During a visit to San Francisco last week, I was hanging out in the Mission with an old friend from college and we passed by this closed-down gas station ripe with weeds and graffiti. On the sidewalk in front of the lot was a Heidelberg press sitting shinily in the sun. My friend’s attention was caught by this amazing spectacle of machinery while I went and checked out the weeds.
I thought this urban space was very lovely and wished it weren’t fenced-off. It’s annoying to have to stick your camera through the chain links!
We then passed by a gigantic church made up of lots of angles and planes of hard-looking materials like glass and concrete. It was very sterile-looking, but covering the side wall were perfectly rectangular patches of green!
Well, there were a few frayed edges where the ivy was escaping its rigid boundary.
I was also interested in the multi-level gated and locked concrete terraces in the front of the church. They contained lots of cylindrical cement planters with sad-looking, dried-out plants.
I wonder what is the point of caging in these spaces?
On an unrelated note, I found a stretch of nearby residential street lined with a vivid display of weeping bottlebrush.
No fences here to keep me from marveling at this beautiful shrub!