Bon appetit, bon courage…
Bon appetit, bon courage…
Here you go, writer CW Nevius becomes a guide for your ride through the gritty 6th and Market area – he’s been in Pentonville and he’s been in Battersea, he’s your Sightsee M.C:
1. If this is about the good, the not bad and the ugly of CW Nevius, let’s start with the Good. Check out these quotes:
“In the sunshine and rainbows world of Mayor Ed Lee…”
“…much-promised revitalization of Mid-Market.”
These are very un-Nevius. Could you imaging mayoral spokesmodel Christine Falvey ever taking this kind of tone when discussing our Dear Leader? I can’t. So this column is the rare instance of the Nevius holding a perspective from outside our reigning political establishment. These lines are in no way beat sweeteners / source greasers and that’s refreshing.
2. Instead of Nevius getting quotes from people in the Mid-Market and then holding those statements out as facts, here he generally lets the quotes speak for themselves. This is what reporters should be doing, so let’s classify that as Not Bad.
3. Now, it’s time for a little Ugly. Here comes the dogmatic Nevius with completely unsupported statements:
“It’s a fascinating moment in Mid-Market. We’re either reaching a critical tipping point, with new construction and businesses driving the revival, or smacking futilely into the familiar dynamic of poverty, drugs and scary sidewalk theater.”
“Because Mid-Market won’t change until the corner of Jones and Market changes.”
So, what makes 2014 different from 2013 or 2011 or 2007 or 1999 or any other year in the history of Mid-Market? That’s not stated. And where’s the support for the purported Malcolm Gladwell-esque “tipping point?” It’s like Chuck is sitting in a bar pontificating about how if the Giants hire some new pitcher they’ll either win the World Series or they’ll have the worst record in the Division. Doesn’t really make sense, huh? Perhaps, just perhaps, Mid-Market might just muddle through with some changes here and there and later on 2014 wont be seen as some watershed moment? Well, that probability simply isn’t allowed for in Nevius-land.
And what makes Market and Jones the supposed linchpin intersection out of all the others in the area? Again, the Neve doesn’t even offer a theory.
That’s the good, the not bad, and the ugly of CW Nevius on the topic of the Mid-Market of 2014.
Thusly. This was right next to Show Dogs, in the troubled Twitterloin.
Welcome to the Machine – may I kick you?
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Jean-Claude Van Damme here (look at his stance) considered her a nuisance, wanted her to go away from the sidewalk in front of MACHINE COFFEE.
For some reason.
Especially in SoMA during convention time.
Why? Because of The Constitution. Or a constitution. Or one of them. Or both. (If a Scott Wiener-type really worked on this issue, it might have an effect, IDK.)
And oh yeah, these trucks all have Nevada license plates, ever more insulation from the long arm of SFGov
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Look for more of these trucks during next month’s “March of Life” 2014 on the Embarcadero
“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…”
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IDK, actually this seems kind of pricey for a 10-12 pound boid.
But it’s cheaper than the repair cost for your backyard deck if you set it on fire trying to DIY of course.
Reviews are mixed.
Back in the day, back in the 1990′s, you could hear shift commanders just begging SFPD officers to work on a bike instead of a car. Extol the virtues of exercise they would.
I don’t know if things are like that these days.
Anyway, this is new to me, I don’t know how unusual it is.
IMO, it’s a good way for the SFPD to patrol this area:
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NB: Don’t tell area poverty pimp Randy Shaw that the northern blocks of 6th Street are effectively part of the Tenderloin these days. I don’t think he could handle it.
1. Hey, is a there a cracking large picket line* of construction workers at San Francisco’s failed Octavia “Boulevard” and Haight Street going on these days? Hell yes! Does it get started early in the AM? Apparently. Does it go 24-7? IDK. Does it sometime go around the block where a new building is going in?? Yes, with some people visible at Octavia and Market. This one writes itself, people!
2. Is there an empty jumbo jet from Emirates Airline just sitting around at SFO, just waiting to take Emirates Team New Zealand back Down Under except, uh oh, the team just can’t get its ninth victory in the America’s Cup Finals? Is it bad juju to plan on winning like this? (Some on the Team think so.) Or is it good planning? IDK. Anyway, I’d be looking for a big old honking Airbus A380 or a late-model Boeing 777. I mean, Emirates flies out of SFO all the time (they want to be the “hub for the world” and they just might make it someday) but they don’t have scheduled flights to NZ, that’s for sure. (Perhaps they always have a plane available for standby IDK)
3. The media covering the 34th America’s Cup boat race had no freaking idea that this debacle could go on for so long so they’ve lost their hotel reservations to the hard-charging Oracle OpenWorld convention? Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think? How is the AC having an economic impact if the town is full? What about the poor kiwi fans? Are they sleeping on couches these days? What about their plane tickets home?
