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Propaganda Watch: Masonic Avenue “Streetscape” Project Roundup

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Well, here’s the news:

$26 million plan to slow speeding traffic on SF’s Masonic Avenue

This piece is surprisingly evenhanded.

Hey, does any other government agency in Frisco spend so much time and energy promoting itself as the SFMTA? I can’t think of one.

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So we’re going to take out the old trees that are already here to put in L.A. style trees and this is going to Change Everything? IDTS.

(Fundamentally, the SFMTA isn’t a safety agency, it’s an employment agency, oh well.)

But we’ll just have to wait and see how things shake out, add up all the pros and cons maybe a year or so after things get finished. Masonic won’t be changed all that much – it will still be slow and congested, more so, actually, and there will still be accidents. It’s not going to become an Injury-Free Vision Zero Corridor, with or without trees. Sorry.

Anyway, here’s some SFMTA propaganda that we pay for:

Masonic Ave Transformation Breaks Ground in June

  1. This project will not “transform” Masonic. It’ll basically be the same.
  2. Masonic will not end up being “much safer.”And nearby areas will become less safer, right? How will this all add up? We’ll see…
  3. The sewer system underneath is not “centuries-old.”
  4. How does the SFMTA know now when this lengthy project will end by “the end of 2017?” It doesn’t.
  5. Masonic is not “one of the flattest streets in the area.”
  6.  Masonic will not become “safer and better for everyone.”
  7.  Masonic doesn’t not prioritize “only car traffic.”
  8.  All long, busy streets in Frisco qualify as “high injury corridors,” so that doesn’t make it “distinct” in any way, shape or form.
  9.  Question-time: Are severely drunk drivers killing people on Masonic a human behavior problem or a streetscape problem?
  10. Uh, Vision Zero 2024 promises to eliminate all transportation-related injuries by 2024 and in perpetuity. This impossible “goal” will never be attained, certainly not for all the Streets of San Francisco and certainly not for this 3000 foot stretch of Masonic, so VZ2024 is the wrong way of looking at things, sry. It’s more a marketing thing. Framing they call it. We’ll have a new vocabulary by the time 2024 rolls around, I can promise you that.
  11. So if 501 “neighbors” now signed a petition to cancel this project, the SFMTA would then do that?
  12. Oh boy, here comes the laundry list at the bottom. This project will slow down MUNI during the morning and evening drives – that’s one of the “main trade-offs.” Of course, our SFMTA turned down the chance to test things out by shutting down the rush hour lanes for a day, oh well.
  13. Hey, will rejiggering street parking on Turk “increase safety” on Turk? We’ll see.
  14. “Residential Parking Area Q” is basically a jobs program for MUNI. We could talk about that sometime.

Lotta’s Fountain Entombed

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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Nobody checked with me on this.

Anyway, somebody climbed up there a few days ago, you know, naked.

And here’s how things looked back in the day:

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What’ll happen next at San Francisco Designated Landmark #73?

Urbanist-Style, Designerly Street Lights vs. Regular Old Street Lights – What’s the Difference?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The new ones are in the back, on Divisadero:

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If you can see some great difference betwixt the stylings of these street AND you think it’s a great idea to tax the Little People in order to replace perfectly good, utilitarian, existing street lights, then YOU’RE a part of the problem.

Sry.

Our SFMTA’s Plan to “Increase Access” at Twin Peaks WIll Actually Decrease Access – Trying to Figure the Figure 8

Friday, April 8th, 2016

IDK, man. On the one hand, SFGov promotes the 49-Mile-Drive, but OTOH, SFGov wants to make it more difficult.

Take a look here down below – where are all these cars going to go after this plan gets going?

The plan, advertised as one what would “increase access,” will decrease access, obviously. Parking areas will be decreased by a whole lot. Oh what’s that, that’s a good thing AFAYAC, Gentle Reader? Well, fine – but let’s agree that taking out scores of places for people to park is going to make for a less-busy Twin Peaks, for better or worse.

And hey, are these people glorious Pedestrians / People With Bikes or are they terrible, horrible People With Cars? One simply can’t tell. Some locals walk and bike up here, but I see very few tourists attempting to do so. Mostly they come by tour bus or car, FWICS.

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On It Goes…

Street Date, Scooter Edition – Two Decades Ago, They’d be on RollerBlades – Two Decades from Now, What Then?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Consarnit, back in the day, Rollerblades were everywhere. They were king. Now, they’re gone.

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Now, it’s the Era of the Scooter…

Here are Your Expensive New “420 Day” Street Closures Coming April 20th, 2016 – THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC – Here’s a Map

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

IDK, man, I don’t really get this newfangled street closure scheme, which is going to make getting to the Sunset even harder this year:

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So each block of the Upper Haight will have its own PCO to check and see who lives where? I suppose so.

Anyway, this is news to me…

“420 Day Street Closures

Sharon Meadow Area Closures:

WB Fell @ Shrader Street – Vehicles traveling WB on Fell Street will be diverted from Fell Street onto NB Stanyan Street.

NB Stanyan @ Fell Street – Vehicles traveling NB on Stanyan Street will not be able to use Fell Street loop to WB Fell Street. All vehicles will be directed to stay on NB Stanyan Street.

WB John F. Kennedy Drive from Stanyan Street – No vehicular traffic allowed

EB Lincoln Way @ Kezar Drive – No vehicular traffic allowed.

WB Frederick Street at Kezar Dr./Lincoln Way – No vehicular traffic allowed.

NB Stanyan Street @ Frederick Street – No vehicular traffic allowed.

Haight Street Area Closures:

(Residents on the following streets will be allowed access with proof of residency)

Waller Street @ Shrader Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Cole Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Belvedere Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Clayton Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Ashbury Street – No NB traffic allowed

Masonic Ave. @ Haight Street – No WB traffic allowed on Haight Street

Masonic Ave. @ Page Street – No WB traffic allowed onto Page Street

Oak Street @ Shrader Street – No SB traffic allowed on Shrader Street

Oak Street @ Cole Street – No SB traffic allowed on Cole Street

Oak Street @ Clayton Street – No SB traffic allowed on Clayton Street

Oak Street @ Ashbury Street – No SB traffic allowed on Ashbury Street

420 Day Street Alternative Routes

The following streets will be open for NB and SB travel:

Masonic Avenue

Divisadero Street

The following streets will be open for WB and EB travel:

Geary Boulevard

Frederick Street as well as parallel streets south of Frederick Street will be open.

Notorious Excavator, Kicked Out of the Upper Haight, Then Illegally Parked in the Outer Richmond – What’s Next?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

I’ve never seen an earth mover painted like this:

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Used to see it parked on Waller.

It was involved with this fiasco last year.

Oh well.

The Street Lights of Hunters Point: Sodium, LED, Sodium, LED, Sodium, LED

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Say good-bye to high pressure sodium street lamps – their days are numbered:

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Good Times on Geary: Tech Bro Vaping Past Royal Ground Coffee on His $1000 Self-Balancing Unicycle Scooter

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Attracting stares from the olds inside:

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Bro was going block after block, making good time. He’s certainly faster than the #38R “Rapid” Limited bus from our horrible SFMTA.

[UPDATE: I saw an identical-looking Ninebot One scooter the next day on Geary as well so Consider This A Trend…]

Word on the Street, Tent-Filled Division Street, 94103 [Mildly NSFW]

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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