By Annie Sciacca : eastbaytimes – excerpt (includes video)
While new restaurants have further solidified the Bay Area as a foodie destination in recent years, many others have succumbed to a perfect storm of economic challenges that shows no sign of abating.
“We’re at this precipice where the model of the full-service restaurant is being pushed to the brink,” said Gwyneth Borden, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association… (more)
This article pretty well sums it up. The new economic model does not support a robust food culture in America or many other artistic or creative endeavors. The constant disruptions of construction and noise are sucking up all the air and money anyway. Watch for the return of speakeasies and other underground forms of entertainment. If you can’t cook it is almost cheaper to have a personal chef come to you and cook your mean than eating out these days.
Can Prop X and Calle 24 save the arts and culture in San Francisco? The voters clearly want to preserve the culture, but the money behind the destruction is overwhelming efforts. There is a major shift in artistic expression as logos and product hype is popping up everywhere.
If the “entertainment” at the Warriors ground-breaking ceremony are any indication of where public taste is headed we don’t need to defund arts and education grants programs to change the aesthetics of our society. We have already done that. Whether or not Melania really plans to sell her jewelry out of the White House, art in America has lost its heart.