Hey look, it’s Bluoz covering the Mid-Market, as per usual:
And here’s the party out back:
And here’s the shooting gallery in the same doorway – the “ZenDesk junkies”
And that’s your 24 hours of ZenDesk.
Here you go, writer CW Nevius becomes a guide for your ride through the gritty 6th and Market area – he’s been in Pentonville and he’s been in Battersea, he’s your Sightsee M.C:
1. If this is about the good, the not bad and the ugly of CW Nevius, let’s start with the Good. Check out these quotes:
“In the sunshine and rainbows world of Mayor Ed Lee…”
“…much-promised revitalization of Mid-Market.”
These are very un-Nevius. Could you imaging mayoral spokesmodel Christine Falvey ever taking this kind of tone when discussing our Dear Leader? I can’t. So this column is the rare instance of the Nevius holding a perspective from outside our reigning political establishment. These lines are in no way beat sweeteners / source greasers and that’s refreshing.
2. Instead of Nevius getting quotes from people in the Mid-Market and then holding those statements out as facts, here he generally lets the quotes speak for themselves. This is what reporters should be doing, so let’s classify that as Not Bad.
3. Now, it’s time for a little Ugly. Here comes the dogmatic Nevius with completely unsupported statements:
“It’s a fascinating moment in Mid-Market. We’re either reaching a critical tipping point, with new construction and businesses driving the revival, or smacking futilely into the familiar dynamic of poverty, drugs and scary sidewalk theater.”
“Because Mid-Market won’t change until the corner of Jones and Market changes.”
So, what makes 2014 different from 2013 or 2011 or 2007 or 1999 or any other year in the history of Mid-Market? That’s not stated. And where’s the support for the purported Malcolm Gladwell-esque “tipping point?” It’s like Chuck is sitting in a bar pontificating about how if the Giants hire some new pitcher they’ll either win the World Series or they’ll have the worst record in the Division. Doesn’t really make sense, huh? Perhaps, just perhaps, Mid-Market might just muddle through with some changes here and there and later on 2014 wont be seen as some watershed moment? Well, that probability simply isn’t allowed for in Nevius-land.
And what makes Market and Jones the supposed linchpin intersection out of all the others in the area? Again, the Neve doesn’t even offer a theory.
That’s the good, the not bad, and the ugly of CW Nevius on the topic of the Mid-Market of 2014.
There is new signage on the building proudly proclaiming that “AVA is Now in a Relationship with Mid-Market,” and my first thought was, “Be careful to avoid the meth heads and chronic alcoholics in your new relationship, AVA. They will always be a disappointment.”
Photo via the San Francisco Civic Center Blog:
expand form a relationship with Mid-Market
(First NeMa and now this.)
Check it, “Reviews that mention ‘SKETCHY’ in San Francisco”
Click to expand
(Now of course there are plenty of other places in town that could similarly be considered “sketchy” by the Yelpers, except the Yelpers would never have a reason to go there.)
Now let’s take a look at these blips on San Francisco’s CT scan:
North Beach – Stay off of Broadway and out of its strip clubs and you should do fine. The epicenter is Kearney and Broadway.
The Tenderloin – This is the big one. AKA the Uptown Tenderloin, per some Berkeley residents. AKA the Twitterloin. AKA the 6th Street Corridor. AKA Downtown. AKA Civic Center. AKA New Market / NeMA. AKA Central Market. AKA Mid-Market. AKA the ‘Loin. The epicenter is Turk and Taylor.
The Fillmore – AKA the Western Addition. The epicenter is the Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits in the Safeway mall.
NoPA – AKA North of Panhandle Area. AKA Northeast of the Panhandle Area. AKA the Divisadero Corridor. AKA DivCo. AKA the Western Addition. The epicenter is the Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits at Hayes, I suppose, but the drug dealers who hang out at McAllister and Divis might disagree.
Lower Haight – AKA Lower Fillmore. The epicenter is Haight and Webster.
16th and Mission – The epicenter is the BART Station.
24th and Mission – The epicenter is the BART Station.
30th and Mission – The epicenter is where they want to build a new BART Station.
The Lower Third – NB: The cross-streets are alphabetized, more or less. The epicenter is Oakdale and Third
END OF LINE.
Here it is, writer Sarah Tilton’s latest in the Wall Street Journal:
And here’s a Dewar’s Profile of a NeMa Building resident who doesn’t seem embarrassed to live there.
Kicking it on the rooftop with a nice mug of Smitten Brand Ice Cream no doubt:
Click to expand
You could film a James Bond movie up on top of the tower cranes of San Fran these days.
Click to expand
I bet you could totally make that jump.
Now I’ll tell you, I have no idea as to why a building literally made in San Francisco would market itself as being “MADE IN SAN FRANCISCO.”
And yet, that’s what we have now with NeMa, the “New Market” building.
Can somebody explain what AMENITIES, NOT ENEMIES means? What’s the relationship between these two things? Do they somehow comprise, you know, a dramaturgical dyad and I just don’t get it?
Now, let’s hear how real San Franciscans are reacting to slogans such as “TECH SAVVY, NOT SHABBY”
On It Goes…
Here’s the recent effort from CW Nevius, who famously has The Easiest Job In Town:
And here’s the rejoinder, from one Mark Ellinger:
Here it is, in the Twitterloin.
Click to expand
Now let’s see some reviews:
This was the strangest “museum” I’ve ever been to. And really, it’s worth a visit if you go on a free day. As other reviewers have mentioned, it should really be categorized as a gallery because most of the pieces are done by one man. The placards are hilarious. Instead of saying “Tiger in bamboo – Oil on canvas – 1993″, it will say something like “The Master has expertly crafted this piece and is the best work to have ever captured the grace of this animal. His Holiness has magnificent talent….”. It’s like a paragraph about how great he is without any mention of the materials used. I have some suggestions to make this place better. 1) call the upper floors a gallery 2) turn the ground floor forest/fireplace area into a bar 3) let people climb in the tree house.
Actual artist’s note: “The external appearance of this stone is too beautiful to be absorbed all at once … In creating this wondrous art form, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has opened an entirely new epoch in the history of art in the world.” This whole shoddy enterprise seems to be one giant vanity project by a self-styled “spiritual” guru. If you do trail around this vast collection of mediocre pastiche, then at least embrace the comedy value and read the item descriptions. But make sure you don’t get waylaid by one of the dead-eyed volunteers who will ask you to describe your experience. The whiff of the cult is strong in this one.