And that rule is that Parking Control Officers won’t give you a ticket for parking on a sidewalk so long as its street sweeping time, so, you know, the SFMTA is “making money” well enough already, thank you very much.
That’s life in the big city…
The white truck on the left is parked on the sidewalk. The SFMTA “knows” this because a dozen SFMTA-employed eyeballs have just passed by to see it. Yet, it didn’t get ticketed.
OTOH, the white car on the far right _did_ get a ticket, you can see it, for blocking a street sweeper on street sweeping day
These practices have developed over the years – they’re a culture.
If you ask somebody from the SFMTA about this sitch, they’d be all, well, call it in and we’ll come out and give it a ticket. (When SFGov doesn’t have the will to enforce its own rules, it says the whole process is “complaint driven.”)
Anyway, this is the culture, not that you’d find it officially documented anywhere…
If you use the term moderate, then that implies the opposition is immoderate, right?
So, imagine an aisle. Some are on the left of it and some are on the right of it and some have moved from left to right and some have moved from right to left and some camp out in the middle of the aisle blocking the exits.
In San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Guardian is on the left side of that aisle and San Francisco Magazine is on the right.
Keep that in mind as you peruse:
The Eviction Crisis That Wasn’t – Why carping about the Ellis Act won’t solve San Francisco’s housing problem by Scott Lucas, January 20, 2014
Ellis Act: So There Isn’t an “Eviction Crisis.” So What? by Joe Eskenazi, Mon., Jan. 20 2014
Debunking SF Mag’s Ellis Act apologist article, point by point by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, 01.20.14
A purposefully-distorted version of an already-stylized image, soon coming to an Asian American Studies curriculum near you, no doubt:
Physical graffiti, the worst kind:
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And please remember, “Use your key now 6/13/12″
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The newly-arrived Twitter people are already calling this place “Hotel Chasing the Dragon.”
“Chasing the dragon” (a slang phrase of Cantonese origin from Hong Kong, Traditional Chinese: 追龍, Simplified Chinese: 追龙, Cantonese Jyutping: zeoi1 lung4, pinyin: zhuī lóng) refers to inhaling the vapor from heated morphine, heroin, oxycodone or opium that has been placed on a piece of foil. The ‘chasing’ occurs as the user gingerly keeps the liquid moving in order to keep it from coalescing into a single, unmanageable mass. Another more metaphorical use of the term “chasing the dragon” refers to the elusive pursuit of the ultimate high in the usage of some particular drug.”
The SF Weekly‘s Editor from 1997 to 2005 starts off with news of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies changing its name to the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and then he offers thoughts.
“Much of what had been staples in the bag of alt-weekly editorial tricks — event listings, music coverage, restaurant reviewing, smart-aleck attitude, general (though not universal) leftyism — was also undermined, coopted, replicated, done better or made obsolete by the rise of a host of online competitors, from the lightly staffed city observer sites (SFist, Gothamist, etc.) to Yelp to Gawker and on and on and on. In the lingo of the trade, the alt-weekly was unbundled, disaggregated, knee-capped by the kind of entrepreneurial twentysomethings the founders of many an alt-weekly had been, once upon a time, back in the historical mists of the 1970s.”
Yep, pretty much.
Read the whole thing, if you want.
Now, what I used to call the organ, that thing you sit at and play, they call the “console.”
This is the organ itself, taking up most of the attic.
To the right is the dome that you can see from the main lobby – it appears to be made of something solid, but it’s made of thin fabric to let the sound go downstairs:
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And here’s just part of the organ proper – see the people down there?
Big big big.
And here’s what else is going on these days at the Legion:
“Ever since Beth and I met, we’ve talked about doing a joint project. Well, years later, here’s the first episode of our newest endeavor: Necessary Conversation. Anyway, we’ll be putting out one of these a week. Hope you like it! (Oh, and we’ll have a dedicated NC website as soon as I figure out how to transfer the files.)”
Vimeo never looked so good:
Take a look why not?
This is it – years of competition betwixt the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly will culminate at a free-for-all tomorrow morning in the Thunderdome that is the recording studio of KQED-FM.
It’s on – Friday, Friday, Friday!
UPDATE: On It Goes…