Monday, July 30, 2012

Up Your Puerco

Up Your Puerco by deanv41
Up Your Puerco, a photo by deanv41 on Flickr.
Miss Piggy is a patron saint of the Up Your Alley Fair, formerly known as Dore Alley until gentrification overtook that lane. It's still a part of the fair zone, but the rebranding is a concession to condo owners who are changing the cultural and sexual landscape of the South of Market neighborhood, an historically rough and ready blue collar warehouse district turned Leather epicenter in the 70s. After AIDS, it is the prime focus for residential high rise development driven by wealthy tech firms and their stock-option offspring. The SoMa District is changing faster than any other in San Francisco, threatening what is left of the gay subculture that once claimed it as home turf. Up Your Alley is the most in-your-face reminder of that time in this place. It may as well be called the Oh Bondage, Up Yours! Fair.

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