Italy ain’t on Kearny Street

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Walking around San Fran today, I noticed a curious little sign suggesting that nearby was the country of Italy. Now as I’ve never been to Italy, but rumor has it that my Great-Grand-dad was Italian, I wanted to check out the familial roots.

I turned right on Kearny and kept following it, expecting to find a land of Olive Oil and Coliseums. I only found more hills and more streets till I came yet again to my nemesis – San Fran’s “kill ya in the morning” stairs.

Would whoever though up that silly little joke, please take down the Italy tease? As the map later told me, it’s not possible to get to Italy via Kearny Street. Chinatown maybe, but not Italy.

2 Comments so far

  1. anna (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

    I live in li’l italy, and I am also frequently amused by the road signs I find all over the city pointing me to North Beach, but in reality pointing in the completely opposite direction. The rationale, I guess, is that it’s for cars navigating one-way streets, and the city’s effort to flow cars up sansome, around broadway, etc. Sorry about the confusion, I totally know what you’re talking about. Being a former bridge & tunneler, I can attest to the fact that when you are driving for maybe the 4th time in San Francisco, the confusion of pedestrians, other close cars, lights, and unfamiliar non-grid streets make it impossible to actually read signs like that when you’re driving, so they’re nearly useless.

  2. anna (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 8:01 pm

    oh yeah, and Italy is a smidgen on Kearny, across broadway up 1/2 block, you have to go all the way columbus, and it peters out a block in either direction and again is subsumed by Chinatown.

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