David Prowler just returned from a trip to Japan. He wrote about his impressions, accompanied by photos, in his blog. As those of you have previously read David’s musings know, he is a keen observer who notices things that many of us don’t. His writing is always enjoyable and informative. This post, originally published as […]
Celebrated for its openness, San Francisco has a hard time with change.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Don-t-let-fear-get-in-the-way-of-solutions-6710633.php?t=04834990d2&cmpid=fb-premium […] sometimes it’s hard to match the mood of anger and fear to the scale of the real effects on residents or to match the proposed solutions to the real issues, which makes me think that there are subtexts and currents below the surface.
On a short walk in my neighborhood this morning, I must have passed hundreds of poles: Light poles, utility poles, sign poles. They do their jobs of holding up stuff but I noticed that they can do a lot more. Here in just a few blocks, some upgrades:
The street I live on is only two blocks long, lined with Victorian houses. It’s in about the geographic center of San Francisco, There are street trees and front yards (unusual for San Francisco) and in the spring it smells of Jasmine. The neighbors are a mix of old-timers and gentry, gay and not, with […]
You can tell a lot about a place by its layout. How the streets are arranged tells the history of a city. Stories of slow growth of cramped medieval forts to booming modern cities. Or from farmland or prairie to grid. There are the medieval European cities with their high walls and twisty narrow […]
The study “Nonprofits at Risk: The Space and Occupancy Crisis Facing San Francisco’s Nonprofit Community,” by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services found that 58% of sites rented by nonprofits are at risk of displacement within the next 15 months. 65% of nonprofits that don’t provide direct services are thinking of leaving the City. From the study, this […]
http://davidprowler.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/tell-me-a-building/ “The book will kill the building”. That’s what a character says in Notre Dame de Paris (better known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame). It takes place in medieval France and he is talking about how p…
Walking home from a class at the San Francisco Zen Center, I noticed this billboard. And then