Posts Tagged ‘freeway’

Canada Reclaims Our Hideous Vaillancourt Fountain on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day – “Quebec libre!” on the Embarcadero

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Here you go, this was the scene at Justin Herman Plaza last week:

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And here’s the explanation, but I’ve flipped the image so that the English part comes first, ’cause ‘Mericah:

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(I’ve already said my piece on this art piece right here. We should get rid of it.)

But hey, the home-made banner added to it last week is well made. It’s great:

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All the deets:

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day[1] (French: Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste), officially known in Quebec as La fête nationale,[2] (English: National Holiday)[3] is a holiday celebrated annually on June 24, the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In Quebec, it is a public holiday[3][4][5] with festivities occurring on June 23 and 24 which are publicly financed and organized by a Comité organisateur de la fête nationale[6] (Organizing Committee of the National Holiday). June 24 is also celebrated as a festival of French Canadianculture in other Canadian provinces[7][8][9] and the United States.[10][11]

Find the Iwo Jima Memorial in This Photo – The East Bay’s Mount Suribachi – As Seen From the I-80

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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And here’s a little closer, from a rainer time of year:

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And closer still:

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All the deets.

A Freeway is Easy to Tear Down, But Hideous Art What Used to Riff on the Same Freeway is FOREVER

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Here you go:

When Vaillancourt designed the fountain, the Embarcadero Freeway or Interstate 480, was still in existence along Market Street and the Embarcadero. The fountain was designed with the freeway environment in mind…”

Kind of like this:

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(Of course this was back when Frisco had cheap water and cheap power.)

But now the freeway is gone.

Long gone.

So what do we need this Vaillancourt Fountain thing anymore for anyway?

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It’s not worth powering the water pumps these days, so that’s one good thing.

But why do we still have this monstrosity???

A Brief History of Division Street’s Homeless People in Tents, 2015-2016 – Plus Theories: El Nino v. Super Bowl 50

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Well, let’s go way back for starters, back when the Bicycle Thieves Of San Francisco aimed to steal your entire bike. They’d sometimes get caught with stolen bikes and car jacks.*

But these days, it’s bike parts thieves seem to settle for, so cyclists need to protect not just the frame but also the wheels, the saddle and the headset, and other bits too, if you can.

So that means that today’s bike thief needs room to store stuff and that’s where Division Street comes in. It’s been a good place to park a vehicle or pitch a tent without being bothered too much, plus it’s close to the action – it’s close to 7th and Market and the Main Library.

This is what things looked like under the I-80 before Fall 2015 as I remember things:

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This is how I remember things being for a decade or two.

But then all of a sudden, instead of a few tents here and there, a bunch of tents popped up. They filled up practically every possible space in lines that stretched from Costco #144 all the way to South Van Ness. I’m guessing this occurred  anywhere from mid-to-late November 2015 to early December at the latest.

This is part of the north (aka west) side of Division on Dec. 13th:

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Compare that with this shot of the same place on Dec. 9th

And this is the other side of the street closer to 10th Street at the end of December:

 

 

 

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I’ll tell you, most of these hundreds of people are NOT bike thieves.

So why did they show up here at the end of 2015?

The Holidays? I could see why the SFPD et al might want to ignore things until after Thanksgiving, Christmas and whatnot.

El Nino? This would be a good place to stay out of most of the rain, of course, and the forecast was for lots of it coming soon.

Super Bowl 50? The corporate party part of Super Bowl 50 had lots of knock-on effects for SFGov – it seemed like each and every SF Department was gearing up. At the time I thought, well, this doesn’t look too good either, if this is the alternative to homeless people hanging out near Super Bowl City in the Financial.

Availability of Tents? I remember seeing truck upon truck delivering stuff here, something like an FM radio station with “Chuy in the Morning” written on the side, something like that. So sure, food, but tents too? IDK.

Those are some ideas, anyway.

I don’t know, if SFGov cleans out all these tents in February 2016, will that end shoplifting at Rainbow Grocery?

We’ll find out soon enough.

Anyway, that’s your brief history of the tents on Division from 2015-2016.

*Stolen from the trunks of boxy Volvos. It was a thing.

The Only Time I’ve Ever Seen Poorly-Designed Octavia Boulevard NOT Completely Congested with Traffic During Rush Hour – MLK Day, 2016

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

4:30 PM people – on a Monday:

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I hardly recognize the place…

Here’s the OTHER Part of the “Berkeley’s Big People” Art Installation: Bros Flying Kites, Mostly

Friday, January 15th, 2016

You’ve seen the northern end, now here’s the southern end:

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OK fine…

Osculate Then Aviate: Aptly Named “Kiss ‘N Fly” Option at SFO Isn’t Actually All That Useful, It Would Seem

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Here it is, for dropping off your “loved ones” at SFO:

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And here’s the map:

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And here’s how things got started, back in aught-seven.

IDK, man. This doesn’t seem like all that great an option, so like I don’t get this, man.

JMO

Mercy Sakes Alive, Looks Like We Got Us A Convoy, a Huge Military Convoy, on the I-80, Heading East

Monday, January 11th, 2016

I aint never seen this:

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I can remember seeing some HUMVEEs on the “Interstate” freeways of Honolulu,* but H1 Hummers were the smallest of the lot here. Look at these beasts – I bet they put out more NOx than a TDI VW:

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Here’s what you need, an 8×8 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) M984 wrecker

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About ten vehicles altogether…

*Yes, just one city has three entire interstate freeways inside of it

But Is It Art? Huge DinoCar, Central Valley Near the I-80

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

In my day, we’d call this a brontosaurus, but then again we also called Frisco Frisco, plus at that time they learned us that Pluto was a full-on planet so oh well don’t listen to me, I’m sure they have a better word than brontosaurus these days, when kids don’t learn (how to smoke and) how to name dinosaurs from Flintstones reruns…

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The Only Thing More Berkeley than the “Berkeley’s Big People” Sculptures is the Lengthy, Overbudget Process Behind Them

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

I’d never really looked at this expensive hunk of fiberglass afore.

Oh, Kenneth Baker hates it:

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Obviously conceived before the rise of iPhones…

Here‘s the whole story.