Disney/Pixar Fence: A Source of Civic PrideOpinion
The City of Emeryville has redesigned its website! And for the new and improved look, City Hall decided to highlight the things it's most proud of. Front and center on the new site is a photograph of the half mile long Disney/Pixar fence right across from City Hall. That's the fence that sternly reminds everyone that Disney/Pixar isn't interested in Emeryville and keep the hell out...the fence that runs the entire perimeter of the corporate campus, six blocks by two, along Park Boulevard from Hollis all the way up to San Pablo, right through the heart of Emeryville.
We don't need two point perspective in Emeryville; to illustrate it, just make a vanishing point and two lines emanating from it in the form of an inverted V, signifying the edges of the sidewalk...and a fence along the side of it.
Evidently, City Hall thinks getting the Disney/Pixar fence was a big score for Emeryville. A real coup d'etat in the realm of city planning for our town. If they weren't proud of the fence, why else would they showcase it as the premier photograph in the new official website representing our town?
The fence cordons off the super block that the City made when they gave Disney/Pixar Watts and Emery Streets to the corporate giant as a gift to help them consolidate their campus. It's the same fence that blocked the Spur Alley bike path from its planned connection to City Hall.
To those who might not feel that the Disney/Pixar fence is civic pride in steel and thorns, realize, this City is looking out for you in more than just the erection of a fence, the multi billion dollar Disney/Pixar also contributes taxes to our city: $8000 per year.
Other cities may have super blocks, but Emeryville has super duper blocks! If you're headed north or south, you have to walk an extra mile to get around Disney/Pixar. You'll have a long walk but not to worry, we've got an eight foot steel fence running the entire length, proving to everyone how much clout Emeryville has; a physical manifestation showing everyone just what our values are.
Civic Pride in Thorns and Steel
We've got super duper blocks and a half mile long
fence in the heart of Emeryville!