Masonic Avenue Community Workshop: The Hippiest Damn Thing I’ve Ever Seen

I’ll tell you, what happened last night in the West of the Western Addition must have been just like the meetings that created the public policy disaster known as Octavia Boulevard, just like those meetings populated by Hayes Valley landed gentry and assorted NIMBY’s that spun out of control to create a traffic-choked “boulevard” that’s three medians and four traffic lanes (two just for parked cars!) too wide.

Anyway, about 60 souls showed at the tony San Francisco Day School to attend this “Street Design Study” joint yesterday. Check it:

The mise-en-scene:

Always with the medians:

Did you know that:

“A mature tree in an urban provides up to $162,000 in ecosystem services?”

(In other news, trees produce oxygen and birds live in trees. Heavy, man.)

I had to leave right when the make out “break out” sessions began, something to do with a play-date involving your neighbors in the hood and safety scissors and papers on tables and what-kind-of-Masonic-do-you-want.

And there’s nothing wrong with that, per se. The problem comes when traffic engineers lose their say and the landscapers are the only ones in charge.

We’ll see how this one goes, but the thing to remember is that the 60 people who showed are not The Community.

Not by a long shot.

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