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This is the FolSoMa look of the future

I’m not the biggest fan of made up neighborhoods.  Historically speaking, whenever a “neighborhood” is pieced off from an existing one and then given a new name, it has always been done by real estate people and developers.  They pimp a part of a neighborhood in order to line their pockets and dissociate it from the people that are already living there.

Take “Nopa” (North of the Pan Handle) for example, it  became a neighborhood when realtors decided that “Western Addition” sounded too black.  Then there’s the new “SoCha” (South of Caesar Chavez), which is being touted by a devleopment firm who just built a humongous mixed use condo complex in the area.  I guess “Outer Mission” sounded just a little too much like Mariachi music to them.  But to me the stupidest one is Nolita (North of Little Italy) in NYC, which is literally eight square blocks designated as such so that property owners could jack up the rent on all the local boutiques.  Doesn’t Nolita just sound like a place you wanna shop?  Little Italy must have just sounded like swarthy meatballs or something.

Anyways, the folks over at the Bold Italic have now dubbed the stretch of Folsom Street between 7th and 8th Streets “FolSoMa”.  They are doing this to celebrate one of their favorite “micro-hoods”.  While I’m all for celebrating, and I’m certainly all for the FREE beer and cheap food that’s gonna be there, don’t be surprised if some Penis Wrinkle development firm gets wind of the name and  starts urging people to “come live the FolSoMa lifestyle.”  How horrible would it be if ten years from now that stretch would be devoid of leather daddies and full of Nimby ass people with strollers complaining about the Folsom Street Fair.  I’m just saying….

That being said, this whole event does sound like fun.  There’s gonna be food carts, FREE beer, burlesque, cheap wine, and tons of cool stuff on sale.  You can find all the information that I don’t feel like cutting and pasting over at the Bold Italic.

Personally, I’m gonna hang out in BasLivRoom (Broke-Ass Stuart’s Living Room), drink a beer in my underwear, and work on my new book.

Meet A Microhood: FolSoMa
Folsom btw 7th & 8th Sts.
Tuesday, 5/25

photo from Best Week Ever

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.