David Prowler is a planning and development consultant in San Francisco and writer (www.prowler.org). He lectures in the Urban Studies Program at Stanford University, served as a San Francisco Planning Commissioner and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. He wrote A Telegram From Marcel Duchamp and a series of catalogues of collections of disposable eating utensils. Prowler, Inc’s clients have included the San Francisco Zen Center, SF Museum of Modern Art, One Rincon, the Carl Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a raft of public agencies. He is President of the Board of Creativity Explored, 2017’s winner of the Bay Guardian Readers’ Poll Best San Francisco Non-Profit.
Here’s what John King, Urban Design columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle says:
“David Prowler is one of the few people I know whose professional focus is the shaping of San Francisco’s landscape and who hasn’t succumbed to cynicism. He loves the city, and he loves trying to make things happen that in his view make sense.”
Keep me on your list. Such a good writer!
I am doing a series of short 20 to 30 minute online, free videos on San Francisco Architecture topics that you might be interested in. I am aiming to take a fresh look at these topics. The first ones are:
.HERE1-the deYoung & the Academy of Scienes http://lymarch.com/videos_here1.html
.HERE2-History of Golden Gate Park http://lymarch.com/videos_here2.html
.HERE3-San Francisco Houses of Bernard Maybeck http://lymarch.com/videos_here3.html
Glenn Lym AIA
Hi David Prowler,
I just read your very inspiring blog and especially like the remarks on Saul Steinberg, one of my favourite artists of all time. Strangely, it never occurred to me that his flirt with architecture can have a serious impact on architects and city planners etc.
The few sculptures I know of his hand really influenced me as a sculptor, they became almost icons.
I recently added one of them (Library) on my blog:
merijnbolink.blogspot.com (section ‘andere kunstenaars’)
Merijn Bolink, Amsterdam
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Thank you so much for your very kind words. I am very pleased that you have enjoyed my blog. All the best wishes for the new year, david.
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Bro, wake up. Corruption in SF city hall, DBI, planning and public works is REAL. Don’t make excuses for these criminal planners, inspectors and city officials buddy
I don’t excuse corruption.
That’s good to hear because your article about how city hall is mismanaged and it’s not about corruption is misleading. There are scores of city employees and officials like planning commissioner Dennis Richards, Nuru Mohamed, the mayor London Breed, who have set an example that it’s ok to cheat the system, make money in the process and screw other law abiding people over. Dennis Richards is probably the worst of them. The guy is apparently now suing the city after getting CAUGHT cheating the system by bypassing tent control laws regarding tenant buyout and etc. serial permitting, etc.