the imperfect host
The Super Bowl is over, and with it Super Bowl City's brief, branded invasion of San Francisco. Things will be back to normal soon enough, but that's not the end.
San Francisco's inequalities are well known, but are hard to see because of how invisible the poor have become. Life outside the walls in Super Bowl City is rough.
With its four-figure average ticket prices, Super Bowl 50 is unmistakably and even proudly a luxury event. Life outside the walls of Super Bowl City is different.
San Francisco has a unique relationship with its homeless population, and always has. The arrival of Super Bowl City has complicated things, and displaced people.
Hosting the NFL's "Super Bowl City" theme park has meant displacement, discontent, and expense for San Francisco. In a city with problems, it's a gamble.
Super Bowl 50 is in Santa Clara, but San Francisco is hosting the NFL mini-theme park Super Bowl City. Fitting a city in a city isn't any easier than it sounds.