[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

> >  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.


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

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