4. The penalty for going outside of the America’s Cup rubric (basically meaning going straight to the New York Supreme Court, which confusingly is not the highest in that state) is that you lose the Cup. Well, if Larry Ellison has already lost the Auld Mug, say by next week, say by a very narrow margin, well then Katie bar the door. Remember the cheating penalty came from the International Jury that was set up by one LE and it was meant to punish not just the cheating but the environment allowed by management that is associated with the actions of all those people who were involved. LE has been involved in four ACs and he’s lost two of them so far. The time that he won he won in court, oh well. Oh and is there some international tax situation going on with Team NZ? Something to do with where certain people earn their pay. Maybe the International Jury will hear about this before this Cup ends? Just a rumour, Love.
5. Folsom Street inbound at 6th has been “improved” by SFGov in the recent past? Compare it with Folsom at 5th and Folsom at Fourth. I believe the yellow zebra stripes are au currant these days so that’s a clue. Now that right-turning truck was supposed to have pulled into the right lane, but is it a full lane? No it’s not. It’s been narrowed by the pedestrian bulb-out on the south side of the intersection, the place where that cyclist recently died in a collision. Did the bulb-out contribute to that death? Are bulb-outs bad for cyclists? Are they good for peds? Anyway, we don’t hear about similar deaths at old-school, unimproved 5th and Folsom…
6. The bicycle “sting” operations of citing cyclists for using the SFBC-approved Wiggle Route in the Lower Haight are back, baby. I don’t know if it’s every day that they do this, but last week two motorcycle cops had field days (as in more than one day, like on 9-17 and 9-20 for sure). Officer R. Scott parks his motorcycle and then points to all those people coming up from Duboce Park “1,2,3,4,5,6,” he says. Then everybody has to wait until he processes all the tickets for blowing the stop sign at Waller and Steiner, for instance. He says he’d rather be out answering the calls he gets on his radio, like an alleged hammer attack. Then he’ll talk about his Porsche. He’s extremely chill. So The CW Nevius and Stanley Roberts have been out there the past year, but the past week, well it’s been pretty intense, a renewed effort. I thought that the SFPD was giving up on this.
Ready steady go!
* What in the Hell is this, from
Historic Context Statement
Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan Area
San Francisco, California?
Our Planning Department planned Octavia for picket lines???
“Picket lines, for instance, are a spatial expression of a labor grievance.”
WTF is this?
Hey, why not plan for the 24-7 traffic jam that’s there now? Why not plan for the traffic deaths _you_ caused, Planning Dept? Why not cancel left turns on Market and Octavia, you know to increase transit speed at the expense of the wealthy car drivers who live in Hayes Valley?
Anyway, have at it:
“Since labor conflict, whether internal or external, is often expressed in spatial terms, the built
environment of the workplace must be seen as an integral factor in the understanding of labor
disputes. Picket lines, for instance, are a spatial expression of a labor grievance. The questions of
precisely where picketers may or may not stand, whether they may block an entrance, how closely
they can approach ongoing work activities, and who may cross the line, are fundamental in the
conduct and resolution of a dispute. Contestation of these issues can lead to physical confrontations
or criminal penalties, and may determine the outcome of the conflict.
The relatively small scale of the built environment in the Industrial Employment Study Area had
advantages for strike activities. Picketers could assemble on public sidewalks immediately adjacent to
the business being struck, rather than being kept at a distance by fences or buffer zones on company
property. Likewise, the limited number of entrances to most of the buildings made it easier for
strikers to monitor access and inform visitors that the business was being struck. More generally, the
absence of street setbacks and the open design of the buildings allowed for easy surveillance of the
workplace. With the vehicular doors open, an observer could survey the entire shop in many of these
buildings. This facilitated monitoring who was working and what work was being done—valuable
information for union organizing or the conduct of a strike, as well as for individuals seeking work.
175 The term “open shop” refers to a situation where union membership is not a requirement for employment. In practice,
it generally describes conditions in which union membership actually disqualifies one for employment.
176 The term CIO originally stood for the Committee on Industrial Organization, a subgroup within the AFL. In 1937, the
group was expelled from the AFL. From that time until the two merged in 1955, CIO stood for Congress of Industrial
Unions. Since the merger, the resulting organization is known as the AFL/CIO.
