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Someone Tried To Declare A Popular San Francisco Tourist Destination A 'no ...The “Painted Ladies” underscore the San Francisco skyline in a view from Alamo Square. Someone Tried To Declare A Popular San Francisco Tourist Destination A 'no ...

By Kimberly Truong2015-09-23 01:02:56 UTC

Chances are if you’ve visited San Francisco’s Alamo Square you probably weren’t able to resist taking your phone out to snap a photo of the famous Victorian “Painted Lady” houses visible from the outskirts of the park. It seems not everyone is too fond of relentless selfie-taking at the popular tourist attraction or maybe just tech obsession in the city in general because a sign appeared in the square declaring a “no tech zone.” Though the sign has since been taken down, it read: No cell phones, tablets, laptops or smart devices permitted. Violators subject to $300 fine. Most mysteriously, the sign did not come from the city, despite how official it looked. The city’s Recreation and Parks Department spokeswoman Connie Chan assured CBS San Francisco1 that it was not posted by any city agency.

If this sign is fake it’s a really good fake.

Says use of phones, tablets etc are subject to $300 fine. @kron4news pic.twitter.com/oVAeCjDqZM23

Daniel Villareal (@KRON4DVillareal) September 21, 20154

“No tech zone” around Alamo Square Park? Have you lost your mind, SF? (Photo illegally taken by @AdamSinger) pic.twitter.com/Z0iIPU4Lhh56

Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) September 22, 20157

Though the sign is gone8 some see it as yet another symbol of the ongoing schism between the city’s longtime residents and the influx of highly-paid tech workers who have come to the Bay Area. As the number of techies who buy and rent in San Francisco and commute to the Silicon Valley has exploded, neighborhoods have rapidly gentrified9, rents have skyrocketed, and evictions became plentiful. Tension was quick to follow. Last year, the city saw a string of protests against Google’s shuttle buses10, which use San Francisco municipal bus stops to pick up employees and drive them to work at the company’s Mountain View headquarters every morning.

Data has shown11 that the bus stops are associated with a rise in costs in their surrounding neighborhoods. Marie Leroy, a French tourist, came to Alamo Square hoping to catch a glimpse of the sign, but to no avail it was taken down as early as Tuesday after first being spotted on Monday by a tipster who sent the photo to Hoodline12.

I had heard all about how people here don t really like the tech world and I thought it would have been neat to post this to my friends, she told The Guardian13. If the mystery person behind the sign intended it to be a means of artistic protest, they chose a prudent location for their exhibition Alamo Square is just half a block14 from one of the Google bus stops.

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References

  1. ^ CBS San Francisco (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
  2. ^ @kron4news (twitter.com)
  3. ^ pic.twitter.com/oVAeCjDqZM (t.co)
  4. ^ September 21, 2015 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ @AdamSinger (twitter.com)
  6. ^ pic.twitter.com/Z0iIPU4Lhh (t.co)
  7. ^ September 22, 2015 (twitter.com)
  8. ^ the sign is gone (sfist.com)
  9. ^ neighborhoods have rapidly gentrified (www.nytimes.com)
  10. ^ protests against Google’s shuttle buses (mashable.com)
  11. ^ has shown (www.sfgate.com)
  12. ^ Hoodline (hoodline.com)
  13. ^ The Guardian (www.theguardian.com)
  14. ^ just half a block (www.sfexaminer.com)

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