Archive for the ‘streets’ Category

Ten Yards of Haight-Ashbury: Four Real Estate Signs and Two Pork Pie Hats

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Word on the Street: Pick the Better Street Sign at Page and Divisadero – A Clear Winner

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Where I grewed up, they had at least four street name signs at every intersection.

But in SF, not so much. You gotta use other clues to determine location sometimes…

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Word on the Street: BAY AREA COMBAT SAMBO! BAY AREA COMBAT SAMBO! BAY AREA COMBAT SAMBO!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

As seen on Market Street:

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SAMBO = SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya or Self-Defense Without Weapons.

Mmmm… This could come in useful on the mean streets of San Francisco.

But what these people need is a memorable logo like  the one that Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has.

In any event, they have a five star rating, Gentle Readers.

America, California, Travelodge, Gay: Flags in the Wind

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Timeless San Francisco: This Eight-Color Graphic Shows a Street You Should Recognize – Can You Do It?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

This scene looks the same as 50 years ago and the same as it will 50 years from now:

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Looking south over the Mission District towards Bernal Hill Park.

 

Angry Pedestrian Commits Traffic Violence on Masonic Avenue

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Dude was meandering down the excessively wide sidewalks of Masonic until he entered the street to block traffic, for some reason.

And then…

…he took out the driver side rear view mirror with his satchel – THWACK!

Who will calm the restless pedestrians of San Francisco?

Happy Birthday to the “Hayes Street Cut” in Alamo Square – 100 Years Old – Less Climbing for the #21 Hayes Bus

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

If you look at Hayes betwixt Pierce and Scott, you can see why the Hayes Street Cut exists.

And then you Google it to reveal:

“Hayes Street Cut: In order to re establish direct car service to the Hayes Street district north of the Panhandle* it is necessary to provide a lower grade between Pierce and Scott Streets And by a cut of 15 ft across the plateau at Pierce Street the maximum grade may be reduced from 14.6 to 10.9 (See Fig 72) which is within reasonable limits for electric equipment If a terraced arrangement is used with half the cut in the roadway and half in the walkway the cost for retaining walls will be considerably less than if the cut is extended full depth between property lines.”

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And here’s the San Francisco Call from 1910:

“All matters connected with the proposed Hayes street cut were put over until next week. The committee received the works board’s report that the improvement would cost the city $54,000.”

Now of course many parts of SF have been regraded over the years, but what makes the Hayes Street Cut the Hayes Street Cut is that the City accommodated the already partially-developed area. Nobody wanted to mess with private land south of Hayes. So people figured regrading the street while leaving the sidewalks mostly intact was the cheap solution. Terracing = less digging.

Here you go, the HAYES STREET PROFILE:

(I’ll note that the HSC makes the annual Bay to Breakers fun-run** easier on the competitors, as you can see.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAYES STREET CUT!

*We use the phrase NoPA these days, except that back then “north of the Panhandle” meant the area farther west, not that the real estate ladies of the 94117 would give a care about that.

**Hayes Street is NOT the highest part of the B2B course, despite what the MSM tells us every year. In fact, the highest part of the B2B is on JFK Drive at the foot of Rainbow Falls in Golden Gate Park. The More You Know…

Word from the Street, from African Americans in the Fillmore: “WE ARE HERE … AND STILL MATTER”

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Mural as seen on Fulton in the Western Addition:

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Which is fair enough.

But I’ll tell you, there are certain people who seem to want only certain people to live in this particular part of San Francisco District 5.

I approve not.

And I’ll tell you, the primary thing preventing this kind of discrimination is our federal government.

Just as things were back in the 1800′s. To wit:

Yick Wo v. Hopkins

That’s something for the London Breeds of the world to ponder…

Word on the Street: “CIVIC CENTER POWER HOVSE”

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

As seen on Larkin:

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(Good name for a sex club in the 94102, huh?)

Driver and Writer CW Nevius Goes on a “Rant” Against the “Militant” Pedestrians of SF – Do They Have the Right to Jaywalk?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Here’s the latest effort from CW Nevius, who’s taking a break from being spokesman for San Francisco’s right-side-of-the-aisle  political faction to go on a “bit of a rant” against local pedestrians. But what’s up with this?  

“Even when they are in the right, I worry about them. When the traffic light countdown gets to five or six, they step confidently into the crosswalk — which is their right…”

But pedestrians don’t have “the right” to do so. It’s agin CA law – check out V C Section 21456,* which is dealt with by Rule #3 of the Five Rules for Pedestrians.

Don’t you have an editor, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, you’re too old and experienced to have an editor, and plus, editors cost money, that’s right.

But don’t you have a fact checker, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, you’re too old and experienced to have a fact checker, and plus, fact checkers cost money, that’s right.

But don’t you have a photographer, Nevius? Oh, that’s right, photographers cost money. So all your observations, we’ll just have to take your word about them. OK fine. BTW, [sarcasmmode ON] nice stock photo you’ve got there, Neve. “Cause a stock photo taken in the People’s Republic of China, you know, from more than a thousand li away, well, that really illustrates how “militant” and “freaking nuts” San Francisco peds are, huh? [sarcasmmode OFF]

And oh, BTW Neve, the peds of SF aren’t militant, not at all. Try to find a different word for what you mean.

Of course you’re new in town, I get that. Sure, welcome to San Francisco, Neve.

But you’re doing a half-assed job doing your half-time gig.

You need to try harder.

*”Walk, Wait, or Don t Walk

21456. Whenever a pedestrian control signal showing the words “WALK” or “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or other approved symbol is in place, the signal shall indicate as follows:

(a) “WALK” or approved “Walking Person” symbol. A pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown.

(b) Flashing or steady “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol. No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol is showing.

Amended Ch. 413, Stats. 1981. Effective January 1, 1982.”