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Alamo Square Update: Rec and Park Finally Manages to Coral Our Tourists – Sure, Fence Hole Fixed, But…

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

IDK man, the accounting cost for RPD to shut down the entire four square block Alamo Square for a year or so is negligible, so that’s what they just done, oh well.

Here’s what you do – you imagine a billionaire from Mars is willing to pay for whatever expensive project that our SFGov workers can dream up AND you imagine that all the work required can be done in just one day. Then you ask yourself, would you want to do this project.

And the answer here is yes, it’d be nice to maintain the irrigation and fix up the old old bathroom and resod and do whatever else they’re doing. But is is worth shutting down the entire park for a year and spending all this precious taxpayer money? That’s the question.

In any event, the local millionaire homeowners (who don’t like tourists anyway) want this and RPD loves hiring people and spending money, so this is what we get.

On patrol to make sure nobody enters:

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Sad tourists observing the Painted Ladies through a cyclone fence:

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The now-famous fence hole, snipped by a local, used by tourists:

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But look, plastic twisty ties have made the hole smaller – see?

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Now here’s some homeowner-oriented signage from the RPD. (Note that the makr girl in the RPD banner would get a ticket from a Ranger if she actually affixed ropes to a tree and swung from it – isn’t it ironic. Dont’cha think? So why is this your logo, RPD? Whoopsie!)

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Disappointed tourists on Steiner. Note the lack of cars parked here. I’ve never seen this sitch outside of street sweeping times.

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Of course all the street lamps in shut down Alamo Square are now blazing away in the daytime, for some reason because, because RPD don’t care? Yep, because RPD don’t care.

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Actually, RPD views us as deadbeats who cause RPD a bunch of problems. They think we’re undertaxed, so they’re constantly on the lookout to make moar money money money. Oh well.

Hey look, a rare Ranger patrol in the 94117, the better to keep the tourists out after being embarrassed on the TV and the Internet:

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Oh, and here’s the more permanent fix for the now-famous hole, completed yesterday – double fencing:

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That’ll do. Prolly…

Catching Up with the NEW Stow Lake Boat House – Photos – It’s Just the Same, Except for the “PRIVATE EVENTS”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Well, I guess the transition to the new vendor at our Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park is fully complete, not that you could really tell. Four Yelp stars, currently.

Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of SaveStowLake.org down below – it’s kind of funny.)

Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:

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Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.

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Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.

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Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:

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Oh, this is new – room rentals

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I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.

Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75

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So that’s your update.

Now, here’s what’s become of SaveStowLake.org. So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:

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Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.

Happy Boating!

Dolores Park, 2016

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Golden Gate Park is Going Back to Nature a Quarter-Acre at a Time? – Look What’s Growing on This Formerly Grassy Knoll

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Here’s the update for the Panhandle’s formerly grassy knoll between the intersection of Fell / Ashbury and the Panhandle Bathroom:

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So the bacteria is chugging away down there and whatever wants to grow there is a growing. This is quite a change from the quite unnatural and quite thirsty grass what made this little hill look like a small part of a big golf course.

In a way, this patch is almost an experiment ala our California Academy of Sciencese’s Living Roof, non?

To be continued…

Forkchops, Japanese Tea Garden – Now That’s Authentic!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The latest in fusion flatware:

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The Bude’ Abides – Better Know Your Giant Buddha of Golden Gate Park – But Why Don’t We Send It Back to Japan?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Here’s your history of this 3000-pound statue in our pricy ($8 a person!) Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park:

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Oh, here we go, just found this in the SFChron, but I don’t know what “Tajima province Honsha, Japan” means. (Perhaps they meant to say Tajima Province in Honshu, Japan? That would be like saying Atlanta, GA in the American South, I guess.)

Hey, maybe we should make a replica of this thing and send the original back to Japan, how about that?

Hey Look, All the Invasive Frogs are GONE from Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond – Now Back to Normal – Photos

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Here it is, looking pretty normal, or about as normal as you can expect for a quarry pond in human-created Golden Gate Park:

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Now here’s your background:

Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park overrun by Vivian Ho

And here are the troublesome critters themselves – never seen one myself:

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Poor little feller. Michael Linnenbach (commons.wikimedia.org)

And this was the proposal, from a half-decade back:

Let’s just drain the Lily Pond and kill the frogs by Matt Smith

Clearly, it was time to call in the Frog Doctors:

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It was time for some rehab. Yes yes yes.

Or, in the words of Rec and Park, “adjusting the PH level” was called for.

“Another example of biological controls to manage pests is the collaboration between the Department and the California Department Fish and Wildlife, in this case, the partnership has eradicated the invasive African Clawed Frogs by adjusting the PH level in the water in Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond”

By that, they meant this – going to the sto’ and then pouring in some motherfucking bleach, man:

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Chemicals were everywhere:

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Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. cooked up a batch of white powdery stuff…

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…and they went to town:

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It was a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…

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Check this one-minute video of the place at that time:

PETA, well PETA was NOT happy about any of this:

“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”

I don’t know how all that worked out, but this was the scene a couple months back, via Tony T – ‘dozer and digger:

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And that brings up up to present day, what you can see from the first photo up above.

You can’t visit just yet, as RPD is behind sked, oh well:

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And there you have it.

Nous salouns le retour, Lily Pond!

May you remain frog-free forever…

Knock Knock, It’s Housekeeping! – After You Sleep in Golden Gate Park Overnight, Rec & Park Will Come By to Clean Up

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Here’s one wagonload right here:

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See you tomorow

Our Rec & Park Gods Must Be Crazy: Grassy Knoll in the GGP Panhandle Newly Turfed, But Now Deturfed – Brown Brown

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Here’s shot of a 2000-something square foot knoll from a couple years back, in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle – keep off our expensive new turf, man is what RPD was saying with the temporary cyclone fencing:

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Nice and green, huh? This was the color of the Mound when these volunteers installed a (fake*) Rain Garden, seen on the other side of the benches:

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But now here’s how things stand today betwixt the Panhandle Bathroom Building the and Panhandle Bike Path:

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This brown mound will become a “planted area,” whatever that means:

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Trot out any RPD spokesmodel with an explanation and I’ll have a counter for it. Hey, maybe the Panhandle shouldn’t be one giant lawn? Hey, maybe decisions about how to handle Our Current Drought shouldn’t be driven by the concerns of Area realtors? Hey, maybe we should repave the Panhandle’s currently abysmal Oak-side walking path now and worry about installing a bunch of “irrigation” later? Or, hey, maybe just forget about irrigation and let Gaia take its course?

Just asking.

*Look at the definition and then YOU MAKE THE CALL, Gentle Reader. This “rain garden” is heavily watered, just like the center pivot irrigation circles you see in Flyover Country. 

Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bathroom Graffiti – From “Hetch Hetchy —>” to “Hobo—>” – Good Morning, Sunshine

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

First it was all like this, but now it’s all like this:

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