Posts Tagged ‘Vaillancourt Fountain’

When Oh When Will San Francisco Be Rid of Vaillancourt Fountain? It Riffs Off a Freeway That’s No Longer There

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Vaillancourt Fountain was a comment on its former neighbor, the Embarcadero Freeway. But the freeway is all gone, so why are we still stuck with the fountain?

Remember when SFGov shut down this fountain back in 2000 to save on operating costs?

Why not let’s do that again?

Via Tobi Harriman:

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(Hey man, nice shot!)

Or better yet, let’s just take this whole thing down.

Intensities in Tent Cities: OccupySF Daycamp Comes to Sue Bierman Park – SFPD Watches Tents Go Up and then Come Down

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

This was the scene last night in Sue Bierman Park just north of Justin Herman Plaza. Can you see all the tents?

People were marching in support of Bradley Manning, but just after 5:00 PM or so the Occupy tents started going up.

Then the 8:00 PM closing time for the park came along so the tents started coming down. (San Francisco officials want to make sure they don’t “pull a Quan,” of course.)

SFPD, Ferry Building, tents, Parrot Tree, Sue Bierman Park, Bay Bridge, Vaillancourt Fountain:

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FREE WIKILEAKS WHISTLEBLOWER BRADLEY MANNING

* END WALL STREETS WARS

* HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 3 MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF OCCUPY!

* 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TUNISIAN FRUIT VENDOR MOHAMED BOUAZIZI SET HIMSELF ON FIRE IN A PUBLIC SQUARE, SPARKING ARAB SPRING, SPARKING THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT

* NATIONAL RE-OCCUPATION DAY

MARCH & RALLY

SAT DEC 17, 3PM

BRADLEY MANNING (JUSTIN HERMAN) PLAZA

Market and Steuart. Foot of Market St, near Embarcadero BART, SF”

Is It Really Worth $1000 a Day to Pump the Water of Vaillancourt Fountain?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

What makes the water in Vaillancourt Fountain (aka Québec libre !), that boxy water sculpture down in Justin Herman Plaza, go? Natural gas, most likely. All that methane energy gets converted into electricity and that’s what powers the pumps.

Of course it costs money – a quarter million per year back in aught-four, back when ‘lectricity was cheaper. So is it a reasonable guess that the bill is substantially higher these days?

Here it is, at its most beautiful, as captured by the talented David Yu:

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What is this thing, a monument to graffiti?

What does it say to you, “Canada out of Québec,” or something?

Is this thing destined to burn money and take up space in perpetuity, all because some people, some people lost to history, made a bad (or good, You Make The Call) decision four decades ago?