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Oh Boy, “Civic Center Community Benefits District” “Community Ambassadors” Look Like They’re in a Bob Fosse Dance Routine

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I think it’s the hat what does it.

Let’s see here, what does the CCCBD do with the tax* money levied on local bidness and institutions?

Oh look, it’s a Community Ambassador narcing to the SFPD:

Boy, I’ll bet the local street toughs will never ever notice this kind of thing:

Let’s see, what else. Oh look, it’s Our Dear Leader at some North Korean-style photo op posted on the CCCBD FB.

And check it, the map of so-called Civic Center is a perfect giant arrow pointed down. How apropo! Did corrupt non-profit “leader” Randy Shaw play a role in drawing the borders of this district as well? We can only hope.

Someday I’ll tell you, Gentle Reader, all about the now-defunct Fillmore CBD, Ooh, about a quarter of the taxes were spent on just one person to show up at meetings to say how great the FCBD was.

But here’s the Party Line, Dear Comrade, from the all-seeing and all-knowing SFGov. See how that works? No problems here!

In closing, I’d just like to say “hi” to area Vanity Google Searcher and Mayoral Spokesmodel Christine Falvey. (Someday, someday, I’ll get a kickback job what pays me six figures to Google my very own name all the live-long day. Someday, someday, Dominion

All the deets: 

The Civic Center Community Benefit District (CBD) is a special assessment district conceived and organized by a group of concerned Civic Center property owners, arts organizations, government entities, and other stakeholders. The goal of the CBD is to improve coordination and communication around the management, image, safety, beautification and cleanliness of the greater Civic Center area for the benefit of patrons, residents, employees, merchants, property owners and other visitors within the district.

*If you want to get technical and say that the charges assessed aren’t actually taxes, well then go ahead. But, fundamentally, they’re taxes.

Cupid’s Span, That Big Sculpture on The Embarcadero, Has Become a Skateboard Park for Local Youth – Don Fisher’s Legacy

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Avert your gaze, “art” lovers.

Via Uptown Almanac and Fecal Face: “Dropping in Diptych – San Francisco, CA – My buddy Trevor dropping in on Cupids arrow on the way to Atnt park.”

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Is this what Gap founder Don Fisher would have wanted?

Cupid’s Span

Rincon Park, San Francisco, California.

Stainless steel, structural carbon steel, fiber-reinforced plastic, cast epoxy, polyvinyl chloride foam; painted with polyester gelcoat
64 ft. x 143 ft. 9 in. x 17 ft. 3/8 in.

Commissioned by D&DF Foundation, San Francisco
Installed November 2002

Statement by the Artists:

Inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros, we began our project for a small park on the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay by trying out the subject of Cupid’s stereotypical bow and arrow. The first sketches were made of the subject with the bowstring drawn back, poised on the feathers of the arrow, which pointed up to the sky.

When Coosje van Bruggen found this position too stiff and literal, she suggested turning the image upside down: the arrow and the central part of the bow could be buried in the ground, and the tail feathers, usually downplayed, would be the focus of attention. That way the image became metamorphic, looking like both a ship and a tightened version of a suspension bridge, which seemed to us the perfect accompaniment to the site. In addition, the object functioned as a frame for the highly scenic situation, enclosing — depending on where one stood — either the massed buildings of the city’s downtown or the wide vista over the water and the Bay Bridge toward the distant mountains.

As a counterpoint to romantic nostalgia, we evoked the mythological account of Eros shooting his arrow into the earth to make it fertile. The sculpture was placed on a hill, where one could imagine the arrow being sunk under the surface of plants and prairie grasses. By slanting the bow’s position, Coosje added a sense of acceleration to the Cupid’s Span. Seen from its “stern,” the bow-as-boat seems to be tacking on its course toward the white tower of the city’s Ferry Building.”

From the peanut gallery:

“This thing is awful.  I do not understand putting up a piece of ‘art’ that looks like it should be at Disneyland’s California Adventure, smack-dab in the middle of an already amazing view.  Everytime I go by it it pisses me off.  Leave the Bay view alone to it’s own devices.”

“This Disneyland crap makes me want to barf. If only Chicken John had been elected mayor, he would have run his pickup truck into this eyesore and San Francisco would have looked like a real city again”

“Ugh. Really? It’s hideous and tacky. It belongs in Cleveland, not San Francisco.”

Is This a Rear-View Mirror for Taxi Passengers? Anyway, It Looks Like a Cyclist “Dooring” Prevention Device

Friday, January 11th, 2013

I’ll have to get a closer look next time:

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If You’re a Taxi Driver, the SFPD Might Just Start Yelling at You, Instead of Giving You a Ticket

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

As here.

I was thinking, “Man, I wouldn’t make a U-turn right in front of a cop,” but this cabbie just went for it, going from outbound McAllister to inbound to pick up a fare, as seen camera left

So the cop pulls up and then stops to roll down his window to start yelling.

Thusly:

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Now if you drove like this cabbie, you’d get a ticket.

But you’re not a member of the City Family…

Street Justice, Frisco Style: Former San Francisco Taxicab Takes Up Two Parking Spaces on Fell, Pays a Price

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Let’s see here, the penalty for parking a Mercury Grand Marquis (aka Ford Crown Victoria) on the mean streets of San Francisco is, assuming that you carelessly take up two spaces, this:

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See? This car was clean when it was parked here last week.

Damage report: A little paintball action, both yellow and blue, plus messages on the windows, plus a bidness card listing your crime tucked in the driver’s window, plus a pair of way-too-low-pressure tires on the left side (owing to some miscreant letting the air out.)

I cry foul, on the vigilantes…

UPDATE: Le mise-en-scene, for those who care. Probably hundreds of frustrated drivers passed by this scene whilst looking for free parking this past week. I’ll note that the driver of the Toyota RAV4 cute-ute is far braver than I, ’cause parking a car with its nose in a crosswalk, well, that’s a paddling right there, or a $100 ticket or something…