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1965 Page Street vs. Whole Foods Haight Street: “Bad Neighbors!” – A Kramer-esque Campaign

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Well, it’s not much yet, but this is the biggest reaction I’ve seen so far to the relatively new Whole Foods outlet at the end of Haight Street near Stanyan.

Do you see this Kramer-esque sign hanging off the back of 1965 Page? It’s new.

See?

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Cf. Cosmo Kramer vs. Kenny Rogers Roasters, Inc.

Now I don’t know what these NIMBYs paid for that sign but I’d imagine something like hundreds of dollars. Most passersby weren’t aware of it, cause of how and where it’s hung. But go to the northeast corner of the parking lot and then look northeast and you’ll be sure to find it. (WF employees were doing just that yesterday afternoon, having a laugh.)

MisssAnthrope49 has the details on YouTube.

And I guess that this is the FaceBook page?

Whole Foods Inc Bad Neighbor :-( ” “This page is for those who have unresolved neighborhood noise issues with Whole Foods Markets, Inc. Please share your experience, links, pictures, videos. Invite others, anywhere in the universe. Support your local markets.”

(You don’t have a website yet, NIMBYs?)

Now, I’ll tell you, the parking lot at this Whole Foods fills up with regularity, cause it’s too small. (And that’s just the way “the neighbors” or the Planning Department or somebody wanted it to be. By design.) So I don’t know how the people who wanted a small parking lot have the right to complain about a small parking lot. Anyway, the way Trader Joes Masonic handled the parking issue was to take over parking spaces on the right side of southbound Masonic in partnership with the City. (I mean, first you’ve got to exist, and then you can address the issues what pop up, that’s how you’ve got to do it.)

The parking lot attendants at this particular WF will direct shoppers into non-existent spots in front of the store, you know, in order to pack the largest number of cars into the lot. Of course there are signs telling drivers not to block Stanyan, but nobody pays attention to them.

We’ll just have to wait to see how this one turns out.

In the meantime, meet your new NIMBY neighbors, so far:

Susan Leas LathamLeda Nevin AguirreHolly EdsonSoumyaa Kapil BehrensJohnson HorTed DeLongVanessa PictonGabriel HaalandKenneth HeikkilaFran GentryLoraine Cruz CummingsDarlene PolankaMichelleNoel WelchElizabeth KirchnerRichard IvanhoeDickie Clark

Oh, and here’s something that people actually noticed, back in the day, on Stanyan:

This building on Stanyan can be seen from all over, so it would be a better location to launch an anti-grocery store campaign, IMO.

Oh well.

And nascent NIMBY’s, the time to attack Progress is before the gro sto goes in. I mean, did you expect the parking lot to be empty all the time? Did you expect the food to be teleported in via Wonka-Vision?

Oh well.

To close, here are some palliative cliches from Whole Foods itself:

“Sent: Thu, August 25, 2011 7:02:26 PM
Subject: RE: HVAC at 690 Stanyan Street

Susan,
Whole Foods Market Haight Street store has received your concerns regarding HVAC noise. We take all our neighbors’ concerns and questions seriously and work to accommodate requests whenever and wherever possible. The neighborhood we serve is extremely important to us and we want to be a good community member.  We had our HVAC service company come to double check that all the adjustments that we have made the past few months were still up to par . There were only two minor adjustments needed.

While we are within the legal limits for noise required by the city, Whole Foods Market Haight has made many adjustments in response to HVAC inquiries, including:
o   We reprogrammed the HVAC system to shut down between 8PM and 8AM to reduce noise when people are home
o   We also changed our thermostat settings two degrees lower so the heat would kick on later in the morning
o   We installed sound dampening devices on all our rooftop condensing fans
o   We had our own acoustic, electric and HVAC engineers come out to test and fine tune our system for noise reduction and ensure we were within our legal limits
o   Additionally, we had the Department of Public Health Environmental  Services come back out to re-test and ensure we were operating within the legal limits

While the adjustment to any new neighbor may take some time, we truly hope we can peacefully co-exist with our neighbors in the Haight”

That New Whole Foods in Haight Ashbury is Actually Working Pretty Good Already

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Well, looks as if Whole Foods is doing fine in the 94117 these days since opening last week. Everybody seems happy and the long-promised free samples are flowing like what you’d see at Costco on a Saturday afternoon. Take a peek, why not?
 
But what’s this, the everyday price for a can of black beans is less than a dollar? Quelle surprise!
 
