Monday, January 12, 2015

SD vs SF: Whose Gayborhood Streetscape is More Fab? 

On our last full day in San Diego last week, Mike and I strolled about the Hillcrest gayborhood and I snapped fotos of the colorful streetscape and fixtures taking up part of the public space.

We were struck by the gaily painted squat trash containers and bright photos glued to the utility boxes, and the rainbow hued bike racks in the street with each shaped like a bicycle.

Contrast those street fixtures in the photos with what's on the newly-expanded sidewalks of the Castro, at a cost of $8.3 million public dollars and no one thought to decorate San Francisco's trash containers or utility boxes. What's up with that?

I'd like to see our awful and boring silver metal staple bike racks reshaped and slapped with a coat of paint, giving the queer eye a thing of urban beauty to behold.

Which do you prefer? What do you think about the Castro following the eye-pleasing lead of Hillcrest and redecorating our street fixtures?

Weigh in on these urban streetscape questions and gimme a piece of your mind!

The photo montages show San Diego's boxes and a bike rack in glorious bursts of diverse colors on the left, and the institutional green and grey palate of San Francisco on the right.

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