The streetcars of the F Line have many attracted fans, lots of dedicated Muni employees, and even a board of directors, but they never had a mayor — until now.
Meet Owen Thomas, the new mayor of the F Market Streetcars on Foursquare, the location-based social networking site. Owen became the mayor after he used Foursquare to “check in” on the F Line more times than anyone else.
A San Francisco resident who lives on the northern side of Telegraph Hill, Owen started riding the F Line after Muni rerouted the 10 Townsend bus, “I ride the F with a TransLink — I mean, Clipper — card. It’s where the early 20th century meets the late 20th century,” Owen says. “I get a total fanboy thrill when I see a streetcar with a paint scheme I’ve never seen before round the corner past Hotel Vitale.”
Want to steal Owen’s mayoral crown? Just check-in via Foursquare whenever you climb aboard an F Line streetcar. Meanwhile, the F Market also has lots of fans on Yelp (3.5 stars!) and, of course, a thriving community of photographers on Flickr.
That’s all it takes to become Mayor these days, huh? And it still gets press.
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