Employees are likely not villains: The depiction of MuleSoft employees ("We're just here for the wine, and we're going to put you out of business anyhow.") stretches credulity ["Goodnight, Galleries," Jonathan Curiel, art, 4/16]. I can't imagine anyone, tech or not, being dense enough to talk like that. Reminds me of the cartoonish depiction of the villains in a Dickens novel. That said, people need to buy art!
Follow the Music
Tech people make art too: This Chicken Little stuff is getting to be a bit played out. When you think about art (sculpture, composition, and prose), it is finite, i.e.: Once a traditional piece of art is created it is seldom changed or contributed to or interacted with ["Tour of Venice," Ian S. Port, music, 4/16]. Software (the artistic medium of our time) is the only form of media that is both bidirectional and interactive. The loops developers create in code are no different than the repetitive strokes in the pointillism of Seurat or the impressionism of Manet. For me, these NIMBY articles sound like whining about technology. Guess what? If you don't want to learn the technology, you can always move to the desert and bury your head in the sand.
Looking closer at our 7x7 city: I have a lot of sympathy with the writer's viewpoint. The ability to live in an urban neighborhood shouldn't be a class privilege, though it's going to be a huge fight to prevent that. The displacement of artists and musicians is hardly a good thing for either the people themselves or the city. At the same time, I can't help wondering if some of this isn't just an accidental byproduct of how city borders are drawn in the Bay Area. In New York, or Chicago, or Los Angeles (and some other cities too), the neighborhoods which are like Oakland or Berkeley would be part of the big city, not separate municipalities. Musicians and artists live all over those cities, and those who live outside the center can hop a bus or train and get to it. They remain New Yorkers or Chicagoans or Angelenos, but because San Francisco is a separate city, Oakland residents are seen as completely different.
Blog Comments of the Week
Safety over design: Equal access should be provided for all riders, but safety concerns do come first ["BART Passengers With Disabilities to Protest New BART Trains," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 4/15]. This new fleet doesn't seem that limiting in movement and they do seem safer. Disability rights are one thing but sometimes activists just seem unreasonable.
People need to remember their street smarts: It's interesting how people have forgotten that they live in a city ["Google Glass-Wearer Claims He Was Attacked in the Mission District," Rachel Swan, 4/14]. Any street smarts would tell a person that he should keep his gadgets on the lowdown in any neighborhood.
In last week's article "Savage at Last" [Lou Fancher, theater, 4/16] we misidentified the name of the Shotgun Players' play; the correct title is "Salvage." SF Weekly regrets the error.