Now, here’s a scene you’ll just have to get used to: an aging, go-to-hell Volvo blocking a new Toyota Prius on Stanyan while waiting to get into the lot:

But three parking lot attendants (seems a bit overstaffed but whatever) and a uniformed security guard seemed to have things under control when I dropped by. 
 
(Shoplifters will have a tougher time practicing their craft at this super as compared to the predecessor, one might guess)
 
Bon Courage Whole Foods Haight Ashbury!

Haight Ashbury Whole Foods’ Good Food Celebration a Huge Success – Graffiti All Cleaned Up – Opening Feb 16th

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

La Cocina’s Global to Local Food Festival went off today without a hitch at the Stanyan Street parking lot of our soon-to-open Whole Foods Upper Haight.

Check it. No millionaire NIMBYs in this particular shot, but they were out in force today. (They’s everywhere.)

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Sadly, beer imbibers were walled off from the rest of the crowd:

But look! Almost all of the graffiti is gone:

Wet paint, indeed.

All’s that’s left to do is count the days until the Feb. 16th Grand Opening.

Bon Courage, WFHA!

OMG, the Haight-Ashbury Whole Foods Opens Feb. 16th! But Our Graffiti Artists Aren’t Waiting Around

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

[UPDATE: Hey, have you heard any boycott talk about this gro sto? No? Me neither. Oh, wait, that's right, this joint is outside the Fiefdom of NIMBY Valley. Carry on...]

Remember back in the day, when taggers only graffitoed buildings nearby our still-under-construction Whole Foods?

Good times:

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Well now the little monsters are back, but this time they’re lifting their legs on the store itself.

Check it – here’s what Jackson Fuller, Your San Francisco Real Estate Team has recently documented:

Via Matt Fuller, GRI

Oh snap!

It begins.

But please, urban artists, cease forthwith. You don’t want to make adorable WF “Haight Community Liason” Nicole Watt cry, do you?

O.K. then.

But I’m sure they’ll have the  scribblings cleaned up in time for the Sacred Bread (I’m seriously – they have some weird traditions down Texas Way) ceremony on Opening Day, Wednesday, February 16th 2011, ZOMG!

See?

Bon Courage, Whole Foods Haight!

“Whole Paycheck” – Graffiti Artists of Haight Ashbury Give a Warm Welcome to Whole Foods

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

This is the scene at the end of Haight Street these days. Seems that someone is displeased with the Whole Foods moving in.

Nevertheless, this new gro sto should be open by Christmas 2010…

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Work Starts on Haight Street Whole Foods. Plus, Meet Community Liason Nicole Watt

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

The fenced-off Whole Foods worksite at Haight and Stanyan is no longer a public parking lot:

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And here’s a kind of analog Facebookpage / Dewar’s Profile introducing our “Community Liason” – when NIMBYs need handholding or another box of tissues, Nicole Watt is the one for the job:

Look forward to the oppportunity to buy expensive food and whatnot by the end of 2010.

Haight Ashbury Hearts Texas-Based Whole Foods – New Store Coming to Stanyan

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Didn’t make it to the entire meeting of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council yesterday but everything seemed pretty copacetic from what I could see.  A representative from Whole Foods made a presentation about their proposed store at 690 Stanyan. Then came the Q and A:

Will they have organic food? Yes. Will they have stuff on sale sometimes? Yes. That’s how it went.

Attention developers – this is the kind of get-together you need to hold before you can begin developing in San Francisco. Paying thousands of dollars a year to nearby community groups, as Sutro Tower, Inc. does, might also help but outreach meetings like these are mandatory. Just saying.

The next stop is a rubber stamp from the Planning Commission on January 28th. Then you can look forward to having a place to shop for Thanksgiving in Autumn. 

Hooray!

A New Whole Foods at 690 Stanyan – The Spate in the Haight, Thursday, Thursday, Thursday!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

It’s all going down this Thursday, January 14th, 2010, at the Park Branch Library on Page Street in the Upper Haight – representatives from Whole Foods will be on hand to discuss their proposed new store at Stanyan and Haight.

Get some history on this projecto here, courtesy of Curbed SF. And read “the whole story” from purported “fossil”Calvin Welch right here

The proposed residences upstairs are no longer in the works but there’s still lots to argue about. Grab your pink popcorn and show up at the library at 7:00 PM for the next Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Community Meeting:

See you there!*

*At the meeting, not at Whole Foods, which is too rich for my blood.