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From: "David Kaye" <sfdavidka...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Del Taco
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:43:50 -0800
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"Julian Macassey" <jul...@tele.com> wrote
> Normally, when a part of town starts sporting dirty book
> shops, thrift stores, tattoo parlours and pawn shops, the
> property values have dropped and that part of town falls off the
But this really wasn't the case in Hayward. The downtown area was called
"the waterfront" by the cops because it has always had that waterfront kind
of feel to it. The pawn shops have been there for 60+ years, the Turf Club
(gay bar) for at least 50, the porn store for 40-45 years, and as far as
thrift shopw I don't remember many downtown. Those shops were mixed in with
other mom'n'pop businesses which were thriving.
In that neighborhood is Buffalo Bill's, America's first brewpub licensed
since Prohibition, Rubiolo wedding photography, several upscale restaurants,
diners, a vacuum cleaner store, etc. The neighborhood was never rundown in
any sense of the word.
It's just that the town fathers hated the fact that the main junction in
town, A and Mission, had "unsavory" businesses. Now, they actually paid the
Turf Club to move a couple blocks away, but they put some really odd
restrictions on them. For instance, they cannot fly the rainbow flag or a
rainbow banner anywhere on the property that is visible from the street(!)
Yes, this is true. I confirmed it with the bar's owner. This whole thing
is fascinating since the Turf Club has the nicest indoor decor and the best
outdoor patio of any of the downtown businesses.
Hayward is a weird place because it's always been a "waterfront" kind of
place, but never rundown. Now, there are tract neighborhoods such as
Fairway Park, about 5 miles south of downtown, built by legendary builder
Oliver Rousseau, which is actually quite rundown today. There is other
postwar housing that was not very well built. And the nearby strip malls
have all suffered as well. Hayward was poorly planned, not at all like
nearby San Lorenzo (built by David Bohannon, and the model for Levittown)
also in the postwar period. Those homes were very well-built, and thus the
neighborhoods have remained very nice. They haven't suffered the strip mall
But on the other hand, the Hayward hills sport some of the most luxurious
homes you'd want to see. And Hayward has always prided itself on incredibly
> Briefly, they replace the gay bar with a Hooters and the
> diner with an Olive Garden. Not really an improvement.
Few things pleased me more than the SF Hooters going out of business.
Hopefully the riff-raff they attracted went with it.