KRAWCZUK INDUSTRIES                                               WHAT A WEEK!                                  Mon September 10, 2018  #33_


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Are you down with POPOS?

Or, the amazing Privately Operated Public Open Spaces in SF.

I’ve visited the Salesforce Park a few times since it opened, and I really like it!

It sits on top of the Salesforce Transit Center. Soon you can take a gondola to the top (which seems like a decadent sort of overkill!), but for now you can use the 10 escalators and elevators to the park.

By the way, Salesforce doesn’t own either the park or the tower -  they just have  the naming rights. The tower is owned by Boston Properties. The park is owned by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.

The park is a pleasant blend of strollable paths (there are rolling hills, slightly bending walkways, and protected nooks), botanical gardens (with examples of plants from “mediterranean climates” around the world) , art (I’m fond of the bus fountain), gathering areas (there is a little plaza area where they seem to hold most of their events) and food (a little bar and some carts near the plaza). On the lower levels, there are also a few vending machines for drinks, but there are also vending machines for electronics and drug store items a traveler may find useful. (The vending machines in the Greyhound waiting room were the most extensive!) More retail and food seems to be opening soon. The lighting at night seems really well thought out, warm and not too bright (park is open until 9PM).

This park seems like it would be a great place to relax after work before one’s ride home, or a great place to have lunch. You can see the parallels to the High Line, and I hope more mixed use parks like this are made.

This public urban park stands in stark contrast to the Privately Owned Public Open Spaces (with the terrible acronym POPOS) that exist in downtown SF. As the guy in this video explains, all of the recent construction in the financial district requires them to provide a park or lobby with art for the public to use.

Here is the official map of SF POPOS, but I think this list is a bit more user friendly. (Not in SF? This is the list of POPOS in NYC.)

While some of these are really lovely, quite a few of them seem to be treated with contempt by the buildings they are situated in.  A combination of hours that seems restrictive, requiring sign in from security, putting signage in obscure locations, having uncomfortable seating and little shade are tactics that some buildings use to obscure accessing the POPOS. It’s a shame: they could create a lot of social and economic benefit. Maybe this new parke will change things?

Anyhow, next time you need co-working space, consider heading down to the Financial District and using a POPOS - free wifi at the one at LinkedIn! 

Speaking of POPOS, I got to go see Lawrence Argent’s Venus last week too. It is 9 stories tall, twists and mirror finished, so it makes you question if your eyes are working correctly.  

The plaza has several sculptures of Lawrence Argent, many are in the form of large marble pieces with elements of other famous statues in them. Many of the forms are warped similarly to his Venus.  

This raw rock with embedded sculpture  allows you to appreciate the natural form of the rock, as well as the skill and craftsmanship needed to create the sculptural elements.

I like this one in particular.

Not my photo!

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Simplenote - cross platform note-taking application -

A minor tragedy struck last week. I was using a draft email to keep my notes / to-do list in. It sort of worked great: I was able to get my notes on my laptop and my phone, always in synch. But, after doing some editing on my phone, I clicked the wrong button and deleted the draft instead of saving it. I was upset for about 5 minutes, and then felt like a free person! One way to get through your to do list...

While I am slowly reconstructing what’s on my agenda, I went looking for a new app to keep track of notes and agenda items. I found Simplenote, a cross platform (I use it  on iphone and on a web browser) not taking app that doesn’t try to format things too much. It’s made by Automattic, the company behind

So far, I LOVE IT! It is simple, free, no ads,  has seamless synching, and does minimal formatting in a really helpful way. If you are looking for a way to keep all of those notes in one spot, this is a good one to consider.

It also has some advance features that I’m looking forward to using: it let’s you see previous versions of your notes, and let’s you publish notes as well. I like the idea of being able to make a very quick/light web page that I can share, and can turn it off really easily as well! If you use it, let me know what you think!


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