Archive for the ‘streets’ Category

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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Proposed Figure 8 for Twin Peaks: Let’s See if SFGov’s Half-Ass Overgoverning is Better than Its Half-Ass Undergoverning

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

“No offense Homer, but your half-ass under-parenting was a lot more fun than your half-ass over-parenting.”

Joe Kukura does a good job here of explaining our SFMTA’s Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project.

Losing one lane of traffic should be no problem, but I don’t know where our tourists will be able to park after the SFMTA gets through.

They kind of make things up on their own now.

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The fourth of July is prolly the busiest day of the year up here, for the fogworks shows you might be able to see some years

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Rec and Park has no idea what it’s doing, as you can see, as per usual. What did they do, just put up some signs and walk away?

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Anyway, that’s the update from the Wild West…

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A Brief History of Division Street’s Homeless People in Tents, 2015-2016 – Plus Theories: El Nino v. Super Bowl 50

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Well, let’s go way back for starters, back when the Bicycle Thieves Of San Francisco aimed to steal your entire bike. They’d sometimes get caught with stolen bikes and car jacks.*

But these days, it’s bike parts thieves seem to settle for, so cyclists need to protect not just the frame but also the wheels, the saddle and the headset, and other bits too, if you can.

So that means that today’s bike thief needs room to store stuff and that’s where Division Street comes in. It’s been a good place to park a vehicle or pitch a tent without being bothered too much, plus it’s close to the action – it’s close to 7th and Market and the Main Library.

This is what things looked like under the I-80 before Fall 2015 as I remember things:

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This is how I remember things being for a decade or two.

But then all of a sudden, instead of a few tents here and there, a bunch of tents popped up. They filled up practically every possible space in lines that stretched from Costco #144 all the way to South Van Ness. I’m guessing this occurred  anywhere from mid-to-late November 2015 to early December at the latest.

This is part of the north (aka west) side of Division on Dec. 13th:

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Compare that with this shot of the same place on Dec. 9th

And this is the other side of the street closer to 10th Street at the end of December:

 

 

 

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I’ll tell you, most of these hundreds of people are NOT bike thieves.

So why did they show up here at the end of 2015?

The Holidays? I could see why the SFPD et al might want to ignore things until after Thanksgiving, Christmas and whatnot.

El Nino? This would be a good place to stay out of most of the rain, of course, and the forecast was for lots of it coming soon.

Super Bowl 50? The corporate party part of Super Bowl 50 had lots of knock-on effects for SFGov – it seemed like each and every SF Department was gearing up. At the time I thought, well, this doesn’t look too good either, if this is the alternative to homeless people hanging out near Super Bowl City in the Financial.

Availability of Tents? I remember seeing truck upon truck delivering stuff here, something like an FM radio station with “Chuy in the Morning” written on the side, something like that. So sure, food, but tents too? IDK.

Those are some ideas, anyway.

I don’t know, if SFGov cleans out all these tents in February 2016, will that end shoplifting at Rainbow Grocery?

We’ll find out soon enough.

Anyway, that’s your brief history of the tents on Division from 2015-2016.

*Stolen from the trunks of boxy Volvos. It was a thing.