Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The streets are rerouted (and no, this isn't a music post)

Let the fun begin:

Traffic delays are expected in San Francisco's South of Market area for nine days starting Thursday when city officials close down one block of Howard Street for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference.

The one-block stretch of Howard between Third and Fourth streets will be closed to traffic starting at 8 p.m. Thursday and is scheduled to reopen 3 p.m. Sept. 26.

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For those who aren't familiar with Oracle OpenWorld or the Moscone Center, suffice it to say that the Moscone Center actually consists of three separate buildings - Moscone North and Moscone South (on opposite sides of Howard between 3rd and 4th), and Moscone West (north of Howard, west of 4th). Although North and South are connected underground, if you are on street level you have to cross a street (Howard Street) to get from Moscone North to Moscone South.

Not during Oracle OpenWorld.

Not only is the street blocked from traffic, but tents are usually placed on the street itself to support lunch and/or other activities.

P.S. The title refers to a nice little tune by Dub Sweden. And no, it's not eligible for my Securing the Moscone Center playlist.

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