This has been a remarkable change, over the past half-decade.

You see them, all over the place, every day, coming and going, taking photos of buildings, looking at maps, asking where “the Seven Ladies” are, asking where the “Full House house” is, and rolling luggage up and down the street, you know, that kind of thing.

Sometimes I don’t know if they’re Airbnb people, but other times, like this time, it’s easy to tell: 

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I don’t have a generalized beef against tourists – that makes me different from the typical Western Addition NIMBY.

In any event, this is what Airbnb looks like IRL on the street.

When Visiting Chinatown, Be Sure To Take a Selfie with a Banksy – “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” at 799 Commercial Near Grant

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

[UPDATE: It’s gone now, all gone – here’s a more recent photo, from after the time of the Banksy vandalism:

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This is why we can’t have nice things.]

Thusly. Strike a pose, mate: 

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Of course this shot was from back in the day, from back before the Black Paint Attack of 2013, which damaged the appearance of the famously peaceful heart doctor.

But a genuine 2010 Banksy is a genuine 2010 Banksy, right? So check it out the next time you’re on Eddy Grant Avenue – it’s electric!

Here’s your Map, from all the way back in 2011. Can you spot the Banksy

Sure you can!

This is What the San Francisco Tourist Agency Does with Our Money, Our Tens of Millions

Monday, May 26th, 2014

It sends youthful orange-shirted attractivas with iPads out to approach tourists in Golden Gate Park.

Feigned excitement: “Oh it’s your birthday tomorrow!?”

We can’t afford to operate the Strybing Arboretum without soaking the tourists, but we can afford this?

What’s going on, SFGov. Do you do everything a special interest tells you to do?

Remembering the Time When San Francisco’s Official Tourist Association Renamed the Tenderloin as the “THEATER DISTRICT”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

This one’s from a few years back:

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Perhaps this was the problem:

Organization History

For more than 100 years the San Francisco Travel Association has worked on behalf of its partners to promote San Francisco as the destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel. The Association is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Convention and Tourist League, a non-profit, local business association founded in 1909 to reclaim the City’s position as a world-class destination in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire.

San Francisco Travel continues that mission today, aggressively marketing and selling San Francisco to attract visitors. San Francisco Travel is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 membership organization, headed by a Board of Directors made up of 45 business leaders from various companies, elected by the membership. Additionally, in 2003, the Association established a 501(c)3 foundation to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in local hospitality management programs and to produce educational programs.” 

Oh No! MUNI Takes Money from the Chinese Government for Bus Ads, But Also Promotes Quote from an “Enemy of China”

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

So here we go, the Mainland Chinese are paying the SFMTA to “wrap” buses with ads, see?

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But at the same time, MUNI’s got these Dalai Lama quotes up, you know,  just for the heck of it, just for Public Relations:

The problem with that is that the Dalai Lama is quote “The Enemy of China” unquote.

And that’s not just some nobody saying that, it comes from Party animal Zhang Qingli, Communist Party Chief of the Tibet Autonomous Region from 2006 to 2011.

C’mon ZQ, tell us what you really think, you know, officially:

“The Dalai Lama is a wolf wrapped in a habit, a monster with human face and animal’s heart.”

Hey, didn’t China invade Tibet, you know, back in the 1950’s? I think so.

Oh China, will you ever win?

Oh MUNI, will you ever win?

San Francisco’s “Official Tourism Marketing Organization” Invites Tech Conventioneers to Sex / Strip Clubs?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Here’s the  giant ad from the back of today’s never-been-thinner San Francisco Examiner.

“San Francisco’s Finest Adult Clubs welcome RSA CONFERENCE Feb 25 – Mar, San Francisco Travel

Check it:

So what’s the San Francisco Travel Association logo doing in there?

I’m confused.

(But oh, let me assure all you horny nerd conventio tourists in town for the next few days. There IS sex in the champagne room (or whatever they’re calling the champagne room these days), despite what you might have heard.NB: Bring cash. NNB: Lots and lots of cash.)

Executive Team

Joe D’Alessandro
President & CEO
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Paul Frentsos
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
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Tom Kiely
Executive Vice President, Tourism
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John Reys
Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
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Matt Stiker
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
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Tina Wu
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
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Know Your Jerk Helicopter Pilots of San Francisco: Flying Under the Golden Gate Bridge for Fun

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I don’t know, the FAA doesn’t seem to mind this kind of hot dogging so who am I to complain:

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Here’s what it looks like from inside.

Sometimes these birds land in the water due to engine trouble and then the Coast Guard tows them to shore.

It’s a living, I s’pose…