February 16, 2017
by thump.vice – excerpt
There may be no summer lovin’ in San Francisco this year.
A permit for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the city’s historic Summer of Love—during which thousands of young people (commonly called “hippies” and “flower children”) gathered in the Haight-Ashbury district in 1967 for what would become known as a major counterculture movement—was denied last week by the San Francisco parks and recreation department, reports The Guardian.
In their letter to event organizer Boots Hughston, they reportedly cited safety concerns, adding, “We cannot put the public at risk.”
The party, initially set to take place June 4 at Polo Field in Golden Gate Park, was proposed as a free, day-long concert. Artists supposedly confirmed to perform included Eric Burdon and War, Country Joe McDonald, Santana Blues Band’s original rhythm section, and the remaining members of Jefferson Airplane, who performed at the original gathering in 1967.
Hughston, who successfully organized the Summer of Love’s 40th anniversary celebration at Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadows with McDonald, Moby Grape, Taj Mahal, and more, said he plans to appeal the denial. An online petition has also acquired more than 1,500 signatures… (more)
Please sign and pass this along if you want to see the Summer of Love FREE concert tradition upheld and the true meaning of love remembered in the city where such sentiments are fading fast, becoming a relic of the past, as the rush for gold comes roaring back into the 21st Century.
January 29, 2017
By Cultural Action Network
A flood of money, restaurants, housing, and office/tech projects is trying to push its way onto Mission St, most of it on N Mission St from 11th to 16th. For the first time ever SOMA will link up with Mission St and foot traffic will flow down from the north.
There are 21 projects of concern from 11th to 25th St. See attached map. It doesn’t look like Mission St, already struggling to hold on after hits from
the outflow of the Latino community, the internet, and the SFMTA red lanes
disaster, will withstand half of this influx of upscale people and the shop
turnover pressure that is already under way.
USM is opposed to these projects, and in particular has taken votes against the
Armory (50k office – to become a subsidized arts, PDR, maker space), the Impact
Tech Hub (25k, 500+ tech workers daily), and the Monster in the Mission (500+
We have spoken to city officials about the idea of subsidizing an Armory
conversion and Sharon is trying to set up a meeting with SFMade. First action proposed so far is a Feb picketing of the tech hub which has begun
its conversion at 15th and Mission. SF Public Press has written a letter of
support for them strangely, does anyone know them?
Please share your thoughts and standby for calls to action.
To clarify, our proposal to the city is to make the Armory a subsidized arts
and maker space.
Don’t forget about the plan to gentrify 16th Street and link it to the mess at General Hospital. The plan appears to be to circle the Mission with large development projects and crush it from the North, East, and West. All we can do is warn people what is coming it is up to them to act on the knowledge.
We need to clear up our use of vocabulary if we want to communicate with the rest of the country. Makers are manufacturers if they create physical products and ship them. That is the traditional term for what makers do. We need to get back to basics and quit buying to the use smart tech speak if we want to unite the country. By claiming some industries are smart you insinuate that others are dumb. This is not true and we should avoid all confusing communications.
January 25, 2017
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.
Upward of 60 restaurants around the Bay Area have closed since the start of September alone, with many citing difficulties like the cost of finding and keeping good employees, rising rents, new requirements for providing health care and sick leave, and doing it all while competing with the slew of new dining options.
The restaurant industry has always been among the most competitive and challenging to navigate, and failures are nothing new, but the current struggles have left some wondering if the traditional dining model might be headed for an overhaul.
“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.
January 4, 2017
By Justin Phillips : sfgate – excerpt
2017 has started with another San Francisco mainstay saying goodbye. Restaurant Lulu on Folsom Street has shut down operations after 24 years.
Lulu special events manager Darla Parks told Scoop that the restaurant’s ownership made the decision to close on New Year’s Day, effective immediately. And it came without any type of warning, she said.
“It’s just a sad day,” Parks said.
Hoodline first posted the news after a tipster shared an image of a sign outside the restaurant that thanked customers “for 24 wonderful years.”
