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

32 thoughts on “Seriously?! Bernal Child Baffled by Bumbling Sidewalk Blunder

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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*.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

    • 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

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