Assignment 3: Sonic Story Post

I really liked this sonic story because it takes a legislative/political issue and humanizes it. The layering of different sounds takes me to where she lives and works, it brings me into her life.

http://kalw.org/post/living-wage-profile-low-wage-earner

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Assignment 2: Bracketing

What I most desire is to start saving money to prepare for financial disasters.

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Assignment 1: What’s new in the world of Multimedia?

In the early days of journalism, I would imagine the traditional text story and photo would be as advanced as the media got. Now, the evolution of multimedia has throttled our storytelling to a variety of different platforms.

The digital age has brought a lot of trends in multimedia. Short and sweet videos have exploded in popularity over the past year or so, which I’m guessing is due to a lot of people not having the time or attention span for longer videos. Another trend I’ve noticed is that there is a big push to utilize coding skills to make interactive media pieces.

Text and photos are still crucial for people to gain understanding in a story but the use of different types of media to offer perspectives of a story is the fun part. Some aspects of stories more often than not can be visualized, such as data in charts and graphs.

My goals for this semester is to soak up as much knowledge about using multimedia to improve my storytelling as I can and diversify my stories. I’d like to do a mix of video/audio profiles, data visualizations, a feature video of an organization or maybe even news events. I don’t currently have any final project ideas but I know I’d want it to be a video.

For equipment I plan to use my DSLR for capturing video and an external audio recorder or an audio preamp, and a tripod and DSLR stabilizer for stable clips.

New Online Neighborhood Group!

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A new online neighborhood group has emerged for residents of Nob Hill.

A team of passionate web developers have launched a new website to help bring communities together and foster a new resource. If you’re new to the neighborhood or not there is a great advantage in networking with people in your location.

Nextdoor Nob Hill, one of the many neighborhood groups formed under Nextdoor.com, is a private social network for those who live in the area. All one has to do is prove their residency in the area by answering a few simple questions.

Mission Statement

Join Nextdoor Nob Hill to have a voice in the community and to add value to things that matter.

Residents Gather: Opposition of the Huntington Park Fence

A close up of the Fountain of Tortoises in Nob Hill's Huntington Park. Photo by: Dayvon Dunaway

A close up of the Fountain of Tortoises in Nob Hill’s Huntington Park. Photo by: Dayvon Dunaway

If a recent sampling of Nob Hill residents is any indication, the plan to erect a 6-foot-high iron gate around the fabled Huntington Park is being met with steep opposition.

The measure was introduced and developed by the Nob Hill Association neighborhood group, who has their sights set upon Huntington Park, a place that many consider to be the heart of the neighborhood. The Nob Hill Association has raised over $1.4 million for the erection of the fence, along with upgrades to the children’s playground. Park officials would lock the gates from 12 midnight to 5am to address safety concerns.The renovation proposal also has the full support of David Chiu, the Board of Supervisors president and district three supervisor.

“For the past year, the Nob Hill Association and Friends of the Huntington Park Playground have been working in partnership with my office, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, and San Francisco Parks Alliance to renovate the playground and restore the historical Huntington Park fence,” said Chiu in a November 2013 letter to Commissioner Mark Buell of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission.

The plan started to progress this year, fueled by historical and safety justifications for the positioning of the gates, which would be modeled after the original fence that surrounded the Huntington Mansion before it collapsed during the 1906 earthquake.

The NHA may use the fence as a way to enforce the park’s proposed closing time and honor the wishes of Arabella Huntington, the one who deeded the land to the city almost 100 years ago, to restrict the area from “undesirable citizens.”  The project would restore 224-feet of the original fence, as well as add 672-feet of newly-structured fence.

This opens the issue of the fencing off public parks and sparks resident outcry on the subject. Many were surprised to learn of this plan as there were no signs or posters to notify parkgoers. However, donations are still being accepted on the Nob Hill Association’s website for the park’s full renovation and fencing plan, as well as on the Friends of the Huntington Park Playground’s homepage.

Jackson Yee, a Polk Street resident, is concerned about the message it would send to people in the area and people outside the area. “I think it is a mistake as it is such an icon in our community,” he said. Everytime I go by it on the cable car it’s just a breath of fresh air to see something green and vibrant in this concrete jungle we live in.”

An online petition was started by project opponents in response to the fence proposal, and has reached 237 signatures out of their one thousand signature goal as of yesterday. The petition is directed at the San Francisco board of supervisors in an effort to encourage a rejection of the plan when the they meet for a vote.

Proponents of the venture say that it’s worth the effort. “I think putting up a gate is a good idea if it would deter any shady activity at night,” said Dominic Mayes, an aspiring musician who visits the park to write stories and enjoy song tracks after work. “It’s harder to do crime with a tall gate you would have to climb over, plus it would keep bums from sleeping in the park.”

“The playground serves as an invaluable community asset,” said Chiu in his letter. “I also support the return of the original, historic Huntington fence to Huntington Park as it will enhance the security of the park and protect the playground area.”

Opponents say that gating off a public park is unnecessary and doesn’t ensure security. “Safety will not be guaranteed by a 6-foot wall around,” said Yee.

“I think it’s a waste of money, it isn’t going to make the park any safer or nicer,” said Alethea Huang, a UC Davis psychology student. She was raised in the Sunset district of the city but often frequents Huntington Park for its peaceful and quiet atmosphere. “We have a nice park as it is and surrounding us with fences is going to make me feel like a zoo animal.”

