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Vaunted Panhandle “Transformation” Project Appears to be Mostly the Addition of Green Garbage Cans on Concrete Pads

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Here it is, more neighborhood minutiae.

When did this project start? I forget, a half-year ago? You can see an old-school can in the background. I guess they’ll take it out soon? (They used to have a recycling catcher for aluminum cans up top, but I guess that system didn’t work out, and a lot of the time your bottle/can would go straight down into the garbage pile anyway oh well. Sometimes I leave recycling atop the cans, for recyclers, but RPD don’t like recyclers I’ve noticed, and these new-school cans are curved up top as you can see.)

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People thought that they’d put benches in here, but obviously not.

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(I don’t get SFGov, man. Are garbage cans good or not? Sometimes they are, apparently, but you can’t find a one in Dolores Park these days. And yet, they just added a bunch of cans on the Valencia Mission corridor. And right around these places you can see in the Panhandle here, they’ve taken out cans, to fight rats, I guess, but now they’re adding more in the same basic place. And for that matter, is free parking for cars on Sundays good or bad? Our SFGov can’t seem to decide. First it’s good, then it’s bad, and now it’s good again, and there are proposals to get rid of it again. This is like over a period of what, three-four years? And our SFMTA seemed to like traffic for a while there, but now it’s against traffic, particularly when it’s caused by UBER Lyft. Etc.)

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You know man, down in some place like Mexico City, they decide to put garbage cans someplace and then they do it, no muss no fuss. It doesn’t take a year, it takes like a week. The local government doesn’t boast about how great it is with endless signage and marketing and it doesn’t tell us how we should all support the area’s unpopular, appointed Mayor. So IDK, Man.

Anyway, there are still a few concrete pads unfinished, so there might be a few more benches going in. And I guess we got LED streetlamps last year (so now when they’re shining all day long in the daytime, they use less juice).

But many places in the world have garbage cans, and LED lighting for that matter. Like all over the place, the Central Valley, for example. And yet they don’t have this whole self-congratulatory hullaballoo about “transforming” the “streetscape” or whathaveyou.

Oh, and another thing. People fall down on the horrible, unmaintained surface of the Panhandle walking path along Oak like every day/week. Do you know that Rec and Park? Oh you have claims filed against you from joggers and others so you do know that? But you don’t really care? OK. OK fine.

And, needless to say, the Panhandle is still the same place as it’s been the past half-century. There will be no “transformation,” anytime soon. Sry.

Anyway.

Rent a Horse in Frisco – This is What It Looks Like

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

All the deets:

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This 2016 Christmas Tree Looks As If It Will Make It All the Way to Christmas 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

As seen perched in a large Indian laurel fig (Ficus Retusa) on a sidewalk abutting the mean Streets of San Francisco in April 2017:

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How to Stick It To The Man (Our SFMTA) with an OREGON License Plate – ONE SIMPLE TRICK! – But Beware

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Let’s see if we can’t interpolate this abandoned SFMTA / MUNI / DPT citation here.

What’s this, an Oregon license plate? Well, that’s going to make it tough on the SFMTA to cite or tow you (depending) for something like expired registration, right? And that’s just for starters. Like, say you don’t ever pay your tickets, you just laugh and toss them down on the street – how is our SFMTA going to get the CA DMV to help collect money during annual registration time? It can’t. And what’s this, it’s hard to even ID your car because you’ve covered over the Vehicle Identification Number? Clever girl. Except…

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If you piss off the wrong SFMTAPCO, you just might get towed for covering over your VIN.

AND, once you get five tickets and you don’t pay them, you will get towed, with a quickness. And then you’re going to have to pay off all your old tickets and late fees before you can get your ride back.

And of course, if you’re now living in Frisco, you need to get CA plates very quickly anyway, for various reasons.

OTOH, if you’re heading back home soon and never coming back, I suppose you might get away with parking almost wherever whenever you want for a short period of time.

Choose wisely. as this is a risky game…

DUAL WIELDING: Your Jeans have TWO Rear Pockets, So You Should Carry TWO U-Locks on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Thusly:

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If dual wielding works for Laura Croft…

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…it just might work for you.

There Should Be a Traffic Signal Here at the Start of JFK Drive in GGP – This Photo Shows Why

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

This JFK inbound at Kezar, on the way to Oak.

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It gets backed up, as you can see.

This congestion is a function of the lights at Oak and Stanyan. The cars you see here dribble through the stop sign one by one. It could easily take five minutes or more for the cars you see here to make it through, oh well…

NIMBYS are Made, Not Born: The Taking of Alexandria 1 2 3

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

I never saw the original ALEXANDRIA way out there in the Richmond, but I did see the (gun-free) 20th Anniversary release of ET in the subdivided three-screen Alex 123 in back aught-two just afore it shut down forever in aught-four.

It’s been an empty hulk, a brokedown palace ever since:

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Now here’s the reverse angle with new housing going in to replace the parking lot:

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One stated goal of this project and others similar is to lower the value of housing, or at least lower the pressure on housing values, in the Richmond District. If you’re sitting across the street in your owner-occupied house THIS PROJECT DOES NOT BENEFIT YOU.

And the kicker is YES, IT WILL BE HARDER TO PARK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

All you can say for sure is that there will be pros and cons with this project, and others similar. There will be winners and losers. It’s easy to ID the losers is what I’m saying…

 

Endless Summer, Ocean Beach

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

On a dreaded sunny day…

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The Only Thing Better than Finding an Abandoned Christmas Tree in February is Seeing This Spooky Stoop Pumpkin in March

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Bad things happen to Christmas trees tossed out too late – as seen in February 2017:

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And here’s your invitation for trick or treat, as seen on Ashbury in March 2017:

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Frisco 2017 is Nothing But a Giant Construction Zone

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

FBOW.

And I’m talking mostly about street projects. I’ve never seen things this bad. Or good, depending on how you look at it…

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Everywhere.

C-town, Western A, SoMA, the Richmond, Bush Pine corridor for starters.

The biggest issue is where do all these out of towners park their full-sized Ford, Chevy, GMC or Dodge Ram pickups. They struggle to park legally is what I’m saying.

Anyway, I’ve never seen it like this, in all my years…