Posts Tagged ‘flower’

Flower Delivery Truck, Frisco-Style – Ancient Specialized Hard Rock Mountain Bike Retires, Finds a New Career

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

As seen in our Presidio:

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A Rare Delivery in Frisco: Dominos Pizza in the Housing Projects of McAllister

Friday, September 16th, 2016

I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen this – a pizza delivery in the Western Addition flats, on McAllister near Fillmore. This has been a no-go area for some pizza places in Frisco for a long time. There’s a long history of this kind of delivery redlining  – see some of it here, or even more here.

(IMO, Friendship Village(s) = The Projects.)


Here’s one current delivery map. It’s a tad embarrassing, you know, for all of us in Frisco, so you now have to request persimmon (Mmmm… persimmon) from the owner/manager of Amici’s Pizza to see it – that’s how embarrassing it is.

I’m not saying that this part of McAllister Street is particularly dangerous and I’m also not saying that big-city pizza delivery is particularly safe, I’m just saying I can’t ever recall seeing a Domino’s delivery in this area, in all my years.

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria Still Refuses to Deliver to the Bad Parts of Northern SF, But Their Delivery Maps are Improving

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

A little history here first. This was the Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria delivery map from a decade ago:

As you can see, the project-y parts of the Western Addition and Potrero Hill were no-go areas 24-7, while the Uptown Tenderloin / Twitterloin / 6th Street Corridor areas were no-go areas after dark.

Back then and even now, this kind of map is nice and legal, believe it or not. So, in Frisco, if a cabbie refuses to take you to The Projects (or even to The Avenues), s/he is guilty of a misdemeanor called Failure to Convey, but if a pizza deliverer refuses to bring food to the projects, well, that’s A-OK. Moving on….

To this, the map that’s been used for most of the past decade – it’s pretty much the same thing:

And now here are the current maps – first for the Mission Bay location on King Street:

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Wow, this is much improved. The 6th Street part of the Twitterloin is back on the map as well as Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex (those are per Jay Barmann – I am not familiar with these terms as I’ve never really been to the Potrero PJ’s area, the place where former Mayor Art Agnos got shot).

Of course it could be that Amici’s never delivers to these places – maybe it’s up to the individual drivers who are working at the time, IDK. Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with this map, you know, per se.

And now we come to the current map for the Marina District Amici’s:

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Realize that there are smaller federal housing projects included in this map, but the areas carved out still include a broad swath of the Western Addition and, of course, the SRO-laden Northern Twitterloin containment zone.

So there you have it – redlining in San Francisco circa 2015.

A Riot of Color in Foggy, Foggy Golden Gate Park: It’s August in the Dahlia Dell! – Big Flower Show Coming Aug. 17-18, 2013

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

As it looks this season:

All the deets:

August 17th & 18th, 2013, Dahlia Society of California, County Fair Building/Golden Gate Park, 9th & Lincoln Avenues, San Francisco

But whatever you do, don’t ask about the Walk of Shame at the next meeting! It’s just too shameful:

“Program: Deborah will present her interactive Walk of Shame where you learn which are major show sins and which are minor ones.”

Now check out the flowery language used to make the dahlia San Francisco’s official flower:

“The dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding, and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisylike wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty.”

As seen just east of our Conservatory of Flowers:

Golden Gate Park has tons of dahlia now – check out the Yelp-approved Dahlia Dell when you have the chance.

An annual eardrum buzz in GGP:

Colour hidden in the park.


See you there!

OMG, the Giant “Kinetic Red Lotus” Just Arrived at Civic Center – “Phantoms of Asia” Will Open Soon at Our Asian Art Museum

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

The Asian Art Museum Blog has the news about the big new piece that’s just been installed in Civic Center. It’s all a part of Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, which starts May 18th, 2012 at the Asian Art Museum.

Here’s the video of them installing it yesterday afternoon:

And here’s what it looked like yesterday evening:

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The HuffPo has the story:

“Timed to coincide with the Asian Art Museum‘s Phantoms of Asia exhibition, Civic Center Plaza will soon play host to Korean artist Choi Jeon Hwa’s Breathing Flower sculpture–a 24-foot tall, bright red recreation of a lotus flower with motorized petals set up to open and close throughout the course of the day.

curatorial statement from the Asian Art Museum details some of the meaning behind the work:

“Looking closely at this large lotus by artist Choi Jeong Hwa one notices that it appears to be full of life, its petals slowly inhaling and exhaling. This is typical of the work of Choi, who takes pleasure in giving new life and meaning to otherwise inanimate and disregarded materials. Long a familiar flower in Asia and associated with both Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the lotus is remarkable for its ability to emerge from murky waters and mud, and blossom into an elegant flower. Choi created his lotus from everyday materials that, unlike a real lotus, will never disintegrate and die, and ultimately urge the viewer to meditate on the beauty and fragility of the natural world around us.”

Here’s What the San Francisco Botanical Garden Looked Like Before They Started Charging $7 Per Day Admission

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This is from before the time they put up the tollbooths. (I’ve stopped going there myself, a kind of boycott, I suppose.)

These days the place is a ghost town and all the docents are upset about the big change.

Oh well.

Attendance is “less than anticipated” but the people who did the anticipating knew they were lying so I don’t know how you score that one.

Oh well.

California Poppy by David Yu

Friday, November 4th, 2011

California Poppy by David Yu:

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The Dahlia is the Official Flower of San Francisco, So Why is This Year’s Show in Freaking San Jose?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

(You know what, girlfriend, I’m just raising the issue on this one, I don’t have all the deets.)

So, we’ve got the official flower of San Francisco busting out in Golden Gate Park right now, you know, a burst of late summer color just when most of the other flowers in GGP have gone away, and now I see that our big annual show, the American Dahlia Society National Dahlia Festival and Competition, is going to be way down there in San Jose this year on August 20-21?

So, we’ve got a whole bunch of dahlia sitting out there in Golden Gate Park (right there just east of the Conservatory of Flowers, you know that building what cost $25,000,000 to fix up) right now and we’ve got a Hall of Flowers Building right there near 9th Avenue and Lincoln as a place to host the show, as per usual, but we don’t have the show in 2011?

I cry foul.

What did you do, Rec and Park, drive away yet another event? You know, with your fees and whatnot?

I cry foul once again.

Anywho, here’s a big old bumblebee what just looooves our Dahlia Garden. But look out for that stinger – don’t mess with Texas!

Click to expand – Canon 1D Mark II with 70-200 mm 2.8 IS Classic with totally sick 500D close-up lens attachment (that I sure as Hell didn’t pay $400 for$100 is more like it, back in the day. Later on I got proper macro lenses…)

Speaking of which, we’ve also fee’d away other annual traditions, like when we sent the Love Parade over to the East Bay. You know, after just killing last year’s effort outright. Good-bye LovEvolution.

Looking at you, Rec and Park, looking at you, MayorWilleBrownGavinNewsomEdleeDowntown dynasty:

Via W. Kilinger’s Photostream 

Sometimes I just don’t know.


J’accuse J’accuse J’accuse!

What will we lose next?

Gorgeous Cactus: The Cacti of Golden Gate Park are Blooming – Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Pinks…

Friday, July 8th, 2011


From what they used to call the Mexican Garden in what they used to call Strybing Arboretum, which, for seven decades and up until just last year, used to have free admission:

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Thank Gaia California’s License Plates Aren’t All Preachy, the Way Colorado’s Are

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I don’t know, man. Am I supposed to know that this is a columbine flower? (Well, I suppose I do now, oh well.)

But apparently, this isn’t the preachy message I thought it was.

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