I deal with the political atmosphere all the time in the city and have to do the occasional visit to City Hall when the powers-at-be try raising yet another business fee, or tax. I came off as grumpy because the sight of how my once-lovely city has turned into a toilet just breaks my heart. Wannabe locals want to ban the flying of jets during fleetweek because it interrupts their tea-time with Biff, Tad, and Muffy, a convicted wife-beater (Ross Mirkarimi) is the Sheriff, the Board of Supervisors would rather spend my taxes to ban toys in happy meals than fix our streets, provide free sex-change operations on my tab all the while getting a cadillac-pension for life after a few short years in the office and leaving behind a wasteland that they created. Yeah, I have plenty to be grumpy about. SF has an absolutely incredible opportunity to generate even more revenue, bring more people to a great location, bring more jobs (who then pay taxes) and what do they do? They put it all on hiatus because of some fountain that no one sees, or knew it existed, and some a$$hat critic that no one cares about suddenly decides it's sacrilege! I mean WTF?? Really?
On the flip side, the location of the fountain does not do it justice. It's in a forgotten corner, behind a fugly building, always in the shadows. From that perspective, I can see why people would think the fountain is ugly. Looked up close, it's actually a very cool, intricate piece of art. They should move it to a location on the plaza itself where it will not only be in the sun, but people will actually be able to see it.
As it stands, the street where Levi's is (the future Apple store) is not an active shopping area on Union Square. It's Levi's, Tiffanny, Sak's 5th Avenue, and a Williams Sonoma. Williams Sonoma is a nice store, the others are not welcoming, and not high-foot traffic. That part of Post Street is lightly traveled. Apple could change that, and the other business on that street would absolutely love it.