One of our loyal commenters, coredump, asked a pretty good question in response to our “A sad fate for The Stick” tour de force (kidding).
This is one of those questions that’s so much easier to answer when you’re a kid, sort of like when someone asks “What do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah?” When you’re a kid, the only problem with answering that question is your answer might be so long that whoever’s listening tunes out after the 10th gift idea.
When I was a kid, the Candlestick Point answer would’ve been a slam-dunk: AMUSEMENT PARK. Otherwise known as kid heaven. Roller coasters, food your parents would never let you eat in any other setting, and the opportunity to stare at girls/guys you thought were cute while spending all that time in line.
I guess this is my way of saying I don’t really have a great idea of what to build at Candlestick Point once The Stick becomes rubble. It seems like a shame to have an Abercrombie and Fitch where “The Catch” took place, but it’s not like I’d visit a statue commemorating that moment more than one or two times.
I grew up in a small town in Northern California. We’re talking WAY north — Eureka. So it’s hard for me to look at San Francisco and say, “This place really needs THIS.” San Francisco was my cultural mecca growing up. It taught me life can be vibrant and not everyone wears flannels and sweats out in public. I’m pretty cool with San Francisco, and besides the parking, cost and Tenderloin problems, I don’t really have any qualms with my adopted hometown.
On the other hand, I know that high-end retail shops haven’t done all that well in places like Walnut Creek (I used to work retail there in a former life, and half the stores went out of business while I toiled there). So why would people go out of their way to travel to Candlestick Point for some outdoor mall?
Again, I’m full of complaints but short on answers. But I feel like there’s something we’re missing. I’m a lot better at coming up with ideas for articles and blog posts than figuring out how to reconfigure a space or develop unused land.
Amici’s Contest Question (thanks again, coredump)
If you had total control of San Francisco, what would you want built at Candlestick Point?
My idea of “lots and lots of billiard halls and bowling alleys” probably isn’t feasible, and the more affordable rental housing the better, but I’m sure you all will have smarter and more creative ideas than mine. Submit a good idea and you could win a free large pizza from Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria …