Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’

USF is Wrong, There IS a Moral Compass App – It’s This: Vote the Opposite of How SPUR Tells You to Vote

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

You see, my new moral compass app will crawl through the website of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) to find out its election endorsements. Then it will advise you to vote the opposite.

So, in regards to the the recent Prop A, SPUR told you to vote against ending San Francisco’s archaic and wasteful garbage monopoly.

And on the recent Prop B. SPUR told you to vote for the RPD.

My moral compass app would have advised you to favor both props. See how that works?

D’Accord? D’Accord.

Hey SPUR! Maybe everything our City Family wants isn’t “good?”

Hey SPUR! Maybe you have nothing at all to do with promoting “Good Government.” Maybe you just like promoting the government we have.

How wrong you are, University of San Francisco bus ad:

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All right, what aboot the next election coming up, mmmm. Hey SPUR? Why not let’s fix the mistake our City Family forefathers made with Hetch Hetchy? How does that grab you?

Oh, here’s the answer:

Why We Need Hetch Hetchy More Than Ever

 Now, realize, SPUR, I’m not saying that it would be easy or cheap for San Francisco to change things at the Hetchy Hetch, I’m just saying, you know, maybe, at least as a goal for the far off future, maybe we could think about taking a look at what we did to the Yosemite area. Yes, we were able to bully other municipalities a century ago, but was that fair? You know, cause the New York Times and the Sacramento Bee and the LA Times and a bunch of others favor looking into changing things at Hetch Hetchy, right?

So don’t you want to think about this? You know, use your own in-built moral compass?

God damn, SPUR, you don’t have any moral compass at all.

Who the Hell put you in charge of Good Government in the 415?

Oh well.

In closing:

SPUR, you suck!

Anyway, here’s some more on Hetch Hetchy, Dear Reader. Leaving you with this:

Drain the Dam!
San Francisco Examiner
February 16, 2012

Will San Francisco Vote to Drain Hetch Hetchy?
Sacramento Bee
February 15, 2012

San Francisco Water Ethos Goes Only so Far
Sacramento Bee
January 25, 2012

Los Angeles Times – Editorial on Hetch Hetchy
Los Angeles Times
January 15,2012

Historical New York Times Articles:

3D Model Shows Just How Dwarfed San Francisco’s Ferry Building Has Become

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

You can see it all in this photo of San Francisco’s Financial District and SoMA. Just how many structures rise above the Ferry Building these days?

It used to be the tallest in the City, back in the day.

See it, in the foreground at the foot of Market Street, in this model you can find at the SPUR Urban Center on Mission?

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Sic Transit Gloria Urbis

Marincello – The City of 30,000 That Almost Got Built Next to Golden Gate Bridge

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Marincello is the City That Never Was.

“Marincello was a failed development project in Marin County, California that would have put a metropolis full of homes, apartments, and hotels in a planned community atop the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Golden Gate. Its upheaval set the precedent for Marin County’s rigid anti-development stance and push for open space.”

See lots of large posters like this at SPUR’s new Urban Center at 654 Mission in the SoMA.

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It would have been like another Sausalito:

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Getting water might have been a problem.

Oh well.

Hey San Francisco: “What Would You Do If You Were Mayor For A Day?”

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Take a look at what SPUR went and did at their new Urban Center on Mission Street the other day – they asked the public “What Would You Do If You Were Mayor For A Day?”

Did that bring out the haters? You Make The Call: 

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Oh, sorry, here’s the bigger version. Feel free to click on it. Some responses are quite clever.

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SPUR Urban Center Grand Opening on Mission in the SoMA

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, has a new clubhouse at 654 Mission betwixt Second and Willie Brown Way. Let’s check out your new Urban Center.

These orange letters have become icons already. (Or red, some people think these letters are actually red, but as always, You Make The Call. The light, she can play tricks on you sometimes, you know.)

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The Freeway Revolt appears to be alive and well what with the  James Lick petering out in the SoMA near the Flank in this 3D model. See how it comes in from the right and just stops all of a sudden – does SPUR know something we don’t? Will drivers coming up from the south need to take the John F. Foran past Dogpatch to get to the Bay Bridge? (And when oh when will a Boulevard Revolt come to Octavia and take away that Revolting Boulevard? Moving on.)

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Inside, free Urbanist buttons for the kids.

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Also inside are old maps and plans all kinds of stuff to look at.

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By now, I’m sure you’re itching to take a tour. Well have at, courtesy of CurbedSF.com.

See you there!