Art walk used to protest Chase Bank

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This week's Thursday evening Divisadero Art Walk is going to combine local culture with a clear political message. Local activists have dubbed the night the “No Chase Block Party" to protest a banking giant's unwelcome entry in their neighborhood. Many in the neighborhood pride themselves on staving off the corporate chains, but now J.P. Morgan Chase is set to open a new branch at the intersection of Divisadero and Oak streets. Previously, the retail location held three locally owned shops including a specialty cheese vendor.

“We are intentionally choosing to have the action as part of the Divisadero Art Walk to both celebrate and participate in the creative community that exists and is blossoming here,” said Ilyse Magy, a local resident helping with the outreach. “The Block Party will be just that, a block party, a chance for neighbors to meet neighbors and have actual conversations about what they want their neighborhood to look like.”

Magy and others will present an art project in which resident that walk by can brainstorm and write down ideas for the neighborhood. Additionally, information about local credit unions will be available, she said.

As for corporate chains, two other Chase branches lie within a 10-block radius, and a Bank of America is around the corner, indicating there is no shortage of banking options in the area. The location, however, is excellent for displaying an advertising logo considering the immense traffic on that stretch of Divisadero.

The community action is happening in conjunction with formal appeals to the San Francisco Planning Commission. City law requires chain businesses that move into certain neighborhoods to undergo a conditional use permit hearing. But the Planning Department has interpreted the law to exempt banks, thus preventing a hearing that would empower community voices and local concerns.

Comments

Too bad that these banksters who stole all our tax money that would have gone toward socially beneficial programs, instead use the money to primp themselves with starbucksian retail opening sprees...

Posted by Guest on Apr. 13, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

What next? No 7/11? No Subway?

Posted by Chad on Apr. 13, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

Voters hate chains. Why do you hate the voters?

-marc

Posted by marcos on Apr. 14, 2011 @ 10:28 am

The planning commission's "interpretation" that banks are exempt from the requirement for a conditional use permit hearing, has no basis whatsoever, and they damn well know it.

Loved local businesses were booted out of the building to be replaced with a Megabank branch that will serve as an eyesore billboard of corporate branding. It's precisely the sort of scenario voters wanted to address when they passed the formula retail law. There's not a word in the law that exempts banks. The planning commission's actions are shameful and indefensible.

Look folks, the banks obliterated the economy and have caused immeasurable hardship and misery across this country. They lobby against and crush any law or regulation intended to protect people against their unquenchable greed and unethical practices. Where laws are in place that they don't like, they simply break those laws with impunity. They have every politician in their pocket from your local supervisor to the president of the United States. Only big oil rivals the megabanks in terms of global power, greed, and evil.

Now they're coming after your neighborhood, local laws and mom and pop businesses be damned. Is a bank branch on Divisidero the most important issue facing this city or the world at this moment? No. Does that mean Chase should get away with this? Hell no.

You may not have been able to stop the President and Congress from bailing out the very companies that robbed you blind, but you might be able to stop that company from setting up shop in your community. No Chase on Divis!

Posted by guest on Apr. 15, 2011 @ 8:13 am

Hyperbole alert!

Answer this question. Did the stores originally located in the space fail first? In some cases a year before the bank wanted to move in?

Of course, that doesnt make for good inflammatory hyperbole of the us vs them genre

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2011 @ 8:33 am

to make way for chase. they were not failing and did not want to leave.

Posted by guest on Apr. 15, 2011 @ 8:47 am

The comments made above do not represent the truth moreover they may be the basis for slander. Before people go off on what they think happened they would be will served to get the facts and not rely on hearsay from someone who has a twisted view of the real facts. Swearing under oath to tell the truth and then relying on misinformation can cause real damage. Our Internet world makes it too easy to spread misinformation once started it only snowballs and takes on a life of its own. Facts are facts be sure yours are real not hearsay.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2011 @ 9:52 am

To bad that theres no solid proof of what happened.

Posted by Linda on May. 10, 2011 @ 5:55 am

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