Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Thea Selby's dream is coming true: the hideous Silly Bunny sculpture will now deface lower Haight Street forever.

The brief account on Hoodline doesn't mention Selby, who started an organization to further her political aspirations and, in the end, all she achieved is getting this hideous "art" project done:

Since the sculpture is a "greeter to the neighborhood," Fish would like to attract a large number of people this weekend for its return to the neighborhood. He also wants people to support other local artists and merchants in the area. "The Lower Haight is going through a weird transition, just like a lot of neighborhoods are," he told us. "It was of great importance for me to to send energy and attention and enthusiasm back into the neighborhood."

There's a term for the "transition" that neighborhood is going through: gentrification.

Neither Hoodline nor Fish refer to the planned site for his sculpture: the former UC Extension where working people used to take college classes. A predatory UC ended its education "mission" on that site, since real estate development is much more profitable for its property portfolio, ending that property's 150 years of serving the public interest (UC: Greed and lies and How greedy UC shut down the Extension).

City progressives allowed UC to rip off that property, since they gave it the zoning change that made it happen (55 Laguna: Another "progressive fiasco and Silly Bunny atrocity: A suitable memorial to the city's political community).

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