In the last few months, sidewalks around the Upper Haight have been used as a public chapbook by a writer who's left behind numerous poems and musings, but not everyone's a fan.
Marked out with paint and marker in multi-color block letters, these installations by a woman who goes by Hightower have caught the eye of many visitors and passersby -- along with area merchants who are liable for sidewalk graffiti adjacent to their businesses.
If Public Works issues a property owner a citation, they have 30 days to remove the graffito; after that point, the city sends its own cleaner and issues a $300 citation.
To date, multiple Upper Haight merchants say they've been cited by Public Works because Hightower left her work outside.
"All in all, not a fun thing to deal with," said Denny Garbuio of Fluevog Shoes. "The sentiment is great -- poetry on the streets -- but not at the expense of the businesses."
Garbuio, who's received a graffiti citation, said the artist "was really apologetic" afer "we finally caught her in the act," but two more installations appeared nearby soon afterwards.
Upper Haight merchants averse to street poet