Posts Tagged ‘embarcadeo’

The Eternal Struggle: Bear vs. Octopus on Market Street – The Prize? A Metal Star-Ball, Of Course

Friday, January 7th, 2011

You want the freaky artwork you create to be eternal, you want it to last forever right? Well, the secret of that is to get a commission before the NIMBYs, the historical societies, and the homeowners associations move in to town.

Then, when fashions change and people start to wonder just what the heck were you thinking back in the day,* you’ll have powerful forces on your side to make sure that nothing ever, ever changes. In that way, you will become immortal.

So, what’s The Message here? My guess:

The octopus has the reach but the bear wants it more

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And best of all , the same tableau plays out on the other side so everybody will get to see.

Forever…

*That monstrosity just down Market costs $1000 a day just for the electricity

The Sad End of the WWII-era Locomotives of the Old San Francisco Belt Railroad

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Here’s where they sit now, Numbers 25 and 23 from the oddball San Francisco Belt Railroad. That was the shortline that California started in 1891

These locomotives were built during World War II to haul stuff around the waterfront, but since 1993 they’ve generally been cloistered inside Pier 96, making a few short trips now and then.

As seen at the end of Cargo Way near Heron’s Head Park:

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Here’s what the “roundhouse” used to look like at Sansome and Embarcadero. Check it, the building is still there – can you see where the tracks were?

Tourism is a much more important biz than freight-hauling these days, so don’t look for rail to make a comeback along the waterfront anytime soon. But maybe we’ll get the Fort Mason Tunnel open again for transit, once the goddamn NIMBYs of the Marina stop screaming about it.

Maybe…