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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Alamo Square Tour Buses -- Let the Complaining Commence

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 1:44 PM

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It wouldn't be a pretty Thursday afternoon in San Francisco if someone weren't bemoaning the behavior of gaggles of out-of-town tourists.

The latest iteration: Alamo Square-area denizens' concerns about large tour buses befouling the area. Your humble narrator is an Alamo Square-area denizen himself. Yet, to an extent, setting up shop in the neighborhood and berating the camera-toting hordes and their troop transports is akin to moving in above Nathan's Famous at Coney Island and complaining about the odor of frankfurters.

In short, this place is lousy with tourists. It's a rare day I don't

hear arguments in three different European or Asian languages outside my

window. Yet there's a

problem with demanding tour buses park in designated spots -- there's no

parking here. I've taken Muni home from parking spots I was thrilled

to discover after an hour of searching.

Rather than ask the city to do away with parking spots to accommodate buses -- thus incensing locals even more -- why not go the route of airports nationwide? Why not mandate buses disgorge their gawping riders, head off to a parking lot somewhere else, and then return at an agreed-upon time or when summoned via cell phone?

The other "solution" is to undertake the opposite of a beautification campaign -- uglifcation? -- thus ensuring tour buses depart Alamo Square for more verdant locales.

Or we could do both.

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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" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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