Posts Tagged ‘land’

The 2007 “Stanyan Street Commons,” a Community Garden near USF, is Now Lost to History

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Back in the late aughts Victory Gardens were all over the place, remember? Let’s look back to that time in aught-seven when “guerrilla gardeners” took over the land in front of some lady’s apartment complex at Fulton and Stanyan and just started gardening.

It was beautiful vandalism, man. The venture had lots of support from the City and NGOs, that’s for sure. But things didn’t work out.

Here’s how it looked back in 2007…

Via IndyBay, image reversed for your pleasure

…and here’s how it looked in the summer of 2010, during what should have been the start of harvest, harvest time. Weepin’ time, reapin’ time, harvest, harvest time:

And now the transformation is complete. Here’s the scene in 2014 – the former garden is now a fully-paved parking lot:

And now you know the rest of the story…

The 2007 “Stanyan Street Commons,” a Community Garden near USF, Now Looks Like a Putting Green – Hurray?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Ah mem’ries. Leave us travel back to the aughts, back when you could plant your veggies on Someone Else’s Land and get away with it for a while…

Here’s the background, and there’s an update from 2011 at the bottom:

Remember back in the day, back in the late-oughts when Victory Gardens ‘n stuff were all over the place?

Well, you can relive that era right now by clicking on all the links that describe that time in ought-seven when “guerrilla gardeners” took over the land in front of some lady’s apartment complex at Fulton and Stanyan and just started gardening.

Remember, man? It was beautiful vandalism, man. This joint had lots of support from the City and NGOs, that’s for sure. But things didn’t work out.

Here’s how it looked back then in 2007…

Via IndyBay, image reversed for your pleasure

…and here’s how it looks these days in the summer of 2010, during what should be the start of harvest harvest time.

Weepin’ time, reapin’ time, harvest harvest time:

Oh well.

Sic transit gloria mundi

Oh, and here it is these days in 2011 – it’s the roughest, most-tilted putting green ever:

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Thanks for walking down memory lane with me…

 

The Presidio’s Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates the 55th Anniversary of Disneyland

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Our Walt Disney Family Museum just celebrated the 55th Anniversary of the opening of Disneyland, from way back in July 1955. To mark the occasion they held a three-day star-studded extravaganza up in the Presidio.  

Yes, the Disney Family Museum is in the northern part of San Francisco. Check it: FaceBook / YouTube / Twitter / WDFM Blog

Anyway, the place was awash with rabid Disney fans, with some of them talking about their memories of Opening Day despite the fact that they didn’t look older than 55.

So, just what you’d expect, an extensive recap from a fan, here it is at Jim Hill Media.

And here’s a list of the speakers:

Diane Disney Miller - daughter of Walt Disney
Tony Baxter – current SR VP of Creative Development for Disneyland
Jack Lindquist – former President of Disneyland
Dick Nunis – Disney Legend and former Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions
Matt Ouimet – former President of Disneyland Resort
Buzz Price – Economist who helped Walt Disney find original site of Disneyland
Craig Russell- Current Chief Design and Project Delivery Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
Marty Sklar- Disney Legend and former Vice Chair of Imagineering
Bruce Vaughn- Current Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

This was the first day, down in the multi-hued movie theatre that you can rent out parties, I think. This was the Founding Members Only discussion with Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller,  Disney Legend Buzz Price, and Disney historians and authors Katherine and Richard Greene as they discuss Walt’s idea, concept, and how Disneyland became a reality:

Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

Former Disneyland executives Jack Lindquist and Matt Ouimet were joined by Senior Vice-President of Creative Development for Disneyland Tony Baxter as they discussed the development of Disneyland, its impact on America, and Walt’s legacy with former Vice Chair of Imagineering Marty Sklar:

Left to Right – Tony Baxter, Jack Lindquist, Matt Ouimet and moderator Marty Sklar. Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney Legends Dick Nunis and Marty Sklar, along with Craig Russell and Bruce Vaughn , currently executives with Walt Disney Imagineering, explored how Walt Disney’s new concept in family entertainment was a catalyst for parks around the world:

Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

How will they top this in 2015 during the Diamond Jubilee of Disneyland?

Bon Courage, WDFM!

The 2007 “Stanyan Street Commons,” a Community Garden near USF, is Now Lost to History

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Remember back in the day, back in the late-oughts when Victory Gardens ‘n stuff were all over the place?

Well, you can relive that era right now by clicking on all the links that describe that time in ought-seven when “guerrilla gardeners” took over the land in front of some lady’s apartment complex at Fulton and Stanyan and just started gardening.

Remember, man? It was beautiful vandalism, man. This joint had lots of support from the City and NGOs, that’s for sure. But things didn’t work out.

Here’s how it looked back then in 2007…

Via IndyBay, image reversed for your pleasure

…and here’s how it looks these days in the summer of 2010, during what should be the start of harvest harvest time.

Weepin’ time reapin’ time harvest harvest time:

Oh well.

Sic transit gloria mundi

Banksy vs. Native Americans – Who has the Better Graffiti on Alcatraz Island?

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

First up is this effort from four decades ago. It’s from the basement of the Citadel, which is ‘neath the place where all the tourists go these days. Anyway, we know for sure these scribblings were put up around 1969-1971, the time when Native Americans famously took over Alcatraz.

“Custer was White,” dice, and “Indian Land.” See?  

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Compare that to the new Banksy recently discovered by Patric Fallon over at the Uptown Almanac.

This one is Too Close To Call.