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Bring Back the WPA – Coit Tower and the Telegraph Steps

September 21st 2014
Every city needs its own personal phallic symbol, and Coit Tower at the apex of Telegraph Hill fills that spot nicely for San Francisco. The tower was named for Lillian Coit, a wealthy, and rather eccentric, woman who had great respect for the firefighters of the city of San Francisco. She died in 1929, leaving a big chunk of money to the city “for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city ... read more
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American Flag Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the origina... ... read more
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21st September 2014

Workers' art
What a fab spot! I love Coit tower, its views. murals and the documentary on its wild parrots. The parrots, like those in South and Central America, probably come out around sunset which is why we've not seen them. Our post office in Santa Barbara also has WPA murals--so great to see working people depicted in art. There was a similar project in the 80s, under Reagan of all people. The CETA program hired artists for painting murals and teaching the young, as well as hiring workers for community organizing. Ah, to have that again!
21st September 2014

Learning something new
I was familiar with the CETA program, but I didn't know it employed artists as well. Gives me a reason to travel to around looking at art - not that that is a hardship!

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