Monday, April 03, 2017

"Everything good must be ruined"

New, unimproved South Park

Letter to the editor in today's Chronicle:

Regarding “All-new South park beckons to everyone” (March 26): The first rule of the 21st century is that everything good must be ruined. My partner and I have owned a loft on South Park going on 24 years. I liked South Park the way it was: a nice little park, humble and of a different time. I especially liked the trees and grass. For me, that’s rule one for an urban park: Bring nature into the city. Now its just a giant slab of concrete. I particularly despise the single ambling path. I don’t want to amble. I want to get where I’m going. 

I also don’t like the kids park — it looks like a futuristic art sculpture rather than a fun place for kids to play. 

Also heartbreaking is the removal of the Academy Award-winning bench. Cate Blanchett won her 2014 best actress Academy Award for her gut-wrenching “Blue Jasmine” closing scene on the bench in the old South Park. Woody Allen never would have filmed in the new South Park. 

Second rule of the 21st century: You have to learn to live with the changes you hate. At least President Trump will go away in four years or less.

David Fink
San Francisco

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At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugly improvements yet had absolutely nothing to do with the park. 80% of funding from the parks and recreation measure passed last election goes to the sfmta. This had 100% to do with the redesign of the street and removal of parking spaces. "All park improvements" happening across the city will have "pedestrian "refuge" bulbouts parking removed and redesign of intersections and streets. That's how it's going to work.


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