Seriously?! Bernal Child Baffled by Bumbling Sidewalk Blunder


Neighbor Rebecca shared this photo of her young son learning a formative lesson about civic incompetence and the perils of not giving a shit about how you get the job done.

Neighbor Rebecca’s only comment about the experience came in the form of a rhetorical question:


Yes, seriously.

This glaring typo cast in concrete on “Folson” is not at all unique; Urban infrastructuralist Eric Fischer has amassed a darkly entertaining collection of photos documenting similar concrete sidewalk typos all over town.

PHOTO: Neighbor Rebecca

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32 Responses to Seriously?! Bernal Child Baffled by Bumbling Sidewalk Blunder

  1. It’s not a typo. “Folson” is how Hispanics pronounce it.

  2. Smiley Dan says:

    I love this game too! I’ve noticed them in various places across town but one of my favorites in our ‘hood is at the corner of “Corland” & Wool in front of the Bank of America facing the Wild Side West. You can even see it clearly from Google Maps Streetview with a little zoom in.

  3. Rusty H says:

    Treat Ave at Precita is labelled “TREAT ST”. And someone crossed out the “ST” while the concrete wasn’t fully cured, which is kind of amusing.

  4. Max L says:

    I was happy when the city put in new ramps on Moultrie And Crescent, since the ‘Moultrie’ had been misspelled ‘Multrie’ all these years. They got it right, but now a couple blocks down, ‘Crescent’ is misspelled ‘Cresent’ on a new ramp — sigh.

    • Bernalese, man says:

      At Crescent and Arnold, they labeled Arnold “Arnodl” but fixed it after I complained. On the other side of Arnold, Crescent *Ave* is labeled Crescent *St*.

  5. Steve Sisler says:

    Do I need to change my address?

  6. Joyce says:

    LOVE IT!

  7. KMC says:

    First world problem

  8. SER says:

    Do not forget throgers’s similarly entertaining Flickr photoset:

  9. LM says:

    How cute is my little neighbor??

  10. Smurf says:

    I get a chuckle every time I run out of our safe little neighbourhood and pass “Cesar Chaves” at Valencia and Cesar Chavez. I didn’t realize it was so widespread!

  11. Kim Klausner says:

    Also Cesar Chaves at NW corner of Florida. When I told the crew doing the concrete work they laughed because it was the only Mexican-American on their crew who had done it. They said they’d fix it but I guess it fell off their list…

    • In the absence of accent marks (CHÁVEZ), replacing the final Z with an S at least makes the Spanish pronunciation come out right. (CHAVEZ would be cha-BESS, but CHAVES is CHA-bess, as it should be.) I knew a guy named Gomes whose ancestors swapped the final Z for an S because Anglos habitually dropped the accent mark and they didn’t want the stress to fall on the last syllable.

      Didn’t work. Anglos pronounced it GOAMS. Somebody’s probably read the CHAVES inscription as if it rhymed with caves.

      The real solution, of course, would be to preserve the accent mark on the first syllable.

  12. Noemonkey says:

    This example is essentially what you get from union backed, government pensioned, public employees. They’re never paid to think.

  13. withak30 says:

    I’m convinced that these are on purpose. You can’t spell that many street names wrong by accident.

    • someJuan says:

      I always figured that in most cases they don’t have the right letters/numbers available so they make do with the ones they do have.

      • Bernalese, man says:

        Excuses excuses. The misspellings need to stop. It makes the workers and the city look like complete idiots.

  14. Pamela says:

    And the pension for these people is 90% of their income when they retire, plus health benefits. What a bunch of lazy, illiterate slugs!

  15. Tim Bracken says:

    The founder of UrbanHikerSF had a posting about this phenomenon the other day:

    My favorite sidewalk typo in her post: “Buchnana.”

  16. Melissa says:

    Misspelling a street name is definitely a reason to get rid of unions, pensions, and health care and generally bash public employees. My guess is that the work was done a private contractor.

  17. Rafe says:

    Fresh off the streets, right out in front of the local Auto Zone on Cesar Chabez and Vanness:

  18. Bernalese, man says:

    I am going to start calling 311 to report these idiotic misspellings.

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