Public Works Contractor: Let Me Call Your Street 'Hearts' [Updated]

Photo: @shabbyfrisco/Twitter
By Walter Thompson - Published on June 29, 2017.

On a corner in the Sunnyside district, love is in the air—or rather, underfoot.

Via Twitter, @shabbyfrisco observed that a Public Works contractor installing a curb cut on Tuesday morning at Hearst and Circular made a slight error; instead of stamping "HEARST" into the wet cement, "HEARTS" was indelibly inscribed.

"it can happen in the twentyfirst century - sweetest concrete typo ever - or worker's sly joke?" speculated @shabbyfrisco.

By Wednesday, a crew reportedly with R&S Construction was back to complete the ramps. 

A worker named Juan reportedly wasn't sure whether Public Works would correct the error, said @shabbyfrisco, and "suggested changing name of street to match."

Originally Moulton Avenue, Hearst Avenue was renamed in 1895 after George Hearst, a former US Senator who amassed a fortune in Nevada silver mining. His son, William Randolph Hearst, would later take over his father's newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner, among other pursuits.

Misspelled street stamps are all over the city, a 2014 Chronicle story reported. In a Flickr group called Cement Mix Up, eagle-eyed photographers have collected nearly 1,500 photos, including shots of "LOMBRD," "ORTAGA," and "DOLOREES."

@shabbyfrisco noted that they were happy to let us use the images, "however if this causes City to jack it up, we'll all be sore @ you."

[Update: 12:07pm] @shabbyfrisco reports that a work crew is currently fixing the typo.

Have you seen a misspelled curb stamp? Text a horizontal photo to 415-200-3233 with the cross street; if we use it in a story, we'll give you credit.

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