Friday, June 10, 2005

Beginnings and Endings and Beginnings Pt. 1

It's been a big project month in Hayes Valley.

See the city thought it would be great to have and installation by well-known recycled material artist/architect David Best in the new Hayes Green. The opening of the installation was supposed to coincide with several other events, as part of a wrap-up to world environment week.

So someone down a city planning got it in their head that it would be really cool to open the Green, open the Temple, Celebrate the WEW, and have a bunch of people along with mayors from around the world come together for a moment for a free breakfast! Great idea right?

Well, about the only thing that went well was the completion of the Temple. Quickly, some shots.

The "breakfast" however was a total bomb. The promised pancakes? Not there. Some of the BBCC boys wandered up the street to check the scene and although everyone was lined up, the best you could get was a nasty airline breakfast croissant and a cup of coffee from an urn from a local coffee provider. Yuck. And then, where were the mayors? Saw some people in suits but...

And since they had scrambled to finish the green anyway, none of the sod was completely down. The real disappointment though was, as one customer put it, the "southern Californians in the City Government" thought it a great idea to plant palm trees. Why palms? Are they native? Do they look good in fog? Perhaps their trying to create that shopping district appeal. Damn it, leave that stuff in the Marina.

And then as soon as the event was over, they closed the park again! Stupid PR stunt.

There are stupid palm trees though
No, there aren't any pancakes.

But on the bright side, it's going to be really cool to have the Green at the end of the alley and the Temple and the people who put it together are wonderful. Thanks guys. Do you do palm removal?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right. Thems some sadass palms. But the temple is awesome. When they gonna burn it down?

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot on about the Green! Nothing screams 'Glendale strip-mall parking lot' like an ill-concieved cluster of sickly palms. If I was a betting man, I'd give them six months, tops, before they're off to that big oasis in the sky.

7:06 PM  

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