No more love for the Upper Haight

Our pal Daisy, longtime proponent of the Upper Haight, has finally had enough:

You know how you can talk crap about your family, but if someone else does, it’s totally not okay? That’s kind of how I feel about everything I’m about to say. See… I’ve lived in the Upper Haight since 2006. And I’ve been going to Haight St since I was a teenager. And sure, maybe that’s not nearly as long as a bunch of other people who live in the ‘hood, but it’s long enough for me to know that where I was once enamored with the street, I now pretty much can’t stand it.

Don’t get me wrong — there are a lot of great things about the Upper Haight: Magnolia, Alembic, Amoeba Records, Aub Zam Zam, Murio’s Trophy Room, Hobson’s Choice, Best of Thai Noodle, Off the Grid, The Booksmith, Second Act… I love all of those spots and wish I could regularly patronize them. Unfortunately, in order to get to any of them, I have to actually set foot on Haight St. Which, I’ve recently realized, is just not something I want to do anymore.

Read on for a whole heap of specific reasons Daisy doesn’t want to set foot on Haight.

(How long do you reckon it’ll be before I’m writing a listicle about being done with the Mission?)

[Photo by Google Maps]

Can Oakland possibly gentrify responsibly?

Holy cow, Susie Cagle‘s new piece on the gentrification situation in Oakland is a barnburner. Here’s how it starts:

Gentrification: We think we know it when we see it. Pour-over organic coffee, double-wide designer strollers, gluten-free options. Millennials and their unrelenting desire to live and work in cities that pushes out longtime residents. A tide rising, cresting and washing over. An act of nature.

These demographic and economic shifts in cities aren’t the result of organic social and cultural trends; the changes are wrought by decades of investment and public policy choices, and inextricably bound to histories of racism, exclusionary land use policies and exploitative banking processes that left certain communities vulnerable to a steamroller of new investment.

“If you don’t know what the problem is you definitely can’t stop being a part of it, and I think a lot of people don’t know what the problem is,” says DeeDee Serendipity, a native of Oakland who now owns a salon in the city.

Read on for an exhaustive examination of how exactly gentrification works and what exactly is happening in Oakland.

A mom pushing a stroller, in Austin

[via Omar]

Mission burritos in a mall in Bangkok

Capp Street Crap reports:

On a quest for a burrito on my last full day in Bangkok, I found a scene almost worthy of a Twilight Zone episode: a food court Mission taqueria. Yes, that’s a taco truck and a mini Mission District in the belly of the fanciest mall I’ve ever been to. They’ve even got a Michelada on the menu.

The burrito looks pretty good:

Read on for more info and lots more pics of the place.

What is Austin like?

Our pal Corntard overheard one important theory:

Yeah but with Bill Murray, and Aziz.

(Bender’s rules!)


List of things I saw while laying on the beach at Crissy Field for most of the last two days

Laying on the beach at Crissy Field on a 90-degree afternoon is pretty cool for a lot of reasons, so I did it two days in a row. Here’s a list of stuff I saw:

  • Little red helicopter doing acrobatics over and under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • “Horizon Lines” container ship entering the bay
  • Soooo many pelicans, feeding
  • Kitesurfers racing back and forth in formation
  • Little boat full of crab cages racing back into the bay
  • Three helicopters chasing each other all over the Bay Area
  • Kitesurfers hauling ass out into the shipping channel to surf the wake of inbound container ships
  • A couple swearing really loudly a lot (“Jesus FUCKING Christ,” he says to their dog; “SHIIIIIT,” she says to him, “Do you have the keys!?!?”
  • Other picnickers looking jealous of my 4505 Burgers & BBQ picnic
  • Two seals racing out toward the Golden Gate
  • Uggo brown haze over the Berkeley Hills
  • A guy in an oceangoing outrigger kayak HAULING ASS toward the Marina
  • A majestic great blue heron in our path, and then in flight
  • Brian Merritt and Rob Queenin taking a stroll
  • Celebrity cruise ship departing the bay
  • “Golden Energy” container ship entering the bay (I swam in its wake)
  • State-of-the-art racing sailboats in training
  • A guy that really really looked like Morrissey
  • Coast Guard helicopter going back and forth along Crissy Field for like an hour
  • The same little boat full of crab cages racing back into the bay again
  • A couple that you could tell were rockabilly even though they were in swimsuits (maybe it’s the hair; maybe it’s the body language)
  • Other picnickers looking jealous of my Courtney’s picnic
  • A cool beetle crawling up the strap of my Dolores Chiller
  • A really janky old boat puttering around (it was so old and janky it looked fake, but it was apparently seaworthy)
  • A crusty old hobo-type who said something to our dog and pronounced dog “dōg”
  • Some Europeans all in white (white shorts, white bikini, white wristwatch, white blanket, white towels, white accessories, etc.)
  • Another European making lots of 360-degree selfies with a GoPro on a stick
  • A seal bobbing around right where I’d been swimming 10 minutes prior!
  • A guy in an oceangoing outrigger kayak slowly paddling toward the Marina
  • “Horizon Lines” container ship leaving the bay
  • Group of seals performing *full breach* after *full breach* omg
  • 1 million dogs

[Photo and additional reporting by Jess Kelso]

List of people I saw go by while sitting in the window at Delarosa drinking cocktails this afternoon

Delarosa is cool because it’s like Beretta but with more light, more beers, more pasta, a deep fryer — and it’s open for lunch! And there’s sidewalk seating and great big open windows so even if you’re inside you feel like you’re outside. It’s in the Marina though, so I don’t recognize many of the people walking past. Here’s a complete list:

  • Matty from Rainbow Grocery (who’s really great at singing Favourite Shirts at karaoke)

That’s it! Only one person.

[View from the window of Delarosa, more or less, by Google Maps]

Whatcha gonna do?

K bye.

[via Natalie]

Cool old Fernet ad on a wall in South India

San Francisco’s Restaurant in Anjuna, South India

Serving “lasagna’s, pasta’s, spaghetti, sizzlers” and more. This place looks great and I really wanna go.


[via Hanna Quevedo]