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Old 07-24-2007, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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It might seem silly to some of you, but these sights really do fill me with pride... I'm proud to live in a city where we're free to be unique, and nobody is an outcast. Literally anything goes in San Francisco, and I love that about it! We're not perfect, but at least we try...





I'm also very proud of our diverse population, and the wide variety of cultures you can experience here... people really celebrate their heritage, and are proud of both their history in SF and their homelands.



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Old 07-24-2007, 09:42 AM
 
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Gizmo - I love the mural. Nothing that makes you connect to your community and care about it is silly. I'm the goddess of quirky things that I like about the areas I have lived. I once took a blind date on a walk around Santa Fe and showed him the smallest park I ever saw because I got a kick out it. It was a parkbench on about a ten foot piece of grass next to a state office building and had a sign "....Park." I happened to wander across it on one of my walks around the city. The guy left puzzled--he didn't get my weird sense curiosity or delight (who created it, why was it a park, was it the smallest park in the world?). I think cities are much like people - if you look there are all kinds of things you see are unique and special that you can enjoy. Walking is a great way to slow down enough to see them.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:10 AM
 
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Gizmo - I love the mural. Nothing that makes you connect to your community and care about it is silly. I'm the goddess of quirky things that I like about the areas I have lived. I once took a blind date on a walk around Santa Fe and showed him the smallest park I ever saw because I got a kick out it. It was a parkbench on about a ten foot piece of grass next to a state office building and had a sign "....Park." I happened to wander across it on one of my walks around the city. The guy left puzzled--he didn't get my weird sense curiosity or delight (who created it, why was it a park, was it the smallest park in the world?). I think cities are much like people - if you look there are all kinds of things you see are unique and special that you can enjoy. Walking is a great way to slow down enough to see them.
Thanks, and I agree! I love to walk around the different neighborhoods, taking pictures, "people-watching", and just soaking in the local flavor... each part of San Francisco is unique, and even after living here (on & off) for most of my life, there's still more to see. Oh, and I'm the same way about having quirky favorites - those are the best kind!
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:23 AM
 
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Gizmo - I love the mural.
Oh, and I absolutely love that mural too... almost every neighborhood (district) has them, but that's one of my favorites. San Franciscans are VERY proud of their neighborhoods, often to the point of snobbery. And the snobbiness doesn't always come from where you'd expect (like Nob Hill or Twin Peaks) - no, it's usually ones in "cool", trendy or dangerous parts of town! I admit, sometimes I brag about where I live, since it's 2 blocks from the worst part of SF... gets a nice "oooh" reaction, LOL. Anyway, here are some more murals for your viewing pleasure:

The Haight district


Visitacion Valley


Portola district
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p302/gizmo980/PIC-0130.jpg (broken link)

The Mission
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:44 PM
 
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Gizmo - who paints the murals? They are wonderful.
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Old 07-26-2007, 12:35 AM
 
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Honestly, I don't know... I think each is done by a different local artist, most likely from that neighborhood. There's actually a book on SF murals, so maybe I'll take a look & get back to you. Aren't they beautiful?!
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Old 07-26-2007, 11:40 AM
 
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They were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects in the world (long since passed away), IMO. Those are his prairie-style homes in Oak Park, IL, where he studied and built many homes. He has some in WI, and one in PA if Im correct, and one in Scottsdale, AZ (Taliesen West). Oak Park, IL has the highest concentration of FLW homes in the world I believe.
Don't forget the gas station he designed in Cloquet, MN. Still in business last time I drove thru.
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