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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Consumer Optimism? Twice as Many San Francisco Picnics as Last Year.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:05 AM

click to enlarge My, you sure seem optimistic...
  • My, you sure seem optimistic...
Could there be optimism in the air following two years of recession? San Franciscans went on  twice as many picnics and took twice as many recreation classes they did a in June a year ago, according to the Government Barometer, a periodic tally of performance measures produced by the city controller's office.

According to the report, in June 2009 there were 8,949 reservations for picnic tables and other park recreational facilities -- and 17,577 such reservations in June 2010. The number of people enrolled in recreational courses with the parks department was 15,945, up from 7,979 a year ago.

In other optimistic-seeming Government Barometer news, the controller noted more people are going to local museums. June's tally of 196,211 visitors is a 50-percent increase from a year ago.

And we're littering less, with the city reporting a 31-percent reduction in street-borne garbage from a year earlier.

In a more traditional economic sign of optimism, city bean-counters noted a 76-percent uptick in the value of new construction projects for which building permits were issued in June.

Could happy days be here again? How about a picnic?

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