Sunday Streets Hits The Tenderloin on Sunday. Should Be Interesting.

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Among the better ideas which Mayor Gavin Newsom shamelessly ripped off from other cities is Sunday Streets, wherein stretches of pavement are declared verboten to automobile traffic and taken over instead by cyclists, unicyclists, tricyclists, and mere perambulators.

This Sunday marks the final Sunday Streets of 2010, and it promsies to be a memorable finale. It's in the Tenderloin.

Nearly everyone we know has some Tenderloin horror story: "Someone yelled at me." "Someone peed right in front of me." "My Bloody Mary at Brown Jug was too strong." For our part, the inner-city neighborhood is among our San Francisco favorites: there's fine food, a fun bar scene, and the Goodwill on Geary Street is a veritable treasure trove. But we're curious -- how's this going to play out? There's plenty people who make the sidewalks of Jones and Ellis streets their homes: how are they going to react to a horde of people in the street?

Pretty well, predicts Glendon "Anna Conda" Hyde, a candidate for supervisor in District 6, which includes the Tenderloin. "I think it's going to remove some of the fear people have of the Tenderloin," he said. "And it'll send a message -- the city needs to take back some of its streets. I'm sick of [the TL] being taken over by drug dealers from across the bay."

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Glendon "Anna Conda" Hyde is excited for Sunday Streets in the TL. And so are we.


Public safety shouldn't be too much of an issue -- the TL has the highest concentration of children of any of the city's 'hoods, and the crowds of people en masse should be enough to deter any dogged ne'er do-wells.

In fact, the only problem weighing on the mind of San Francisco police Captain Joe Garrity, the commanding officer of Tenderloin Station, is religious in nature.

"We're just concerned about getting people into church, or their other normal Sunday activities," he said, noting that police have made arrangements with church groups to escort folks in wheelchairs to and from houses of worship like Glide Memorial Church and the Church of Scientology on O'Farrell Street.

Garrity's officers will be out strolling around just to be sure, but Sunday Streets is typically easy like Sunday morning for the SFPD, Garrity said.

"These are well-planned events," he said. "They're usually pretty smooth."

We'll see you out there. For his part, you'll see Hyde, too -- but in his drag guise as Anna Conda. And on wheels.

"I'll be on roller skates," Hyde said.

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