I’ve written before about parklets, and how they vary from their friends in the eco-system of urban parks, the mini-park and the park. I love parklets, even that one on Hayes street in front of Arlequin that would make an excellent parking spot for me on a regular basis. But I can walk a little farther, I’m cool with it. There are some pretty sweet and creative parklets throughout the city, and the other night I was in the Mission district for a soccer game and stumbled across the Deepistan National Parklet.
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And I’m sorry, I don’t care how hip your parklet it, the Deepistan parklet probably has it beat. It’s got its own facebook page, with more fans than my facebook page (I’m not bitter, I’m just impressed. And wondering if I could become a hip parklet in the Mission?). And while I really love the parklet, what caught my eye was the Victorian home behind the parklet that is painted in bright silver. Yes, you heard me right – bright silver!
I’ve seen Victorian homes painted many a shade of, well, pretty much everything. I’ve also seen more than my fair share of Victorian homes that have been sadly abused. But I’m pretty sure that this is the first Victorian I’ve seen painted in shiny silver, and the crazy thing is that it works. At least, IMHO, it really works quite well. I have no idea if the folks behind the nation of Deepistan are the same creative and brave souls that painted their home silver. But it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the two are somehow related. After all, as the old cliche goes, the hipster never falls far from the coffee shop.
So hats off to the people of Deepistan and the shiny silver Victorian, they made me grin on a chilly Saturday evening!