Posts Tagged ‘victory garden’

Remembering the Great Lawn of San Francisco’s Civic Center – Lost Due to the Victory Garden Fad

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

You remember this, the Great Lawn of Civic Center? It got uprooted for a “Victory Garden” (victory over whom, well, our enemies, how about that?) a few years back.

So nowadays, when they hold the annual anime costume contest in April, the players get extra hot due to the gravel and whatnot they’ve got there now. (But the anime kids would rather pass out than take off the head-parts of their getups, you know, to breath and whatnot.)

Perspective control, analog style, using an old-school 24mm tilt-shift lens. These days, you can use Photoshop when you want to make parallel lines parallel, as here, more or less. Don’t try this with your iPhone:

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Thanks for traveling back in time a half-decade with Old Grandpa Citizen…

CatBus and my friend Totoro were smiling on the outside but heat stroking on the inside:

And then this penguin started acting strangely all of a sudden, David Lee Roth Loco Del Calor-style:

And the poor shutterbugs, they too feel the heat since the garden’s been gone.

But we’ll get our nice cool lawn back someday…

Introducing the Tenderloin People’s Garden from Your Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Here it is, it’s the Tenderloin People’s Garden at McAllister and Larkin in the Civic Center / Little Saigon / Tenderloin / “Uptown” Tenderloin area.

Check out the basil and tomatoes. It’s like Automatic For The People.

Get all the deets from the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

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America’s Premier Urban Farmer is San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010


Take that, New Yawk.

Eat it, Portland.

Make up your own caption, it’s fun:

via mayorgavinnewsom

This will serve as our Civic Center Victory Garden, it would seem. Right at the well-irrigated and highly humid intersection of McAllister and Larkin.

Best of all, we got this garden just after Los Angeles got theirs.

It’s all brought to you by delicious Kraft Triscuit and Urban Farming.

All the deets, after the jump.


San Francisco’s Victory Garden 2008 is Now in the History Books

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

San Francisco’s Slow Food Nation Victory Garden in Civic Center is finished for 2008.

So, say good-bye to the windmill and the veggies and the exhortation “ALL OUT FOOD PRODUCTION!”

Will the VG be back next year?

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A Christmas Tree Sprouts Up at San Francisco’s Victory Garden

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Well look what just sprouted up betwixt City Hall and our famous Victory Garden in the Civic Center – it’s a “Holiday Tree.” Let’s travel back to Christmas Past to learn the rules:

Public displays of religion, of course, are out. Department bosses can, however, set up “inclusive displays” such as plants, snowflakes or trees – as long as they use nonreligious and nonallergenic decorations. And definitely no stars on top of trees.

Sort of looks naked without the star, but they’re working on it still.

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Enjoy your year-end holidays!


Slow Food Nation Ends, But the Victory Garden Lives On

Monday, September 1st, 2008

The Victory Garden at San Francisco’s Civic Center has a new lease on life due to today’s mayoral reprieve:

Today Mayor Gavin Newsom announced his intention to keep the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden at Civic Center Plaza in place until November. The garden was originally scheduled to be disassembled and moved to a more permanent location on September 21, three weeks after the conclusion of Slow Food Nation.”

Now the whole idea of this garden smacked of Marie Antoinette’s L’Hameau de la Reine from the get-go and the fact it was supposed to be undone in September was met with some criticism, but having this thing around for another three months seems like a good idea.

Of course SFN was well-attended, with lots of coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street JournalSFGate and Eater SF.

Now on with the show.

This voter registerer got cuffed by a Park Ranger right next to the Civic Center Windmill. Some rich hippies took offense and questioned the necessity of this detention. Apparently, the very same man was asked to leave SFN just the day before.

People, people, people, have you no respect for the DPT? Just one Parking Control Officer had the opportunity to issue scores of tickets to those in too much of a hurry to get to Slow Food Nation. It’s as easy as (slow) pie to park for free all day in this area.

See you next year!

The Windmill is Here! Now at Slow Food Nation 08.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Right now it’s just blowing in the wind, but pretty soon this newly-installed windmill will earn its keep at San Francisco’s Slow Food Nation ’08.

Finally, here it is!

“Welcome Pavilions – Jensen Architects
The entryway to Slow Food Nation, the Welcome Pavilions at Fort Mason and Civic Center Plaza will be visible from near and far. Serving as a beacon and a billboard, each Welcome Center will be housed in a re-claimed shipping container painted Slow Food Nation signature orange and topped by a full size, galvanized steel windmill.”

The Victory Garden is coming along nicely and even the skeptics might be getting on board.

See you there!

San Francisco’s Victory Garden Coming Along Nicely

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Things are speeding up at Slow Food Nation ’08 in San Francisco.  After fighting the worm wars, it’s nice to sit back and spend $500 to eat some celebrity chef food under the rotunda of City Hall. It’s the Victory Garden Celebration Dinner on August 24:

District Attorney Kamala Harris, Peter Coyote, Thomas Keller and Alice Waters invite you to celebrate the Victory Garden on Civic Center Plaza. We’ll gather in the garden, share a meal prepared by Chez Panisse, and plant the seeds of victory at San Francisco City Hall.

Or just get a table for $10k and invite a few friends to have some paella, your choice.

Blue corn as high as a elephant’s eye, and it looks like it’s climbing clear up to the sky: 


See you there!

“The Slow Food Nation Victory Garden, planted by a coalition of volunteers including Mayor Gavin Newsom and Alice Waters, is an edible garden on the Civic Center Plaza. Planted on the same site as the post World War II Victory Gardens 60 years ago, the Victory Garden represents the values of sustainability, community and stewardship of the land, while producing high quality food for people in need.”