Others feel that the image of the neighborhood may be compromised by the plan. Olive Rubenstein, who lives on Jones Street, walking distance from Huntington Park is disturbed by the proposal and says that it would only prove to the city that Nob Hill doesn’t want them there.

“I thought it would be a good idea at first, but now I feel like it hides the personality of the neighborhood,” she said. “It seems that the park is very well known and to put a fence up is somewhat hiding it.”

The historical context the Nob Hill Association is drawing upon as part of their motive dates back to before the 1906 earthquake that destroyed most of San Francisco. Railroad tycoon Collis Potter Huntington bought the property where present day Huntington Park stands from David D. Colton in 1892.

The mansion was surrounded by an iron fence to protect Huntington and his family, along with his possessions. He died at the star of the twentieth century, making his wife Arabella Huntington a widow. His property stood until flames caused by the 1906 earthquake burned it and most of the fence to the ground.

Then in 1915, Huntington donated the land to the city of San Francisco. Almost 100 years later, the land acts as a flourishing neighborhood attraction and icon. The Nob Hill Association plans to restore the gate that once surrounded the mansion that stood there over a century before in an effort to bring historical value to the park.

The San Francisco Parks Alliance has been working with Chiu’s office and other organizations to make this happen. With this many organizations involved, responsibilities often change hands. “We are no longer the fiscal agents for Friends of Huntington Park”, said Park Partner Project Manager Sahiti Karempudi in an email. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department still has big plans for the park.

The progression of the plan has been slowed however, allowing time for both sides of the issue to prepare for round two.  “The fencing at Huntington Park has been postponed at this time,” said Connie Chan, deputy director of public affairs of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in an email.

Opponents have gained a bit more time to make their case to the board of supervisors. Signatures on the petition website are rising steadily, and more people are aware of the issue.

 

A Little History Lesson: Nob Hill’s Big Four and Historical Structures Story Map

View of San Francisco from the Top of the Mark lounge in Nob Hill. Photo by: Joe Parks

View of San Francisco from the Top of the Mark lounge in Nob Hill.
Photo by: Joe Parks
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San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood is home to many historical structures named after famed pioneers in the city’s history. Through this interactive map, we will gain knowledge and showcase these individuals from San Francisco’s past. Click the image to take a journey through Nob Hill’s history!

Cabin joins the Nob Hill night life!

The rustic style Cabin sign   signals the presence of the bar to patrons on Polk Street in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco on Monday, March. 17, 2014. Photo by: Dayvon Dunaway

The rustic style Cabin sign signals the presence of the bar to patrons on Polk Street in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco on Monday, March. 17, 2014. Photo by: Dayvon Dunaway

A new business splashed into the night life of Nob Hill with its New Year’s night grand opening, sparking conversation among residents about the recent influx of such places in the area.

Cabin is the newest bar to step onto the canvas of Polk Street and brings a fresh style on a familiar decor. Retained from the previous tenant of the space, Bigfoot Lodge, Cabin’s interior features log-cabin style walls and a screened fireplace towards the end of the room. The simple fashioned business showcases a vast arsenal of drinks and special mixes to soothe and refresh patrons.

Happy Hour at Cabin stands front and center for those in need of a drink on Polk Street in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco on Monday, March. 17, 2014. Photo by: Dayvon Dunaway

Happy Hour at Cabin stands front and center for those in need of a drink on Polk Street in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco on Monday, March. 17, 2014. Photo by: Dayvon Dunaway

“It’s a good place to hang out with friends and watch the game while having a couple drinks or just to catch up with people,” said Dominic Mayes, who works in downtown San Francisco. After work he hikes up to the area to catch a game or two before heading back home. “The people are cool, the vibe is cool, an all around great place to be.”

This new addition is only one of many bars on Polk Street. In fact, the area has quickly become a staple for the nightlife in San Francisco. With other, long established businesses such as Hemlock Tavern, Kimo’s, Lush Lounge, Tonic, and Red Devil Lounge placed at each block, San Francisco’s young and the restless, among other crowds flock to the neighborhood to enjoy the scene.

Stretching from the Civic Center all the way through Russian Hill, the collection of bars hitting the neighborhoods has stirred up controversy among residents. “It’s been a bit rowdy recently, like in the past couple years because of a bunch of new pubs and nightclubs,” said Jackson Yee, a resident of Nob Hill. “A lot of outsiders are attracted to these places so they come out and trash the area and the people here are left to deal with it.”

Cabin, along with other restaurants, bars, and clubs, has established a loyal following in the area, and together these establishments have promoted a lot of economic growth. However, some would say that some diversity among the ventures is needed. “It’s good that they are able to open up new businesses, but there are some pros and cons to the issue,” said Olive Rubenstein, a resident of Nob Hill. “I’m worried about the crowd it may attract here. There are a lot of crazy people and it’s not like we need a whole bunch of bars in one area.”

While Cabin and others like it are located at the base of Nob Hill, the heart of the area maintains its serenity. Residents who live around Jones Street are for the most part unaffected by these developments. Bernadette Funk, who has been a resident of Nob Hill since 1966, frequents Huntington Park to walk her dog Sable and mingle with other dog owners. “It’s rowdy sometimes but that’s a bit further down, it doesn’t get too bad around here,” she said.

Although the string of bars and nightclubs that comprise Polk Street elicit mixed feelings among residents, Cabin enjoyed a successful welcome to the neighborhood and continue to sling out drinks as long as the crowds come.