Archive for the ‘streets’ Category

TMI, Broadway Tunnel – Too Many Significant Digits

Monday, August 29th, 2016

I prolly would have rounded up to like 500 feet to the left and 400 feet to the right. I prolly also would have thrown in meters as well, for all our Euro friends. Prolly.

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You know, give people less to think about in an emergency…

“I’ll Take BOXY THINGS WE DON’T NEED ANYMORE for $400, Alex!” – A Scene from The Richmond

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Do we need cars anymore? IDK, but we have more registered in the history of Frisco right now, just saying. Anyway, this boxy 1973 BMW 2002 is totally max:

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But the cathode ray tube (CRT) TV abandoned on the Avenues? Nobody wants that, obvs.

And the USPS letter box? It doesn’t get so much use anymore, but just try taking it away – you’ll hear howls of protest with a quickness I’m sure. (Or people’d email their complaints, more likely, these days.)

Which box do you prefer?

Uh, the Homeless Tents are Back – On Division, Under the I-80 – This is Exactly What November 2015 Looked Like

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

First one tent, then another, and then, around Thanksgiving 2015, there was a whole line of tents on both sides of Division, 13th Street, or whatever this French Connection-style road is called.

August 20, 2016:

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At that time last year, I was thinking that the SFPD was going easy on the homeless having to do with the end-of-the-year holidays, or the (anticipated) El Niño rainstorms, and I also wondered if preparations for the unexpectedly expensive and unpopular corporate party for the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl were a factor.

These days, I know that tents with cheap but functional fiberglas poles can be had for like $25, which seems a lot cheaper than what I can recall that the old North Face Outlet sold aluminum-poled tents for, even at a super duper discount.

Those are the four factors I can think of for why 2015 became the Year of Sidewalk Tents in Frisco.

Anyway, these tents are back, as of August 2016.

Tableau: 7-Eleven, 6-Twenty One AM, 5-Sixty Four Market – How Would You Like To Work In This Fishbowl?

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

I guess the floor-to-ceiling windows discourage crime?

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24-7, baby.

Driving to the Work in the Financial on Your $1000, Two-Stroke GO-PED – Waaaarrrrrrhhhhh!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

It’s new, it’s you

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Two-stroke engines are disfavored these days, of course.

This “COMING SOON FOR LEASE” Sign on Our Hibernia Bank Building Might Have Made Sense a Year Ago…

Friday, August 12th, 2016

…but not now, in late Summer, Aught-Sixteen:

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Does this building represent the “revitalization* of the Tenderloin,” or the opposite?

OIOW:

“Even if these improvements can be made [and oh, they were, to the tune of $18 million or so], one must ask if it is worth the trouble. The building will still be sitting in the middle of the worst of Mid-Market.”

*Something promised each and every year I’ve lived in Frisco…

An Early Morning Wake-Up Call on Market Near 4th – Somebody Sleeps Here Every Night

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The green “Pedmount” newsrack was just one of Willie Brown’s bad ideas for Market Street:

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These dark green structures, some 1 feet tall, were supposed to be “beautiful.” See the beautiful ad for, what, area slot machines?

Anyway, what do you see here?

The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit … Rides an Electric Unicycle, ‘Cause This is Frisco, in 2016

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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Who’s Repeatedly Skating Off of Your Building in the Western A to Make a Video? These Guys

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Remember, “DON’T SNITCH ON CRIME.”

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Remember, if it’s not on video, it didn’t happen.

All right, let’s get ready for take 27 – let’s get this right, people…

Oh, I Guess the Hated / Beloved Pedestrian Bridge over Geary at Webster is Going to Stay After All? – Geary BRT Update

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Look at all this stuff our SFCTA was going to do:

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Note “Roadway redesign – mid 2016”

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Well guess what – the SFCTA / SFMTA recently caved, so the Bridge Over The River Geary will remain at Webster.

So all these meetings were a big success, or a huge failure for the SFCTA, depending on how you look at it.

And look at all the Haterade that the SFCTA poured over the pedestrian bridges of Geary – and this is just 20% of the references made:

In the Japantown and Fillmore areas, there are closed crosswalks and circuitous pedestrian bridges that are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

In the Japantown area, as depicted in Figure 1-6, some aspects that discourage pedestrian movement and activity include narrow medians and circuitous pedestrian bridges that intimidate some and are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

Spanning Geary Boulevard are two pedestrian bridges at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections, where closed crosswalks limit pedestrians‟ ability to cross Geary Boulevard at ground level. These overcrossings are several decades old and, although they provide separation from traffic, are often perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing Geary Boulevard due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users‟ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hindering the mobility of people with disabilities.

Pedestrian bridges at Steiner Street and Webster Street: These two pedestrian overcrossings would be removed, to eliminate conflicts between these structures‟ piers and the proposed bus lanes, as well as to provide new pedestrian crossings at street grade.

Two pedestrian bridges span Geary Boulevard at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections. The grade-separated walkways allow pedestrians to cross over Geary Boulevard. These overcrossings are several decades old and are perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users’ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to their average inclines exceeding the ADA standard of a five percent maximum grade (i.e. a slope increasing in elevation by five feet for every 100 feet in length), which makes wheelchair crossings difficult.

Like I said, this is just 20% of the vitriol our SFCTA spewed upon these two bridges in just one document. I get the feeling these SFCTA people would say just about anything to get nine figures from the Feds. I mean if the Feds would give the SFCTA $100,000,000 to recommend keeping everything on Geary EXACTLY THE SAME FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS, then I’ll bet the we would have gotten a document what extols the virtues of these bridges.

Anyway, the Webster bridge is staying, that’s the news.