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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Crosswalks Ablaze in Lower Haight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Amazing scenes were witnessed today... - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • Amazing scenes were witnessed today...
City workers slowly ambling across Haight and Steiner undertook a job certainly none of them ever considered they'd be doing when they were children. The men were blasting the crosswalks off the street with fire.

As the workers explained, the temporary crosswalks placed on the streets by paving contractors are simple aluminum tape. And the only way to get it off before replacing it with thermoplastic tape -- your standard crosswalks -- is to roast it off with a propane burner.

This the workmen did, with one wheeling the burner along and another peeling the aluminum tape off the street. Every so often, the aluminum tape would burst into flames, and the workmen would hurriedly stamp it out.

Drivers motoring past ogled at the counter-intuitive sight of the crosswalks catching fire. And your humble narrator learned yet another thing you can do when properly motivated and in possession of a massive propane flame-thrower.


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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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