Posts Tagged ‘8 octavia’

Market at Valencia: Where Small Businesses Go To Die

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

There’s not a whole lot going on at the “activated streetscape” betwixt the popular Zuni Cafe and the jail-like 8 Octavia building:

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It’s a tough place to do business if neighboring businesses appear to be all shut down…

This is the New Hayes Valley – Love Comes QUICKLY for the Boba Guys, on Octavia BOULEVARD

Monday, September 12th, 2016

This new place at 8 Octavia sure is taking off, non?

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Oh, but look at the bottom of the Yelp entry – an “ad” for the Quickly:

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Anyway, there are pros and cons to the changes I’ve seen in the Hayes Valley, from a place for streetwalkers to a place for street standers…

Which Looks More Like a Jail – the New 8 Octavia Condo Building or the Actual San Francisco Jail in SoMA?

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Better A…

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…or better B?

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Only one of these buildings is a “stunning victory for architectural freedom over bureaucratic stupidity.”

But You Make The Call, Gentle Reader.

In other news, Octavia Boulevard continues to be a failure. What went wrong? What can we do to avoid future mistakes like Octavia Boulevard? IMO, there was waaaay to much input from self-interested millionaires who lived in Hayes Valley.

Hey Look! DDG Partners and DM DEVELOPMENT Team Up to Evict the Homeless Encampment at the New 8 Octavia Condo Building

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

[UPDATE: At least one person has moved back in, as of May Day 2014.]

Here’s your before, at the corner of Market Street and the man-made disaster of Octavia “Boulevard,” from just last month, April 2014, IDK, 10 days ago?

See down below, those cardboard boxes were the start of a homeless encampment that stretched north up the Boulevard:

How many people slept there each night? IDK, but there were spaces for like a dozen people.

Anyway, that was then and this is now – this is how things look today, May 1st, after the recent clean up:

See that? Homeless people be gone, replaced by “ol ol g” (DDG, for those of you who don’t read Starchitect or whatever the hell that font is called) and DM DEVELOPMENT, ’cause, you know, it just wouldn’t do to have those glorious names residing over where people reside.

Oh, and here’s the pitch:

Design

DM Development collaborates with visionary architects and interior designers to create remarkable living spaces that push the boundaries of design.

That’s your 8 Octavia condo update. Look for the banner ads soon – it won’t be long now… 

AMUSEMENT GAMES at the New “8 Octavia” Condo Building – BUT IS IT ART? Oh, Hell No

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Well that’s how I read it anyway, but really it’s “AMUSEMENT TIMES,” and it’s a piece designed to get you to like / tolerate the new 8 Octavia Building.

Here are the deets from our local Curbed outfit

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Simply, this isn’t art worth paying for. Why not instead just use the same amount of money to hand out $5 bills to passers by? That would make you much more popular, 8 Octavia.

(Oh, the on-site homeless encampment at 8 Octavia got cleaned out the past 12 hours? News to me – Ill check it out.)

Resolved: There Should Be No Left Turns Allowed at Market & Octavia – Fixing the Legacy of Wealthy Hayes Valley “Activists”

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here’s a view of Market Street outbound at the Octavia intersection. All these people heading west to go home have to wait an extra ten seconds for the richers of Hayes Valley to drive their Audis, BMWs and Mercedes Benzeses onto northbound Octavia from inbound Market Street owing to a dedicated left turn lane with a left turn arrow. Why?

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Octavia Boulevard has been a disaster. The reason why is due to rich, land-owning “activists” of Hayes Valley having too much control over the process. Why on Earth should we shut down the intersection for 10 seconds each traffic light cycle just so that four, three, two, one, or sometimes zero luxury cars can turn onto Octavia?

Hey SFMTA! Don’t you want to speed things up for MUNI? So let’s just alter the light timing here and make any and all left turns illegal? If these people want to turn left to get north of Market, why don’t they make the turn legally at the intersection before and the intersection after, you know, where turning is less disruptive to everyone else?

Just asking.

Wow, a Big Part of the New 8 Octavia Building Looks Like It’s a Prison

Friday, March 28th, 2014

As seen from Market Street:

Homeless People Have Already Moved In at the 8 Octavia Construction Site

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

They’ve been here for a while. The construction crew is cool with it, but this arrangement can’t last much longer:

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Here’s the spiel for this brand new building, and they mention the names of many many local bidnesses and institutions, for some reason:

Absinthe
Arlequin To Go
Bar Jules
Cafe Altano
Cafe Corbas
Christopher Elbow Chocolates
Domo
Fatted Calf
Charcuterie
Frjtz

They go on and on…

More after the jump.

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Do Construction Workers at the Troubled 8 Octavia Construction Site Do Japanese-Style Pre-Shift Exercise? Yes

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Now I’ve seen this, back in the day, over in the factory where my bLand Cruiser was later manufactured, in Toyota City, IRL, the real deal – actual pre-work calisthenics.

The San Francisco version is kind of half-assed, but they were actually doing it, I grew to understand.

See?

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My only hope is that 8 Octavia is “tech-savvy,” you know, the way NeMa claims to be.

Soon, I’ll dream of moving into a $2900 per month studio, and having a phone with a 64-bit OS, maybe even one that’s gold!

I’ll dream of this.