Lulu’s might be the most notable early year closure in Bay Area dining. The news just continues a common theme from 2016: older institutions are struggling survive.
When LuLu opened in 1993, the restaurant pioneered family style dining, along with many other trends, from the signature iron-skillet roasted mussels to communal seating to the South of Market location. In 1993, Examiner critic Jim Wood described the ground-breaking nature of the restaurant: “But it’s the food that’s a shock: a new, original style. There’s nothing like it in San Francisco. ”
“When it opened, the location at Folsom and Fourth streets seemed like a detriment, but the concept was so exciting,” wrote Chronicle critic Michael Bauer in a 2014 review. “I can’t think of another restaurant that better created and foreshadowed the trends we see now.”… (more)
Being on the edge of the construction zone on 4th Street can’t be that much fun.
December 29, 2016
By Justin Phillips : sfchronicle – excerpt
Lori’s Diner, the popular San Francisco spot known for cheap food and vintage decor, is closing its original location at 336 Mason St., where it opened three decades ago. Its ’60s-era aesthetics of vintage cars, pinball machines and bright red booths, along with American diner fare, made the place a San Francisco staple. Its last day will be Monday…
November 28, 2016
By John King : sfchronicle – excerpt
High above the entrance to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville, off a twisting road and through a gate that’s usually locked, stand Pond Farm’s two old houses and a stark wooden barn.
Between the barn and one decrepit house, long empty, there’s also a moss-blotted boulder topped by a formal bronze plaque: a memorial that reads in part “Marguerite Wildenhain … Artist, potter, friend.”
The plaque hints at a slice of Northern California cultural history, in which a short-lived artist colony left behind a determined ceramicist who shaped a legacy of her own in the decades that followed.
It’s the sort of place that until recently would have been torn down, consigned to memories. Instead, it’s a freshly preserved marker of how our region has and hasn’t changed — and how preservation itself is being redefined…(more)
Pond Farm – Saving Historic Places
August 24, 2016
By Nicole Karlis : thebolditalic – excerpt
Five years ago, when I was working in publishing in New York City, I became captivated by an article about the women who were shaping the San Francisco start-up scene. Their job titles were as diverse and exciting as the companies they worked for. Some spent their weeks traveling for work, while others spent days solving interesting problems that no one had ever solved before. The women in these start-ups were coming together to execute the unlikeliest of ideas and truly exhibiting the definition of innovation. Start-ups and apps were popping up all over, most of them — at the time — changing industries for the greater good…
Everyone wants to work for the next start-up that gets acquired by a big tech company. I’d be lying if I said that that wasn’t a big part of it why I was attracted to it. But it was also the feeling I got from creating something new — the opportunity to be myself and let my creativity shine in a professional work environment. It doesn’t seem like that’s an option anymore. Besides that, more companies are creating products without a thoughtful sense of purpose.
We are trying to solve problems with the touch of a screen, which only isolates us further from each other. What we should be doing is thinking of ways to bring each other together.
How about instead of spending millions of dollars to start another food-delivery app, we put that money toward finding a more efficient way to feed the hungry? Instead of creating another type of software that curates content for people who “don’t have time to read,” why not find ways to help impoverished children learn how to read? Innovation is slowly dying in tech because everyone is copying each other and focused on “being in tech,” but the industry is still full of incredibly intelligent and talented people.
Imagine what would happen if we redirected that intelligence and talent? If you make a lot of money in the long run, great — if not, at least you tried to make a positive impact on the world, rather than destroy it with useless distractions. Because that’s exactly what more of these apps and products of start-ups and tech are becoming: distractions. We are trying to solve problems with the touch of a screen, which only isolates us further from each other. What we should be doing is thinking of ways to bring each other together…
What used to be an industry that prided itself on being unique and different has just become another commercialized scene filled with people who are there for the wrong reasons. And that’s why I left. In the long-run, tech didn’t end up being much different from the industries they vowed not to become…(more)