I'm convinced this has feet underneath and will walk away as soon as it wakes up. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Yes, there were loads of people at Dolores Park on Saturday afternoon. There was also an eco pop-up working non-stop and on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. or so the park didn’t look terrible. There were a few picnics that had been ghosted, and for some reason people seem to think that taking one’s bottles and sitting them below a tree is adequate trash disposal. But in isolation, trash becomes a prompt.

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Compared to what the park can look like the morning after, not bad.  Sunday, Marh 14, 2014 Photo by Lydia Chávez
A late night? Photo by Lydia Chávez
He wanted to go for a swim. Photo by Lydia Chávez
An upstanding firm belief that trees live on a diet of trash. Photo by Lydia Chávez
The tree habit. I have five photos to demonstrate the habit, but I won’t bore you with them. More interesting is the question of why. For recyclers? Fertilizer? To keep warm? They do look kind of cozy nestled up to the tree.  Photo by Lydia Chávez
Okay, there were quite a few of these left behind. Bad parents? Or just exhausted parents? Photo by Lydia Chávez
Pink hoody. Future developer? Or flung off in offering a clue in that charade game? Photo by Lydia Chávez
Thank you recyclers. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Planning to bag some gravel? Photo by Lydia Chávez
We all want to be angels. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born...

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  1. PLEASE ! although i didn’t see it with my own eyes and use to live just up the street on Liberty Street for years and frequented the park, both day and night, have experienced much worse. In my opinion the average family picnic leaves behind more rubble if trash containers are not near by. Or have we just become so proper and uppity that we expect the very best including exemplary manners during and after leisure time ?? IT AIEN’T GOING TO HAPPEN !

    1. Pack it in, Pack it out. Yes, even one of the photos had its own comment to the effect of Not as bad as could be, which shows habits and accountability of the community can and do change. Not sure why this artistic piece got an impatient comment about expecting better. Mediocre is not a standard worth striving for. Perhaps solutions include more disposal sights near trees, with recycling a prime objective, but PUH-leaze, the request to clean up after yourself doesn’t change when you leave your mom’s kitchen. Mindfulness is a beautiful thing.

    2. Do you expect people to push you aside when getting on the bus? Do you expect people to pee in public pools. Do you expect dog owners to let their pets poop in the middle of the sidewalk? Unless your answer is YES to all those, you should rethink your expectations for people leaving party trash in Dolores Park

  2. If people can pack it in they can pack it out. The bags are much lighter on the exit.

  3. Not sure I follow the “future developer” quip for the pink hoody photo. Care to elaborate?

    1. Chris thanks for taking the time to reply to my brief remarks but did live in SF for over twenty years, always in the Mission, and as you can guess did leave a part of my heart there and left with the fondest of memories; trash, the homeless, crime rate, police oppression, thriving Mission Street hustling vendors, great burritos, the ever changing Tenderloin and of course the home town politics tinting all going back to the Harvey Milk, Mascone and Flower Child Days of the hippie sixties. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES SAN FRANCISCO ! joe

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