Work with me here, people.
Insight #1: Underground can be used as a verb. As in:
“San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities”
The name of this NIMBYhood group looked like a typo to me here. This Coalition to Underground Utilities is a really stupid name for various reasons, IMO.
Insight #2: Supervisor Mark Farrell might look like a doofus, but he’s not.
Of course he owes his narrow election victory to a man named Coates. So if Coates wants something done up here in San Francisco* but it doesn’t increase our commonweal, well, that’s what we’d call a conflict of interest (or everyday politics, take your pick.) Anyway, as District 2 Supervisor, he’s well north of his scionic predecessors, but he’ll be sure to tow the party line (the right of the aisle party line) whether it makes sense or not.
Insight #3: Farrell views these Russian Hill cable-burying aesthetic fetishists just as I do.
Here we go, from “Report of Meeting with Supervisors Farrell and Chiu”
“Supervisor Farrell is also looking for ways to pitch it beyond aesthetics.”
Oh really! There just might be something more important out in the world than the aesthetic imperatives of a handful of Russian Hill millionaires who want to give the 415 a makeover and who want to tax every San Francisco renter $50 a year for the “benefit?”
So I suppose we’ll soon hear about the important safety benefits of doing whatever it is these aestheticians can dream up?
But IRL, Wires are Life. Wires connect people and move people cheaply and safely. Wires are beautiful, man.
Click to expand, if you can bear it.
*IDK, like the America’s Cup fiasco? Remember, Coates Likes Boats.