These 17 foot tall “kiosks” are simply giant ads – they’re said to pay for public toilets on the street that you need to pay for, ‘except where’s the toilet?
You see what I’m saying?
I know there’s one atop Twin Peaks, and in Civic Center, and I think there’s one near the cable car turnaround at the foot of Powell, but that’s far far away from Battery here.
I’m thinking this ad program has too many cheesy kiosks and not enough public toilets…
(And some things in Life are more important than your momentary delight with your most recent burrito.)
Here’s the sitch – Frisco locked itself into a 20-year deal with that fucking JCDecaux (JEE-SEE-DE-KOO, mon amie) company, so now we’re stuck with 100-something of these 17 foot tall kioskses
(Hey, that’s what you need more in your life, Gentle Reader – more booze, hurray! Catchphrase: Booze – it’s what’s for dinner.)
(Note now-useless and obsolete newspaper sidewalk sales feature. Also note that this sidewalk monster is labeled as “street furniture,” as if that’s a good thing. Also note cheesy gold-toned metal accents – tres chic, non?)
Of course we’ve been down this road before, Gentil Lecteur, but I wanted to attract your eyes to this – here’s how JCD markets SF’s public property:
Overview: In San Francisco, our 113 advertising kiosks cannot be missed. These elegant, 24-hour backlit, 17-foot kiosks tower over the city’s most populated streets, providing advertisers with oversized landmarks to showcase their messages. Our kiosks are the most striking outdoor media platforms to reach pedestrians and vehicular traffic in the Bay Area.
Each kiosk has two ad panels. The panels are divided into pre-set networks, each with equal exposure to top locations.
Kiosks are located throughout the heart of San Francisco’s high-density business, entertainment, and shopping districts including Union Square, the Financial District and Fisherman’s Wharf…”
So help me out here. If we have OVERSIZED LANDMARKS, you know, some “STREET FURNITURE” what TOWER OVER us, you know, what CANNOT BE MISSED so that some rich Euros straight outta, and I’m srsly, fucking Neuilly-sur-Seine, France can make some more Euros, then I ask you, “Is This A Good Thing?”
Just asking, Jean-Charles.
If I were the Super Pretzel pushcart people on Market at the cable car turnaround, I’d push these carts somewhere else before the lengthy loading and unloading process:
But these people don’t care – on they go with lifting and the lowering, on they go as westbound traffic backs up behind them…
Oh, there’s a super-long contract that binds us to have these sidewalk cylinders about for a loooong time because that’s the way Willie Brown wanted it?
An that’s why these hulking monoliths must remain, whether they’re used or not?
Thusly. This is in betwixt the new COFFEE CULTURES and the occasional parking space of the most popular food truck in San Francisco. It really does get in the way
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I ask of you, Gentle Reader, has SFGov ever made a good deal?
Ever made a public-private contract where the public didn’t get the short end of the stick?
I know not.
This is what you can see inside Strybing Arboretum this time of year:
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And outside, what you’ll see are a bunch of tourists debating the merits of paying $28 or whatever to enter the gates. Usually, they walk off dejectedly.
Why does our Strybing Arboretum (aka San Francisco Botanical Garden) need to become “world-class?”
Nobody’s ever explained that one to me. But that’s the rationale for charging admission these days (after six decades of free admission.)
Now, why isn’t our Strybing Arboretum called Strybing Arboretum anymore?
So it can become “world-class.” (Apparently, naming an arboretum after the woman who gave the money to start things up is considered provincial Back East. Plus Founder Helene Strybing made the mistake of becoming old and dying so nobody gives a ROMEO ALPHA about her anymore.)
Anyway, they started charging admission so the place turned into a ghost town, a “museum of plants and trees.”
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They said if things didn’t work out, they’d stop charging admission.
Here are your deets for the new ticket booths at the San Francisco Botanical Garden:
And here’s your bill:
And here’s what they look like. Yes, there’s a bathroom in there:
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Myself, I haven’t been back into Strybing (except to poke my head in to see how few people are there) since they started charging admission.
Maybe I’ll visit again when they stop charging…
But these booths need hawkers, you know, just like the strip clubs in North Beach. Why don’t you sign up?
You’ll need sales skills of course. Check out the job posting below.
BTW, your pay as a “Garden Ambassador” will be $9.92 below minimum wage (aka nothing) and your commission will be zero (0) percent. (Can you imagine what hawkers would do on slow days if they got paid a commish of one dollar per entry ticket? OMG,
Greet visitors at the North Gate of the Botanical Garden and encourage them to visit this outstanding garden. Many visitors approach the admissions kiosk and don’t know about the amazing garden that lies just beyond the gates.
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So that’s something new under the Sun. Read all the deets, and a pitch for “TripGlasses,” right here:
“We’re ecstatic about the fact that we now have Maker Shed kiosks, with magazines, books, and electronics kits, in several California Fry’s stores. We think this is big news, not only for Maker Media, but for all indie makers — a major retail chain is now giving small kit-makers this level of exposure. And, we think it’s particularly cool that we designed and built these kiosks in-house, and even personally delivered them to the stores! What other publisher could claim that?
Here, Assoc. Publisher and General Manager of Maker retail, Dan Woods explains more:
Maker Shed kiosks are now installed in four of Fry’s largest superstores. Each kiosk merchandises current and back issues of MAKE, Make: Project books, and kits, with an emphasis on maker-made kits produced by indie makers like Limor Fried’s MintyBoost, Mitch Altman’s Brain Machine, Ken Murphy’s Blinky Bugs, Dale Wheat’s Tiny Cylon and Wee Blinky kits, and Amy Parness and Ariel Churi’s DIY Design Electronics kits. This indie maker angle was a really important selling point to Fry’s. The kiosk’s themselves are all-MAKE in their design and construction. The challenge was to create a merchandising/branding kiosk that could show off maker-made kits, as well as our books and magazines, all in a 2′ X 2′ footprint. The design we came up with incorporates the Maker Faire workbench framing as the internal structure, refurbished fence boards from West Sonoma, and some nicely weathered corrugated shed aluminum that was locally salvaged. The result is a nice combination of weathered shed and repurposed industrial tubing. They’re uniquely MAKE, and Fry’s is ecstatic. In fact, they were even trucked down and setup by Heather (Harmon-Cochran) and Rob (Bullington) in one day.
These are the stores that currently have kiosks. (San Diego will be set up by Fry’s staff next week)
San Diego, CA
9825 Stonecrest Boulevard
San Jose, CA
550 E. Brokaw Road
43800 Osgood Road
1077 East Arques Avenue
The Maker Shed kiosks, designed and built with locally-sourced reuse materials, just popped up in Fry’s stores in San Jose, Fremont, Sunnyvale and San Diego this week.
The San Francisco based company, Cornfield Electronics is very happy to share in this expansion of the Maker Shed’s exposure and availability to a wider consumer audience. The TripGlasses™ will now be available alongside other fantastic electronics kits, magazines and books from MAKE Magazine’s signature store.
The TripGlasses™ are a light and sound machine that induces brainwaves to synchronize with the sequence of meditation (a process known as “entraining”). In a state of tranquil meditation, many users experience visual hallucinations of unique patterns and vibrant colors. The do-it-yourself version of the Trip Glasses™ is one of the most popular projects published in MAKE Magazine (Volume 10) and available through the Maker Shed.
Wonderful gifts for curiosity seekers, crafters, budding scientists and makers of all ages are now available at select California Fry’s stores. Let’s get making!