Apple Facing a Fountain Fiasco in San Francisco
Two weeks ago, MMi reported
that Apple is on the move in San Francisco. The tech giant recently submitted plans to open a new retail store on Union Square in a move that would essentially relocate its nine-year-old store just down the road but still within the beautiful city of San Francisco.
Unfortunately, the plan isn't going swimmingly, thanks to a fountain fiasco that has reportedly prompted Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco, to reconsider supporting the move. As it turns out, Apple's relocation would similarly require the relocation of an historic fountain that has been a landmark on Union Square for four decades.
Some residents, understandably, don't want to see the fountain go just to accommodate Apple. So the Mayor is said to be exploring options that may allow Apple and the fountain to peacefully share the same space. Lee admits that the fountain's fate wasn't considered when the Apple relocation plans were first brought to his attention. "We weren't necessarily focused on that side," Lee said of the fountain's location.
For now, it isn't clear if this issue will ultimately prohibit Apple from moving into its desired new retail crib. But for the time being, there's a fountain full of headaches for the local government and Apple to work through.