[FoRK] "the web is San Francisco, writ large" (fwd)

Zee Roe zero at rawbw.com
Wed Jun 8 13:35:20 PDT 2005



On Wed, 8 Jun 2005, Joe Barrera wrote:

> Justin Mason [quoted]:
>
> >  Visiting San Francisco for the first time in 2001, it all snapped
> >  into place. Here was a city cross-hatched by freeways that each felt
> >  just a little too dangerous to walk under. Coupled with a lack of
>
> San Francisco cross-hatched by freeways?
> What the fuck is he talking about?
> Maybe he thinks 19th street is a freeway?

Sounds like he walked from 9th and mission to 14th and mission and back
again...

> >  decent public transportation, it meant there were loads of
>
> BART, trolleys, street cars, busses and caltrain...
> OK, maybe it's not London, but still...

Even London isn't London any more.

> >  communities slightly too small to support really big stores or
> >  specialist shops. I was seeing, in short, a city in which home
>
> San Francisco has no specialist shops?

It's pretty easy to confuse the Pirate Store with WalMart.

> Hmm, I've spent a couple days in London. I think I'll pull
> a bucketload of bogus generalizations about London out
> of my ass in some article that attempts to explain the
> dot-com boom. Maybe I'll confuse London with with
> Surrey County while I'm at it.

Now would be a perfect opportunity to go on my yearly rant re: London, but
I will spare you all the pain. It's better in person, anyway, since the
frothing at the mouth can't well be conveyed electronically.

-s


("London... hmm, I've heard of that... it's near Slough, innit?")


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