Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers¬†filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

FIN

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2 Responses to “Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay”

  1. D. Whippersnapper says:

    I heeded the sign and removed all my valuables from my 1953 Studebaker–the bench seat, the ashtray, the cig. lighter, the aftermarket 8-track player, the stick shift knob, and my cache of gold and silver bars. But I accidentally locked myself out and so stood at the curb with all these valuables, no renewal of my AAA membership and besides, Studenbakers were notorious for having unusual no-pick locks and so didn’t have my sack to haul this stuff around as I wanted to hunt around for ticket stubs near the Fillmore. The moral of the story is to remove your valuables but don’t lock your car, because no one still living would know how to drive a 1953 Studebaker with a 3 on-the-steering wheel without a cig. lighter and no bench seat.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I’ll look for your 3 on the tree Studie next time I’m in the area – maybe I’ll take a nap inside if I find it unlocked.

    My dad had a 4 on the tree Mercedes that he never locked either. Not really a luxury car at all…

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