Saturday, May 25, 2013

Visual assault at Crissy Field

A letter to the editor in this morning's SF Chronicle:

Sculptures at Crissy Field ("DiSuvero sculptures work on a grand scale," May 23).

The emperor's new clothes? How is it that SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra can foist this litter on San Francisco? The pleasant, wide-open space of Crissy Field is marred by this visual assault.

Apparently these sculptures speak to art reviewer Kenneth Baker but in some arcane language known only to himself. As to seeing them for what they are, I see that they are not unlike the barriers the German army placed on the beaches of Normandy to prevent the Allies from landing in France.

Diana Knight

German defense on Normandy beach

Sign the petition to remove the Crissy Field sculpture.

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Parking and neighborhood business

ENUF/Meter Madness sends this on last month's Small Business Commission meeting:

Businesses need more parking to survive. The Small Business Commission heard complaints from small business owners at the April 22, 2013, meeting. Commissioners were sympathetic about the need for more parking for businesses.

A link to the SFGTV video of the meeting
is here. The agenda item is number 7, which starts at 27:47.

Some of the comments during the meeting:

Would like to see a representative from the Small Business community on the MTA board.

Encourage the merchants associations to continue demanding consideration from the MTA.

There appears to have been no real time studies or consideration for business operations in the areas where they are eliminating and limiting parking.

Parking removal and lack of parking seems to be the major problem for everyone.

We need to re-visit the policies that are driving these programs. We must change the attitude that we are not building any more parking.

We need parking as well as bike lanes. We are the taxpayers. We must realistically provide for the visitors and commuters who cannot take public transit into the city.

Blind loyalty to ideology at the expense of the whole community is not the answer. People are already avoiding certain neighborhoods due to parking difficulties.

Where did the anti-parking attitude come from?

ENUF's MTA petition

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