HIPSTERS! WHERE WERE YOU?

I use the term hipster with reverence and respect.

You said you would attend. You did. I remember walking the park and everyone I met said they’d be there.

The purpose of the community meeting was to bring all the diverse groups of Dolores Park together to talk about enforcement of park policies. Unfortunately, it seems that the younger generation, those most negatively impacted by the new enforcement of the laws, were MIA. I counted about 10. (Don’t shoot me for profiling. It was the only option.)

Should I, and others, take your lack of attendance as a sign that they don’t care? That it’s okay for police to ticket you from drinking or smoking? To ruin the park ambiance with motorcycle cops? It’s hard to say without hearing from any of you. If community meetings don’t work, what will? Feedback very much requested!

About Crystal Vann Wallstrom

Dolores Park Works Co-founder
9 comments
Crystal Vann Wallstrom
Crystal Vann Wallstrom

of course we want to hear from you and your neighborhood. that's why we sent out an email blast on 8/24 and 8/31. i posted 4 blogs starting on 8/17. each one gets a tweet and mentioned on our facebook page. i posted it on mission dolores facebook page starting on 8/17. uptown almanac mentioned it on 8/25 and i know there were others. i posted signs around the park, some got taken down. not sure what more we can do. my advice is sign up for one of the method i just mentioned and you'll have plenty of time to make it.

Crystal Vann Wallstrom
Crystal Vann Wallstrom

i'm not mad, just disappointed. the park was packed that night at the exact time as the meeting so i know some people got off in time to be there - they just chose to not engage. read the mission local story about it. http://missionlocal.org/2010/09/the-young-drink-in-dolores-park-while-the-mostly-old-meet-at-mission-high/

how about a meeting at dolores park on a saturday? do you think the "hipsters" would participate? tho part of me thinks that if they can't bother to get up and walk across the street, then they just don't care.

Crystal Vann Wallstrom
Crystal Vann Wallstrom

good point on separating the two topics. the hipster emissaries offered the same feedback. no problem. i'll give a little on the time, however, the meeting was for two hours. it wasn't a locked room. people could have shown up at some point. regardless, what time works for you?

Josh C
Josh C

The blogs and myself could have done a better job promoting the meeting. However, I think the "hipsters" sent some of their more influential and strategic emissaries in lieu of gaggle of rowdy young adults to avoid reinforcing stereotypes. The timing of the meeting was also inconvenient for the younger generation who often have less scheduling flexibility. The "hipster" community is very interested in the park rule enforcement issue but less so in the traffic issue. A future meeting focusing on rule/law enforcement, scheduled at a more accessible time (preferably sooner that a year from now), could see significant engagement.

mattymatt
mattymatt

Maybe they were all at summer camp in Nevada.

Donald
Donald

I get it, we all should have been there. And it's okay to be mad!

But I work in the East Bay, 10-6; I don't get home until too late. But I'm lucky to have a much more regular schedule than my "hipster" friends who work retail (most of them until about 8pm) or evening jobs (we're your bartenders and waiters!).

Are you new to community organizing? 10 is a pretty awesome turnout! :)

(Seriously, though, I love the work you're doing and can't thank you enough.)

LibertyHiller
LibertyHiller

I live up at 21st and Chattanooga, and you didn't post any flyers around there until sometime after the Wednesday morning rush hour. By the time I got back to the neighborhood after work, the meeting was half over. Next time, how about reasonable notice? (That is, if you're really interested in hearing from the neighborhood.)