Posts Tagged ‘boalt hall’

Newly-Elected Malia Cohen On The Job in District 10 Already – How Will the Flowers of Warm Water Cove Look Next Month?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Your Supervisor Malia Cohen dropped by the waterfront other day to check out the commotion at Warm Water Cove.

All the deets.

It’s generally a lot more flowery these days down there.

See? Here’s a shot from a while back:

And here’s one from last weekend:

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Should be quite flowery there this Spring…

Get Out To Warm Water Cove Today to Help With the Clean-Up, Even Though the Blue Bottle Coffee is All Gone

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

All the deets are below.

Of course, you can always clean up the WWC on your own, but you’ll have a funner time this particular AM, Saturday, January 22nd, 2011.

And look, new District Ten Supervisor Malia Cohen is there!

(And don’t forget to check out the Whole Wheat Toast Warm Water Cove Park Rail Museum on your way home.)

Certainly, the sitch will be less contentious than in years past: [how does this shot show contentious-ness? confusing to readers,  just steal a better shot from another site  -ed.]

[why not something like this instead, The Man crushing the dreams of Urban Youth, PJ s/b all about telling stories with images, right? -ed.]

See you by the Sugar House!

Warm Water Cove Park Neighborhood Event

When: Saturday, January 22, 9-noon: come for all or part of the morning

What: Gardening: Help get the Park gardens ready for spring/summer/fall blooming! Add California Native and Drought-Tolerant Plants to the gardens we started 2 years ago. Also new Wildflower Seeding, mulching and weeding.

Where: Warm Water Cove Park, East end of 24th St. at the Bay’s edge, Dogpatch neighborhood.

Who: GreenTrustSF, SF Port, Progress Park

Details: 2 blocks east of Third St. Light rail stop.
Free parking.
Blue Bottle Coffee/Juice at 9:00 am, snacks for energy.
Please bring your own drinking water.
Tools and gloves provided.

Donations thanks to our sponsors: The Good Life grocery, Piccino Café, Recology, Flowercraft Nursery, SF Port

-Central Waterfont

www.gtsfcw.org, info@gtsfcw.org, 415-282-5516

Warm Water Cove Update: A Fascinating Document Explains Why the Graffiti is Still Gone

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

You know about Yelp-rated Warm Water Cove aka Toxic Tire Beach, that mini park where 24th Street almost meets the bay? Well, take a look at the changes.

Here it is as it was, at least the north side anyway, from back in aught-seven: 

And here is how that Historic Sugar House looks today:

“Concrete Beach” via CaliberSF‘s Troy Holden (Whoops, this caption didn’t take earlier today, my bad.)

That’s quite a change, huh? Looks like DHL Worldwide Express done moved in. (Which is apropos, since DHL got it’s start in San Francisco. Speaking of which, the “H” in DHL created DHL while he was going to UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. (I’m probably still on their waiting list, oh well.) Read his fascinating life story about how he killed himself with a seaplane and also read about some suspicious acts by the people employed the aforementioned University of California here.)   

Anywho, the graffiti eradication program is all documented right here in “Warm Water Cove Graffiti Vandalism Project 2007″ at SFGov.org. This pdf has it all, it even shows how the SFPD catches anyone who would dare throw some urban art on the empty walls.

The mellow artists were no match for the determined City and County:

I’ll tell you back in aught-seven, it was widely predicted that the graffiti people would come back with a vengeance. I know that there have been subsequent incidents, but the City is still putting enough energy into this project to keep the place graffiti-free.

Score this a minor victory for Mayor Gavin Newsom.

More deets after the jump.

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500 People at Presidio Trust Board Meeting – Main Post Plans, Including CAMP Museum

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Well, there were a few surprises at last night’s Presidio Trust  Board of Directors meeting at the Palace of Fine Arts. Get up to speed on the issues here, and then take a look below to see what it was like. Here’s a take from John Upton over at the Examiner and here’s another from Curbed SF.

After Presidio Trust Director Craig Middleton gave the crowd an update, everyone got to see more-detailed plans on the controversial CAMP museum proposal via a Powerpoint slideshow. The architect from San Francisco-based WRNS Studio received sustained applause when he finished his presentation. That was a surprise, certainly.

In fact, the audience seemed just about evenly split, with half supporting the Main Post plans and the other “flamethrowing” half opposing. That was a surprise as well.

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What’s this? Pro-museum protesters or supporters, or whatever you want to call them? Never before have I seen this:

For those of you who like to see issues simplified into dramaturgical dyads, a portion of the happy CAMPers are on the left and a portion of the opposing NIMBY and preservationist groups are on the right, the site of the anti-CAMPers’ putative news conference. 

The mise-en-scene. Were more people here than at the last board meeting on December 9th? Yes. The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (made famous by the appearance last Fall of ukulele-playing Jake Shimabukuro - 3 million astounded YouTube viewers can’t be wrong) was half-full or half-empty, depending on your point of view. So that’s about 500 souls motivated enough to show up:

This chart actually makes sense to me now. It shows how far we’re progressing to the end of the process and the beginning of the inevitable lawsuit designed to chuck all these plans out the window.

And here we are, the proposed Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio 2.0. (Learn about CAMP 1.0 here, via the New York Times.) The Gallery Building dominates but don’t forget about the quasi-subteranean Art Handling Building on the left and Building 101 in the upper right hand corner. There’s your “B”-as-in-boy, billion-dollar CAMP museum:

Here’s a 3D view:

The Pavillion level is up top…

…and the Courtyard Level is down below:

Sections, just like my grandmother’s MRI!

The Future is Now:

All of the Gallery Building is below the altitude of the eaves of the Presdio Theatre, seen in foreground:

Subteranean by design/ I wonder what I would find if I met you:

The Gallery is three buildings, three buildings in one. Historic Building 100 and the defunct Presidio Theatre rise above:

Oh no! It’s the kids from UC Berkeley Law School. They practically hijacked the meeting. And that was the final surprise of the evening, before I had to get home to some Java curry. Now it’s one thing to be a millionaire homeowner NIMBY living in the Marina or Cow Hollow, but there’s literally millions of millionaires out there. On the other hand there are only so many folks able to get into Berkeley Law. The nine or ten speakers from the law school contingent displayed far more intellectual candlepower than typical speakers at these kinds of public meetings. 

This didn’t make for good theater, because the college kids were basically speed-reading their ideas into the record, but diverse and novel viewpoints were expressed, and that’s a Good Thing, right? It will be interesting to see the transcript when it comes out, certainly.

Here’s how I left it:

Oh, and about that crowd size estimate. The Examiner is saying just 250 people? So if four times as many people showed up, almost everybody would have had a seat in the venue (one that can handle 1000 if you include the small number of people who prefer to stand on the sidelines)? No way, Jose. The proper count is about 500.

To Be Continued…