If you look up images on the internet for Alamo Square, it is a replica of one photograph after another of the same Painted Ladies. Now, the newspapers all declare that it’s time to make room for those houses next door that have decided to call themselves the Painted Gents.
Announcing something new about the neighborhood is a great opportunity to change other things too. Alamo Square is about more than the people than the buildings. As far as tourism goes, I feel that people could learn more about the neighborhood by seeing representatives of that neighborhood.
The Painted Ladies and Gents are, after all, touted as a “cheap” part of being a tourist in San Francisco. People just go there, snap a couple of photos, and move on. With an adjacent park nearby, why not expand on that idea and use the park for unique additional activities? Why not include performance by children and adults from the local San Francisco Clown School?
After all, we have many talented people and pets. A permanent performance art space that is open on a first come first serve basis would be a wonderful addition to Alamo Square. Alamo Square is lucky to have a Neighborhood Association where ideas about the neighborhood can be turned into reality.
To find out more about the Painted Gents and how you can get involved, go to the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association website.