Rants about gentrification through the ages

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The triumph of the Californian Ideology

This is a portion of an academic work called “The Californian Ideology” by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron in 1995, which was 20 years ago:

This new faith has emerged from a bizarre fusion of the cultural bohemianism of San Francisco with the hi-tech industries of Silicon Valley. Promoted in magazines, books, tv programmes, Web sites, newsgroups and Net conferences, the Californian Ideology promiscuously combines the free-wheeling spirit of the hippies and the entrepreneurial zeal of the yuppies. This amalgamation of opposites has been achieved through a profound faith in the emancipatory potential of the new information technologies. In the digital utopia, everybody will be both hip and rich. Not surprisingly, this optimistic vision of the future has been enthusiastically embraced by computer nerds, slacker students, innovative capitalists, social activists, trendy academics, futurist bureaucrats and opportunistic politicians across the USA. As usual, Europeans have not been slow in copying the latest fad from America. While a recent EU Commission report recommends following the Californian ‘free market’ model for building the ‘information superhighway’, cutting-edge artists and academics eagerly imitate the ‘post-human’ philosophers of the West Coast’s Extropian cult. With no obvious rivals, the triumph of the Californian Ideology appears to be complete.

Read on for lots more prescient stuff, and stuff about Reagan, Vietnam, the myth of the free market, immortality — and how it all relates to the Californian Ideology.

[via Jenny Odell]

[Image by Jenny Odell]

$2 broiled chicken

It sounds like a real good deal, but in 1855 prices it was actually a lot more outrageous than a $16 burger in 2014. I mean, you could have some perfectly good “Fried Mush” for only 12 cents!

Spend some time with this menu from an SF restaurant in the 1850s:

Burrito Justice has more on the chicken:


2014 Roast chicken has just breached peak-1855:

$84 at Tosca
$48 at Zuni’s.

So I guess we’re doing alright. Read on for more analysis by Mr. Justice, as well as Anthony Myint’s official review of this place (based on the menu).

Retro map of a Tenderloin you probably don’t quite remember

Local historian Ticklefight posted this today. Don’t know quite what to say, but this “Turk & Hyde” microhood of old sure looks like a fun place to party. [link]

Throwback Thursday: Valencia Street, 2004

Looks kinda the same, except the street itself definitely needs some resurfacing. (When did that finally happen, 2009?)

Time sure flies.

UPDATE: They resurfaced that shit in 2010. Thanks, Andrew!

[via Kat]

Throwback Thursday: Back when Taqueria Cancun didn’t have carnitas

On yesterday’s episode of Burrito Justice Radio, we were talking about burritos and burrito history and blogging and stuff, and I brought up how one of my first blog posts ever (back in 2007) was about how Taqueria Cancun had just gotten carnitas — finally!

I mean, can you imagine a world in which carnitas was not a meat option at Taqueria Cancun??? IT HAPPENED.

Here’s the photo I posted:

And here’s the copy I wrote:

Note the sheet of hot-pink printer paper in the upper-left corner of Can-Cún’s menu. It announces excitedly that carnitas is now available. We can’t even begin to recall how many times we’ve heard some first timer bemoaning the lack of carnitas here: “They’re voted Best Burrito and they don’t even have carnitas?! Wha!?”

Apparently they were tired of hearing same, so they rectified the situation (at both Mission locations). What gives anyway? Why did Can-Cún eschew carnitas for long? And why did they finally give in?

I don’t know who I thought was going to answer my questions, seeing as how this blog had zero readers back then. Maybe now I can finally get some closure? Anyone?

Throwback Thursday: Remembering old Pop’s

I forgot how small the TVs were. That bat is still there though.

[via Man Freckles]

Throwback Thursday: The original logo for Torpedo by Sierra Nevada

I took this picture of a tap handle at Toronado way back when I had a phone that actually took photos this size. Dig that crazy typeface!

Nowadays the logo is all normal and boring:

Throwback Thursday: When a $6 burger was REALLY pricey

While working on yesterday’s post about the new patio seating at Monk’s Kettle, I started reminiscing about Kelly’s Burger, which was housed in the same spot about a million years ago.

When I was a dirt-poor college student in 2003, a $6 Kelly’s burger was a major once-in-a-blue-moon splurge. And they knew it: On the back of the menu it said, “Not the Cheapest – Just the Best!” Different times. (A burger at Monk’s Kettle, if you add bacon, is $18.)

Here’s the beginning of a Chowhound thread about Kelly’s, started by Chuck McCall on May 14, 2002:

I checked out Kelly’s Burgers the other day, which just opened on 16th St between Valencia and Guerrero. Their menu consists of (drumroll please) mostly hamburgers (including a Texas burger which comes with a fried egg.) They also have chilidogs and sandwiches.

There were only a couple of other people in there (noon on Saturday). The staff was friendly. It’s an order at the counter and they bring it to your seat kind of place. That tall dude who used to work Truly Med. down the block was behind the grill and apparently owns the place.

Oh yeah, that guy! As for pricing:

My total for the cheeseburger, fries and coke was $7.75.

Daaaaamn! I think you could also get a draft beer for $2 at happy hour.

Here’s a pretty good Yelp review by Eggs M.:

I ended up here on a date with the biggest piece of shit asshole you would ever want to have sex with just because he’s got nice arms and laughs a lot. Why, you might ask, do I have sex with these people on the first date anyway??!!! I don’t fucking know. I’ve been doing that since I was sixteen years old, it didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now that I’m old but still lame enough to be taken out for dates to ‘Kelly’s Burgers’. Why does everything have to be such a goddamn fucking nightmare? Should I feel humiliated when I see this guy out with his girlfriend, or just laugh it off? Fuck. Oh, the burgers were good though.

Check out the rest of the menu (via MenuPix) after the jump: (more…)

The Transamerica Pyramid, partially built

The year is 1971. The photographer is Joseph Rosenthal. And this is yet another in a long line of great SF photos (and videos) taken while driving.

Ugh, why don’t we build any interesting buildings here anymore?

[via @OldSanFrancisco]