If you’re looking for a unique neighbourhood in San Francisco, look no further than St Francis Dolores Park, where artists and entrepreneurs have tapped into the waste streams to make it a community haven.
A temporary storage shed for abandoned bikes, made of cardboard boxes covered in faux tree leaves, a plastic igloo made from “tacky faux snow” can be found in the park, which also has its own plant nursery, art playground and a unique fish pond made from salmon egg, turtle and pike eggs.
At one of St Francis’ many public art and performance spaces, food vendor Bob Doo finds himself in the spotlight on a popular downtown dive bar rooftop. A crowdsourced selection of food created by Doo, titled DessertWares, will be on display at the bar for a month as part of a pop-up celebration. “As a kid I lived in various cities across the country,” Doo says. “But I always came back to San Francisco as the place where I was most comfortable.”
Doo, who moved back to San Francisco six years ago, was influenced by his uncle, a street-cart vendor who taught him “how to sell french fries”. “San Francisco has a broad definition of ‘community’,” he says. “I’ve learned to embrace it.”