177 The ACWA and ILGWU belonged to the “social unionism” wing of the CIO. Within th
Here it is, in the Twitterloin.
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Now let’s see some reviews:
This was the strangest “museum” I’ve ever been to. And really, it’s worth a visit if you go on a free day. As other reviewers have mentioned, it should really be categorized as a gallery because most of the pieces are done by one man. The placards are hilarious. Instead of saying “Tiger in bamboo – Oil on canvas – 1993″, it will say something like “The Master has expertly crafted this piece and is the best work to have ever captured the grace of this animal. His Holiness has magnificent talent….”. It’s like a paragraph about how great he is without any mention of the materials used. I have some suggestions to make this place better. 1) call the upper floors a gallery 2) turn the ground floor forest/fireplace area into a bar 3) let people climb in the tree house.
Actual artist’s note: “The external appearance of this stone is too beautiful to be absorbed all at once … In creating this wondrous art form, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has opened an entirely new epoch in the history of art in the world.” This whole shoddy enterprise seems to be one giant vanity project by a self-styled “spiritual” guru. If you do trail around this vast collection of mediocre pastiche, then at least embrace the comedy value and read the item descriptions. But make sure you don’t get waylaid by one of the dead-eyed volunteers who will ask you to describe your experience. The whiff of the cult is strong in this one.
Crime Reports as Block Height in San Francisco:
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You can see the flat spots on the left there – Golden Gate Park and The Presidio.
Of course the high-rise blocks are features of Randy Shaw‘s corrupt Twitterloin, aka the Mid-Market area, aka NeMa (“New Market”), aka The Tenderloin, aka The Yammerloin, aka The “Uptown” Tenderloin, aka Skid Row, aka Sixth Street, aka Lower Nob Hill, aka “Downtown.”
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…and here’s the vision for its future, below.
So, just as the horrible SFMTA recently conducted focus groups on the future of Polk, 6th Street is getting its turn.
I’ll tell you, if I were in charge of making 6th street safer, I don’t think I’d put “Slower Cars” at the top of the list.
How about “Less Untreated Mental Illness” instead?
Anyway, our blessed SFMTA will be hosting “an interactive activation project on 6th Street (between Market and Stevenson)” on May 18th, 2013.
And Twitter will be there too, sort of.
In a better world, Twitter would participate because it wants to, not because it’s contractually obligated to do so.
(And Twitter would pay its fair share of taxes under the rules signed into law by that wild job-killing radical, Gavin Newsom, all the way back in 2004. Twitter, just give me your tax returns and I’ll figure how much more you should have paid and then you can write a check for the difference and send it in to the General Fund.)
NEWSFLASH: The people from the residential hotels you don’t like on 6th Street aren’t going anywhere.
Oh, and lots of people working at Twitter would still prefer to labor in northern San Mateo County, just saying.
Anyway, on with the show:
“Slower Cars. More sidewalk space. More mid-block crossings. Brighter lighting. Cleaner streets. These are among the ideas and desires recently expressed by the local community for a safer 6th Street.
Safer 6th Street is a collaboration between SFMTA, District 6 Supervisor’s Office, Twitter, Neighborland, SPUR, URBAN SPACEship and other community organizations to address the issue of safety in the 6th Street corridor, and gather further input from the local community as to what can be done to create a safer area for residents, workers and passersby alike.
There is an on-going community process to implement safety measures in the 6th Street corridor, including:
- Sixth Street Improvement Project led by SFMTA, for permanent traffic calming and pedestrian improvements in the corridor
- Supervisor Jane Kim’s District 6 Pedestrian Safety Workgroup, which has been advocating for traffic calming on Sixth Street for the past several years
- Activation projects led by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Workforce and Development
- The recent establishment of The Sixth Street Safety Hub, an SFPD sub-station
In alignment with this process, we ask – how can we, as a community, create a safer 6th Street?
On Saturday, May 18th, between 12-6pm we will be hosting an interactive activation project on 6th Street (between Market and Stevenson), to engage the community and gather ideas and feedback towards this question, with the aim of envisioning a vibrant area and helping to prioritize treatments to the 6th Street design.
Pick your medium – we’ll have a Neighborland board for you to freely write on, a Twitter photo booth, and a collaborative mural installed by ArtIsMobilus.
Until then, share your ideas and comment on others here or on Twitter using the hashtag #safer6th. Through a new integrated platform between Neighborland and Twitter, your tweets will display on the Question page. Any tweets that start with “I want …” and contain the hashtag will auto-magically become ideas on the Question page.
Come join and take part in creating action on the ground!”