This is how the
Christmas Holiday Tree in front of San Francisco City Hall was lit at night back in the aughts:
Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.
Do you see a problem? All those gaudy lights in the tree offended certain rich white ladies of San Francisco! They felt all that colour was “not appropriate.” So they imposed their values on the RPD, as they are wont to do, and RPD spent five figures to correct the “problem.”
So that left us with this:
Except this lack of color just wasn’t jazzy enough for other certain people.
So then came this:
Via Julie Blaustein
And now Mayor Willie Brown wants ever more color.
So, the colors came out of the tree in front of City Hall and they went into City Hall itself.
Were these changes “improvements?”
No. But that’s what they were called at the time.