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jackstraw45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 06:51 PM
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300ft tall "BUSH STEP DOWN" sign put on San Francisco hill today!!!
Edited on Tue Jan-31-06 07:08 PM by jackstraw45

"LOOK UP!!! 300 ft. long "BUSH STEP DOWN" on Bernal Hillside (S.F.) this Tuesday morning.

This morning, on the day of George Bush's State of the Union speech, artists from the Mission District have erected one of the largest-ever installations created in San Francisco. The northern side of Bernal Hill in San Francisco is emblazoned with the demand thgat "Bush Step Down!" The yellow and white lettering is made out of fabric staked to the side of Bernal Hill, and is visible for miles.

Come to Union Square TODAY from 5:00-7:00 PM for a demonstration during Bush's State of the Union Address, where we will have a rally, music, and culminate in the toppling of a 40 ft. statue of Bush!"

http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/01/1799365.php
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 06:58 PM
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1. Wish I could be there
I hope someone takes some great pix of that statue too!
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global1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 07:04 PM
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2. I Misunderstood - I Thought If * Stepped Down He'd Fall 300 Feet..... n/t
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Mrs. Overall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 07:12 PM
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3. I miss San Francisco so much! Wish I could be there! n/t
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 07:14 PM
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4. just moved to Pacifica- how do I get a view of this wonderful sight? nt
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fed-up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 07:30 PM
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6. Here is a link to a map and story about Bernal Heights
My great grandparents built their house on Day Street in the late 1800's, if they were still alive they would have had a great view!!

http://www.sfgate.com/traveler/guide/sf/neighborhoods/b...

Many San Franciscans never travel to Bernal Heights, located as it is at the southern edge of the Mission valley, served by only a few city bus lines and perched atop a steep hill, to boot. Those who do wander up the incline may be surprised by this quaint urban village that seems forgotten by time. The main shopping strip of Cortland Avenue is populated by small markets, cafés, fruit stands and barber shops, and the residential streets are a cluster of diminutive bungalows and community gardens. However, Bernal Heights bears the influence of city sophistication, with trendy boutiques and innovative restaurants scattered among its homely storefronts. Newcomers may also be startled by the mostly unheralded views that unfold at their feet, especially on the northern side of the hill.

The neighborhood is a bastion of artists and progressives, popular with the lesbian community and attractive to young families looking for a first home and quiet streets. It is also a mecca for dog owners, thanks to a high concentration of single-family houses with yards and the nearby haven of Bernal Park, a canine free-for-all of off-leash frolicking.

Originally, Bernal Heights was part of the Rancho de las Salinas y Potrero Nuevo, and owes its name to Jose Cornelio de Bernal, to whom the land was granted in 1839 by the Mexican government. In the 1860s the rancho was subdivided into small lots, and was first populated primarily by Irish immigrants who farmed the land and ran dairy ranches. According to legend, a mini gold rush was triggered in 1876 when con artists planted the hilltop with traces of gold.

The district survived the 1906 earthquake and fire, thanks to the hill's bedrock foundation, and some ramshackle houses still remain that were constructed out of timber salvaged from the wreckage. Several small cottages on Shotwell Street were originally built as "bonus plan" dwellings, provided to people who had lost their homes in the disaster but still had jobs. For these reasons, more people moved to Bernal Heights following the earthquake. World War II brought another influx, this time of people who came to work in the naval shipyards of nearby China Basin.

Once you're in the vicinity, Bernal Heights is hard to miss -- it's the big, grassy hill bounded by Bayshore Boulevard, Cesar Chavez Drive and Mission Street. In addition to the hill itself, this guide also covers the stretch of the Outer Mission that runs along the base of Bernal Hill.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/0...

Hiking Bernal Hill
A walk over the hill to Cortland Avenue provides views and a dog fix

Map here

http://www.bernalhill.com/BernalMap.htm
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-02-06 12:34 PM
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7. very cool, thanks!
I'll make sure to get out there soon.
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fed-up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 07:19 PM
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5. I wish I still lived in SF right now!!! awesome!!!!!!!! n/t
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