As seen in the Western Addition:
Note internal cross-bracing…
This really stands out to me, perhaps it does to you as well:
Of course it’s the giant cross atop Hill Davidson
Now I’ll ask you, does crime pay? Or did it pay back in aught-seven, when metal “recyclers” stole the hundred-something pound bronze plaque up there to sell for hundred-something dollars? IDK.
Anyway, some people are still mad how the cross and all that land up there got sold for just $26K in a sweetheart deal, but byegones.
I never understood how SFGov could have a cross up there when I first moved to town, but now it all seems kosher…
Here’s a repost from 2009. I haven’t kept up on things, but I don’t think much has changed. It’ll take somebody to sue SFGov to have a chance to change this situation, the way things happened with the big cross atop Mt. Davidson.
“The Prayer Book Cross was erected in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1894 as a gift from the Church of England. Created by Ernest Coxhead, it stands on one of the higher points in Golden Gate Park. It is located between John F. Kennedy Drive and Park Presidio Drive, near Cross Over Drive. This 57 ft (17 m) sandstone cross commemorates the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in California by Sir Francis Drake’s chaplain on June 24, 1579.”
Didn’t the City have to sell off the similar Mount Davidson Cross (Yelp-rated) after a lawsuit back in the 1990s? Yes it did. So, do you think the Prayer Book Cross creates an “appearance of governmental endorsement of religion” as well, particularly considering that we’re living in a post-Everson world?
Do these trees help to make this cross kosher, cause fewer people see it? Potentially, yes. Click to expand:
In other words, does the City’s ownership and maintenance of Prayer Book Cross violate the No Preference Clause and the Ban on Aid to Religion Clause of the California Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution?
Or maybe it’s all good, because the cross communicates “primarily non-religious messages” ala the shorter Mount Soledad Cross down in Fun Diego County? This is a close call.
Read all about the Mount Davidson case here, where the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit lays down the law. It’s pretty accessible.
You see it on the right here, as seen back in the day, during the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Electric Tower at Night, with Search Light on Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park:
But should it be on government land today?
“Presented to Golden Gate Park at the opening of the Midwinter Fair, January 1, A. D. 1894, as a memorial of the service held on the shore of Drake’s Bay about Saint John Baptist’s Day, June 24, Anno Domini 1579, by Francis Fletcher, priest of the Church of England, chaplain of Sir Francis Drake, chronicler of the service. Gift of George W. Childs, Esquire, of Philadelphia. First Christian service in the English tongue on our coast. First use of the Book of Common Prayer in our country. One of the first recorded missionary prayers on our continent. Soli Deo sit semper gloria.”
First things first, let’s prove that the top of the Hayes Street Hill on Hayes Street is not the highest point of the current B to B route.
And here’s another shot at it:
And here’s a contour map of the Hayes Street area:
So that’s it.
“Under Armour will have a strong race day presence as the official sponsor of the notoriously challenging “Hayes Hill,” awarding prizes to the fastest hill runners from select racing categories.”
(People from around here call it Hayes Street Hill, but otherwise this is fine. The name of the hill itself is Alamo Heights.)
This was what the organizers used to say every year:
“Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore and Steiner, bringing them to the highest point in the race, approximately 215 feet above sea level. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park.”
So yeah, the course gradually flows downhill, but only after peaking in Golden Gate Park.
All right, let’s see how the MSM handles this in 2014…
Pick one: The King of Kings or Walter Shorenstein et alii?
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(Did you know that the Official Bird of San Francisco is the the crane? The construction crane!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)
100 McAllister in the Tenderloin / Twitterloin started off life as a church / hotel.
Can you tell?
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Uh, I don’t know.
Presenting the big-on-the-outside, small-in-the-inside Hummer H3, the “Baby Hummer.”
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I can sort of see why GM donated this this vehicle, but nevertheless, sometimes, I just don’t know.
Wouldn’t a minivan be a better choice? I think so.
PS: We should have let GM die this time, you know, as opposed to waiting until next time…
Now check it – everybody’s favorite psycho killer hippie Scorpio somehow got on the roof of famously-sawtoothed* 555 California, you know, in order to start the carnage. See?
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Now wouldn’t it be cool to go swimming up there on a dreaded sunny day?
Well, we’ll never know – here’s how it looks these days:
Empty empty empty.
I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.
In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:
In San Francisco:
*So every shark laboring at triple-five Cal can have his/her own “corner office,” of sorts, that’s why the BofA Building has that distinctive shape.