Saturday, December 12, 2009

District 5 Diary's fifth anniversary

Five years ago today I made the first post to District 5 Diary, more evidence that time flies when you're having fun.

The post was essentially a report on a Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) meeting on the "widening" of Martin Luther King Boulevard to accomodate traffic to the Southern entrance to the new garage under the Concourse in Golden Gate Park. What that meeting showed me, first of all, was how out of touch and uninformed the city's progressives were on the issue of the garage and the proposed widening.

The second lesson of the meeting: newly-elected District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was eager to pander to city progressives on the issue, even though he didn't really know what he was talking about. Both of these themes---the ignorance of city progs and Mirkarimi---have been consistent themes on District 5 Diary for the last five years.

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