Monday, December 22, 2014
Over in the United Kingdom, the Labour Party has been protesting that Britain is being "plunged into darkness" by city councils turning off street lights because they cannot afford the electric bills. Is this why San Francisco concert-goers have to negotiate a widening band of unlit streets surrounding the corner of Van Ness and Grove (the corner shared by Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House). Are we really living in a city that cannot pay its electric bills; or is it just another example of politicians taking money away from "bare necessities" to serve the more limited interests of those who engineered getting them into office. Now that Twitter is there, Market Street has never been brighter; but it looks like the price of adequate lighting on Market Street is dangerous darkness of Van Ness Avenue.