Here you go – “CAR-FREE,” as seen at the western end of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park:
Is being without a car a good thing? IDK. The neutral approach would be something like NO CARS, or NO CAR DAY or NO CARS DAY. We should think about a befuddled foreigner in a rental car – what should be our message to him/her? Here’s how other cities do it, you know, in a politics-free manner:
See how that works? Yeah, JFK is a road through GGP, and yeah, people have been driving cars on it for well-nigh more than a century, but today is different. Today, this particular day, cars are banned. It’s NO CARS DAY. That’s the message you want to send, IMO. How about instructing these poor souls to USE FULTON OR LINCOLN instead? I mean we know they want to go west, so why not ease their befuddlement? Moving on…
To this – “CAR SHARE.” Did you know that “the sharing economy isn’t about sharing at all?” Let’s check the Harvard Business Review:
“When ‘sharing’ is market-mediated — when a company is an intermediary between consumers who don’t know each other — it is no longer sharing at all.”
So “car share” should be rental car or rent-a-car or car hire or something like that. Just anything but this:
Now why should SFGov favor one rental car company over another, why it should actively be promoting the so-called “sharing economy” is a mystery to me, but oh well.
Oh, here’s something, from Gerry Shih of Reuters:
“Conway and Lee have an exceptionally close relationship.”
That’s appointed Mayor Ed Lee and longtime Republican Ron Conway.
Perhaps whoever ordered these stencils was trying to please Ron Conway…