I’m guessing no, they do not.
I suppose I harp on this Trader Joe’s issue…
And here’s the caboose of this jaywalking / jay-running train:
I’ve been tilting at this windmill for a while now. At first on SFist back about 2007 or so and then on this tiny blog. The first TJ’s shopper death came a few years back. The next will come tomorrow or next year or in another five years, something like that.
What’s that, the speed limit here is 25 MPH and cars come through “speeding” all the time? Well, not really. Average speed for southbound traffic is fairly low. And for northbound, it’s not all that fast either. And oh, the limit on this stretch of Masonic is 30 MPH.
What’s that, Planning and DPW and the all-knowing, all-seeing SFMTA have a plan for Masonic and it’s coming soon? Well, not really. The project wasn’t as “shovel-ready as promised so they’ve loaned the Masonic-designated pork for other stuff. A “new” Masonic will eventually come, but not above Geary and TJ’s and all the photos you can see are all from north of Geary.
That’s the update for 2015.
I suppose I’ve been harping on this issue over the years.
Who created this problem? SFGOV, including the Planning Department, for starters.
Who can do a better job of fixing things? SFGOV, including the SFMTA, for starters. And IDK, SFPD and DPW? And Trader Joe’s as well.
Here’s a recent example, just a couple of Bros on the west side of Masonic wanting to get to a parked car on the east side, just above the SFMTA’s Presidio Yard. (Note that they might not even be TJ’s customers, but their transit across four lanes of traffic is at the same place where shoppers do it.)
All these southbound cars have stopped for the red light at Geary. So far, so good:
But uh oh, cars are now coming up from Geary in the northbound lanes – it’s time to rethink and try again later:
Or, in this case, spend 2.5 minutes going down the hill to Geary, wait for the green light, and then ascend back up Masonic.
This is the choice people face. Sometimes they err and get hit by a car.
I’ll tell you, if you look at the death rate in Frisco due to earthquakes the past century vs. the death rates of Trader Joe’s shoppers jaywalking in front of TJ#100 the past decade or so, they’re about the same.
What can SFGov and TJ’s do now to fix things, to account for Human Nature?
Here you go:
You see, back last year:
“The university was waiting for facts to be established by a court of law before undertaking any action.”
Man, that’s an absurdly high standard, in’nt? It’s like a Mayor Willie Brown standard, right?
Oh, here’s USF’s latest – a newer/better standard:
‘”The volume and nature of these allegations are deeply disturbing, and the University of San Francisco (USF) takes sexual assault seriously. USF leaders are closely monitoring the legal developments surrounding Mr. Cosby to determine the proper next steps regarding his honorary degree.'”
Ah, there we go.
But what’s this?
“In recent days, Noah Zimmerman, an alumnus of USF, unhappy with his alma mater’s association with Cosby, alerted me to the scrubbing of the communications office’s page containing a news release about Cosby receiving the honorary degree.”
So USF, you keep the webpage up but you delete its text?
I’ll tell you, in all my years, I aint never seen this kind of thing.
In the words of Petrelis:
“Quite odd to delete the body of the page but leave the headline intact.”
Oh, here’s the former text, right here, and what the Heck, after the jump as well.
Let’s see, how to close. Take it away, Mike:
“Meanwhile, it was time yesterday for USF to find its spine on their relationship with Cosby and finally take full and substantive stand on the allegations and such piling up against him. Two terse statements in eight months just don’t cut it.”
But now there’s this, your Coca Cola Fiesta Variety Pack, featuring cane sugar Sprite and cane sugar Orange Fanta:
The expected rejoinder from Pepsi? Sugar cane 7-Up and sugar cane Orange Crush, of course.
We would circle and we’d circle and we’d circle
To stop and consider and centered on the pavement
Stacked up all the trucks jacked up and our wheels
In slush and orange crush in pocket and all this here county
Hell, any county
It’s just like heaven here
And I was remembering and I was just in a different county and all
Then this whirlybird that I headed for I had my goggles pulled off;
I knew it all
I knew every back road and every truck stop
First it was all like this, with a seven pointed star, for Color of Authority:
But now it’s all like this, with SFMTA instead of MTA and the new logo the SFMTA stole a few years back. (Hey I wonder if they ever worked things out with those people in Chicago…)
Is this an improvement? I can’t tell. (Like, is relabeling the accurately-named 5L Limited the inaccurately-named 5R “Rapid” an “improvement?”)
Now when homeowners with garages see red curbs they say, “Goshdarnit, I need a red curb too!” But then they’ll discover all the SFGov red tape they’ll need to cut through, and all the green they’ll have to fork over, so they’ll paint their curbs red, you know, unofficially.
And then SFGov will come along to paint over the curbs in grey and On It Goes…
(And, you know, this is just my guess, as I generally don’t directly speak with the MUNI people because we’re far apart on many issues. And, oddly, these two curbs shown in the photos are right next to each other and they both have new looking paint…)
Via Nuala Sawyer:
(Now I’ll tell you, whenever I leave bloody footprints, the trail generally, how do you say, attenuates as I move on. Moving on…)
Sure seems curious that this trail starts at the more-trafficked part of the NoPA / Western Addition and leads to 601 Broderick, the “THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD” house, which, of course, used to be Gethsemane Baptist Church.
And then this building got sold for $5 million(!) as a Single Family Home.
And now it stands out, IMO, in an area of expensive houses.
Oh, here you go, CurbedSF’s Tracy Elsen called these transactions “our absolute favorite flip of the year.”
And here’s some assigned reading from Building Talker James Hill
But of course, I don’t know who did what to create those imprints…
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.