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     Megaphone to distant alien civilizations? No, just a decommissioned Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on San Francisco’s Geary Boulevard. Rather than scrap it, they transformed it into “street art.” (Probably would have been cheaper to take it down.) Geary Boulevard is one of the more remarkably depressing thoroughfares in urban America, considering that the city is among the top five most expensive places to live in the USA. Below: lined mostly with one and two story buildings of no discernible design aesthetic, it’s every bit as bleak and futureless as the Happy Motoring wastelands of Los Angeles.
Thanks to Beth Lisick for nominating this beauty.

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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

7 Responses to “June 2016” Subscribe

  1. NorthernOutsider June 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    It’s dismal enough to want to make one slit one’s wrists if those pictures are at all indicative

  2. malthuss June 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    “art is whatever you can get away with’ – Andy Warhol

  3. Fiesta Cranberry June 3, 2016 at 5:02 am #

    Hey Jim,
    I know exactly where that is! Funny, Geary Blvd. always reminds me of Queens Blvd. in NY.

  4. Warren June 3, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Jim how about U.S. Bank Stadium in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis a total monstrosity
    pbs.twimg.com/media/CkEW5D5WYAAlbNc.jpg

  5. Agent 4 Change June 4, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    Initially I thought it was someone’s attempt at creative parking lot lighting by making the post look like a home lamp with inverted lampshade. KFC makes more (and less) sense though.

  6. Matthew Cory June 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

    I’m thinking that the next target should be the Ali Center in Louisville done by the New York City bohemians Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership.

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