Thursday, June 26, 2014

George Lucas: "Visionary"?

An example of George Lucas's "vision"

John King's complaint about George Lucas going to Chicago with his junk art collection is that Mayor Lee supposedly didn't try hard enough to keep it here:

The sense of political opportunism extended to the site offered to Lucas on May 29: a parking lot just south of the Bay Bridge that had been part of the proposed Warriors' arena complex. The basketball team shifted its sights to Mission Bay in April and left behind a void. Who better to help fill it than a retired visionary who had been eager at the Presidio to spend $700 million to build and endow a personal museum?

Lucas is a "visionary"? (Not surprising that someone who likes this building would think so.) Lucas is just a guy who made a lot of money making movies for children. He assumed that gave him the right to put a clunky, mall-like building (below) up against the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Funny that King doesn't explain why the Warriors "shifted" their sights to Mission Bay for their new arena.

But King does explain why the Presidio isn't property City Hall can raffle off to billionaires:

The Presidio isn't just a scenic nook within the boundaries of San Francisco. It is part of the National Park Service. It is a National Historic Landmark District. The trust's board is appointed to oversee an American treasure, not a local jobs incubator. And when Lucas was asked by the trust to respond to specific site-related concerns, such as the height, his team responded in barely perceptible ways.

King is still grumbling about how We the Rabble meddled with how City Hall was auctioning off the city's waterfront by passing Proposition B earlier this month:

...whenever there is a desire to raise height limits on land owned by the Port of San Francisco, the city does not need any more finger-pointing. It needs a proactive, long-range bayside plan that balances history and tradition with such 21st century realities as sea level rise and emerging potential of active urban mixed-use waterfronts. If this happens, City Hall won't be stuck hoping that yet another billionaire shows up with yet another big plan for the most stubborn port-owned sites. Rules will be spelled out in advance---and it's a good bet that smart developers will be waiting in line.

With Proposition B, City voters did in fact "spell out in advance" the rules for port-owned sites:

The existing maximum building height limits on the San Francisco waterfront shall be preserved and shall not be increased unless a height limit increase is approved by San Francisco voters.

Even dumb developers can understand that.

Like an I-5 shopping mall

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4 Comments:

At 7:13 PM, Anonymous sfthen said...

The movie premiered at the Coronet Theater on Geary (but was previewed to Marin County schoolkids before the official premier) and ran there so long that someone related how as children being raised by a single mother the movie theater was their weekend daycare.

Mom would drop them off on Saturday morning with some money and pick them back up in the late afternoon. Sometimes the same on Sunday.

Monday they'd go to school and brag about how many times they saw "Star Wars."

"I saw it nine times!" "Well I saw it eleven times!"

Different San Francisco, couldn't do that nowdays.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Yes, Star Wars was/is essentially a kiddie trip, though Lucas also made a movie for teenagers, American Graffiti.

But the notion that he's some kind of genius/visionary reflects the Disneyfication of American culture. Speaking of Disney, the Presidio already has a Disney museum. That should be enough for the kids of all ages, including a lot of chonological adults.

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But the notion that he's some kind of genius/visionary reflects the Disneyfication of American culture."

He literally came up with star wars and you dont call him a visionary LoL

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Star Wars is not an adult movie.

 

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