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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Seen In San Francisco: Haves, Have-Nots Collide On Union Square. Perhaps That Explains This Car's Condition.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 6:30 AM

'My hooptie rollin', tailpipe draggin', heat don't work an' my girl keeps naggin'...' - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • 'My hooptie rollin', tailpipe draggin', heat don't work an' my girl keeps naggin'...'
Put on a San Francisco Giants jacket and walk through this city and, within 20 minutes, you'll likely be giving someone directions to Union Square.

The breakdown of who's traipsing through Union Square on any given day looks a bit like this: Around 50 percent tourists (many international) dressed for Los Angeles weather and all toting the same map; 25 percent Bay Area residents who don't mind paying retail; 13 percent Academy of Art students; 12 percent maintenance and janitorial staff of surrounding buildings; and one guy in a Giants jacket telling everyone where to go.

This is the tip of the spear for San Francisco's collision of haves and have-nots. Perhaps spears and collisions help explain the condition of this automobile, recently seen parked in front of the Tiffany's on Post Street. 

During the several minutes spent snapping this and other photos, only women who apparently tumbled off Mount Olympus and their white-haired, blue-sportcoated escorts gained entry to Tiffany's. None, apparently, was the owner of this automobile, which is likely outstripped in value by all but the most modest anklet.

Other than being a smallish, sensible Japanese car (and not possessing a vinyl roof), this is a true Hooptie in the Sir-Mix-A-Lot vein. It's missing its rear fender. It's coated with peeling strips of white paint and apparently has been treated with all the love and compassion the Blues Brothers imparted upon their purloined vehicle.

But it did make the folks walking into Tiffany's feel uncomfortable. So it's got that going for it. Which is nice.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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