San Francisco Absorbs the Reality of President Trump

An Inauguration Day Open Thread

Protesters blocked Market Street this morning to protest Trump. Photo: Streetsblog
Protesters blocked Market Street this morning to protest Trump. Photo: Streetsblog

Today, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States.

In downtown San Francisco this morning a group of about 30 protesters blocked Market Street in front of Uber’s building, holding a banner that said “Uber Collaborates with Trump.” (see above photo). This is because Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick is on Trump’s economic advisory team. The F-Market Line and a host of buses were stopped by the protest. Cyclists and motorists were forced to make U-turns across wet Muni tracks and find another way to get to work.

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There were also protests in front of City Hall and there was a small march on the north end of Market Street, near the Embarcadero.

Protests are planned or already took place in Oakland as well.

A few more images below.

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A protest in front of City Hall. Photo: Streetsblog SF
Protesting collaboration between Uber and Trump? Photo: Streetsblog
Market Street Cycles had a “resist” banner in front of its door. Photo: Streetsblog

Leave comments about what the reality of President Trump means to you, your city, what you have seen around the Bay Area today, and how you intend to resist the policies of his administration.

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  • Maybe this is going to turn out terribly. For Republicans.

    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/20/14332616/donald-trump-inauguration

  • Dave Abbott

    Liberals block cyclists to protest Trump?

    Yeah, makes sense.

  • mx

    There was plenty of room for cyclists and pedestrians to get by on Market and the protesters seemed perfectly fine with that happening, but SFPD eventually shut the whole street down and started blocking pedestrians and cyclists for seemingly no good reason.

  • Yes, of course. Uber = Trump. Right.

  • leetramp

    I rode by early in the morning and found the location of the blockade rather annoying. The banner blocked the bus, taxi, and bike lanes. The one lane for cars was actually not blocked by the banner. Why block bikes, buses, and taxis if you are protesting Uber? None of these folks are Uber.

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