On the Street Where You Live
Street fair season in San Francisco is the highlight of the year, as far as I’m concerned. Not so for many residents in the fairs’ neighborhoods, according to a Chron article.
The complaints are easy to predict: loud events, litter in the streets, no parking, blocked access to the neighborhoods. But, for most fairs, it’s one, maybe two days a year. Is it really THAT big a deal?
I don’t live in a neighborhood with a fair – though I can’t figure out why since Iriving Street seems like a good place to throw a big ‘ol party (the N-Judah could add some fun, too). I’d love to have a local event so I didn’t have to truck across the city for street food and local bands.
A survey says the Union, Haight, and North Beach fairs are the most unpopular among residents (that covers just about all the big ones, doesn’t it?).
The problem is usually booze. And North Beach does host more large scale parties than most any other neighborhood in the city (and I don’t count Castro on Halloween as a party – it’s an unorganized mob scene that I’ll never again attend).
But economically speaking – these things are pretty good for the City. So what gives? And don’t get rid of the booze, either. Washington Square Park, a good band, and a beer on a warm day is just about as good as it gets.