Walruses, walruses everywhere down in the 94104.
It’s payback time:
You want to see democracy in action? Simply go to all the meetings involving “Area Q” and then push and push and maybe the SFMTA will eventually throw you a bone by including or excluding your block from this or that parking scheme. It’s too late to get started now, but, you know, for next time.
Remember, you’re not paying for parking, you’re paying the SFMTA to prevent others, the auslanders, from parking in “your” neighborhood.
Oh, and here’s what doesn’t work – standing betwixt the SFMTA and a pot of money it really wants:
No no, the SFMTA has already decided it’s up for the job of creating and profiting (managing, they call it) from the Q.
Area Q is a done deal, more or less.
This is typical, this is routine – people parking on Masonic northbound and then jaywalking across five lanes of traffic to get to Trader Joe’s #100 and then jaywalking again back to their rides
Why do people do this? Well, ’cause getting from northbound Masonic to southbound, which is the only way to get into the parking lot, is a PITA. Drivers are banned from simply turning left into the parking lot because that would end up blocking half of northbound Masonic, and of course Masonic is the Great Connector betwixt The Avenues and the Place Where People Want To Be.
And even if you get yourself facing southbound, you still have to queue up to get into TJ’s ridiculously small parking lot. Hey, couldn’t they have built an underground garage? Well, sure, but you’d have to talk with the Planning Department about that. And hey, couldn’t they have built parking on the roof? Well, sure, and actually they did but you’d have to talk with the Planning Department about that because the average shopper isn’t allowed to park on the roof.
And actually, the current parking situation is better than before. Our vaunted Planning Department did a very poor job with this project and now we’re left with a kludgy fix that commits part of Masonic to TJ’s shoppers idling and parking and waiting.
So that’s the situation, that’s why people say I-don’t-wanna-deal-with-all-that and simply park on northbound Masonic on the east side of the street.
And that’s fine, that’s legal, but then the shoppers see that northbound Masonic has long stretches when it’s empty (because drivers need to wait at a red for a long time to let traffic on Geary go through) and they see a bunch of stalled traffic on southbound Masonic (because of the shoppers queuing up and also to wait at a red for a long time to let traffic on Geary go through). So they march across 30 MPH Masonic to get to the store.
How many TJs shoppers do this on a busy day? IDK, hundreds. It’s their thing, it’s their routine.
So can you die doing this? Sure. Does TJ’s know about this situation? Sure. I don’t see how they couldn’t be aware. I mean, when you have journalists calling up your store asking about how somebody died, I assume that you’re aware of the situation.
What’s the solution? Well, people’d be safer walking down to Geary and crossing legally, but they all already know that.
You see the problem is that they don’t know how dangerous it is to do what they’re doing.
Hey, you know how many people die at Ocean Beach during a typical year? A lot. So many theat they have a special sign:
How about similar signs for shoppers at this unique store:
People Jaywalking Have Died Here
How about that?
Unique situations call for unique signs, right?
Are you going to do anything at all, Trader Joe’s #100?
An “experience beyond ownership,” whatever that meant.
Now here’s another on 19th Avenue, just recently:
So what, your wife spends $1000-something bucks to have two bros deliver a Lambo to your office on a Friday afternoon and then you’ll be a big macher for the weekend?
I’ll tell you, this business makes no sense in Frisco.
I’m not sure when CW Nevius SF Coyote Hysteria hit its peak – I think it was a year or two after he moved to town, so it must have been a year or two ago. Here’s a sample, where the SF newcomer uses the term “we” as if he were a long-timer:
So how many people have been nipped at by San Francisco coyotes since the Era of Alarmism? How about zero? Compare that with the number of people hospitalized from dog attacks over the same period. Mmmm…
Anyway, there are more signs than usual on the East Si-iiide of the park these days:
And here’s some mockery of these now-famous coyote signs, from back in the day
Well, this is refreshing, this new bit from the SFBC.
You see, they used to go around telling peds that peds “always” have the right of way.*
But, the always is now gone from their new materials.
Do you think the SFBC learned something from this tiny WordPress blog?
To review, telling peds they always have the right of way is always the wrong thing to do.
*That was all the way back in 2012, except now this old SFBC posting is down the memory hole, lost forever. Also lost forever are the SFBC’s tax forms, which used to be posted but now are hidden away, oh well.
Like all these tickets are fake, per the SFPD:
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So if you try to use your fake ticket at the box office it won’t work, sorry.
Here’s a close-up from from Cornell Banard:
How can you tell a fake from a real ticket? I don’t think you can.
Many many fakes are out there:
@KimKardashian I got sold a fake ticket to outside lands fest to see Kanye!! Can you help me????
Waiting around by boxoffice watching all manner of teary-eyed white 20-somethings stomp away screaming on phones abt fake tix
Don’t buy tickets from scalpers. Judging by the amount of tears at the entry gate, they are almost all fake. Duh.
So, choose wisely.
(You can always try to go over or under The Wire, but that kind of thing probably won’t work.)