Many thanks to all those who came out for the fundraiser, and especially to our sponsors. We’d also like to thanks the artists who brought their work out to show what they loved about our City, and still more thanks to our great DJ: Chris Galvin. Turned out to be a fine little success. Next year, we hope we can make it even finer. We hope you all had a good time.
The Clean and Green City Summit was an interesting event. Looking back on it, I’m not quite sure what it accomplished — other than the obvious networking potential. It started off a little odd, with a clown group trying to poke fun at the whole effort, with only occassional success. The Mayor gave a decent speech, supervisors gave awards to worthies in the community. I attended workshops on Community Benefit Districts, and one on how to keep plazas attractive. The former was more practical, with two community leaders sharing there own experiences of starting a CBD (and the many challenges that lie therein). The most inspirational thing from the whole day, was the presenter representing Mayor Daly’s office and showing off what the city of Chicago has done and is planning to do. As one member of our city government exclaimed, “we have a lot of work to do!”
We’ll be holding a fundraiser on March 20th, at 111 Minna in San Francisco. This is out FIRST “I Love San Francisco: Celebrating Our Urban Environment” Fundraiser.
Enter our “San Francisco The Beautiful” Contest and you could win an iPod! Just enter an artistic creation (any medium: short story, poem, photograph, video, etc) that represents what you love about San Francisco’s urban environment and you could win an iPod Nano – more details to follow!
Please consider sponsoring our fundraiser:
Sponsors will thanked publicly in invitations and at the event.
Again, details to follow. Questions? Please email deep -at – sflcv.org
Checks may be mailed to SFLCV, 937 Valencia St., SF CA 94110-2320
This summit features experts on cleaning and greening, interactive workshops, inspirational speakers and a vendor gallery. The Summit is presented by the Mayor’s office, DPT, SF Clean City Coalition and the Recreation and Park Department.
The summit will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30p.m. The summit is free of charge, however, advanced registration is required. Space is limited.
More information here:
There is also an evening event “A Green Valentine with the Mayor” Feb 14th, 5-7pm at the South Light Court of San Francisco City Hall.
Gordon Price of Vancouver and Astrid Haryati will be speaking on “Building a beautiful, safe & sustainable public realm in Vancouver and Chicago.”
Tonight, Jan 25th saw the opening of this new exhibit of Mid-Market street photographs, “Forgotten Mid-Market”. The photos document some of the history of this section of Market street from the 30s through the 60s, showing bustling streets, huge signs, blinking lights, tons of transit.
It’s a sad thing to see how far it is fallen. In many pictures, it is hard to see that it IS the same street. Perhaps the one thing this exhibit was missing was modern day comparison photos from the same or similar vantage points. The only concrete similarity is the lampposts have remained the same, almost everything else — it seems — has changed.
The question is what are the lessons we can or should draw from this? How much was the construction of BART to blame, versus the 1967 “beautification” law, versus the decline in movie ticket sales, and the failure of theaters on “the Big White Way”?
Most painful of all is to see that Market used to have 4 lanes of transit! One could say of course that much of that moved underground, but how much quicker would the above ground MUNI buses be if that were still the case. Car traffic seems similar to the present, the only other change is that the sidewalks seem larger now. But if there are few people to walk there, what’s the point of that!
There is now pressure to turn over Mid-Market to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, photos pulled from private collections, and is showing through February 17, 2006.
Red Ink Studios is at 1035 Market Street (Wed-Sat 12-4, Thu 2-8).
This spring CounterPULSE is hosting a monthly lecture on San Francisco’s history, both natural and political, from union history to the question of whether SF could feed itself. See the lecture schedule for more details.
Sunday February 26
Time: 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
Come join with scientists and conservation organizations to learn about endangered species in San Mateo County.
Where: At Woodside Town Hall near the corner or Woodside Road and Whisky Hill Road.
What: Endangered Species Lecture and Field Trip. Sequoia Audubon, Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve and California Audubon host a lecture and field trip to learn about endangered species in San Mateo County. Ask local experts questions and share insights about the possible changes to the Endangered Species Act. Then come along on a field trip to Edgewood Natural Preserve to observe critical habits first hand. Learn about what you can do. Where: At Woodside Town Hall near the corner or Woodside Road and Whisky Hill Road. With a field trip to follow the presentation at Edgewood Natural PreserveSpeakers will include:
Why: After 30 years of serving as the safety net for wild birds, plants and animals on the brink of extinction, the Endangered Species Act is under attack. What is at stake in our community? Learn about the importance of the ESA and what you can do to help prevent extinction.
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