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."