See? This ruins everything!
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I cry foul
So let’s see here, for whom is this video?
Is it for tourists and people who lived in town for less than three weeks? Well, it has something to do with the Gannett Co. Inc The Bold Italic so the answer’s gotta be YES.
We’re selling Chevys here so that’s why the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid is featured so heavily of course, but who drives the one block from Alamo Square to the touristy part of Divisadero? Is this real life?
Oh, and here are two relevant terms I happened to have learned in this particular decade, so they’re kind of new terms for things that have been around for a while:
1. Vocal Fry Register
2. Upper Thigh Gap (“Hey, stand in front of this white thing for contrast, or better yet, let’s put this white card right here, you know, temporarily, for contrast.” Is that how this worked?)
Hey Gannett, when are you going to make money in San Francisco, you know, to generate taxes to pay back the losses you’ve claimed on your ridiculous venture?
Just asking, corporate overlords.
Instead of doing this crap, why not do something real? This video shows why you’re a joke, The Bold Italic
First things first, let’s prove that the top of the Hayes Street Hill on Hayes Street is not the highest point of the current B to B route.
And here’s another shot at it:
And here’s a contour map of the Hayes Street area:
So that’s it.
“Under Armour will have a strong race day presence as the official sponsor of the notoriously challenging “Hayes Hill,” awarding prizes to the fastest hill runners from select racing categories.”
(People from around here call it Hayes Street Hill, but otherwise this is fine. The name of the hill itself is Alamo Heights.)
This was what the organizers used to say every year:
“Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore and Steiner, bringing them to the highest point in the race, approximately 215 feet above sea level. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park.”
So yeah, the course gradually flows downhill, but only after peaking in Golden Gate Park.
All right, let’s see how the MSM handles this in 2014…
The sidewalk shows how steep Hayes was before The Cut:
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If you look at Hayes betwixt Pierce and Scott, you can see why the Hayes Street Cut exists.
And then you Google it to reveal:
“Hayes Street Cut: In order to re establish direct car service to the Hayes Street district north of the Panhandle* it is necessary to provide a lower grade between Pierce and Scott Streets And by a cut of 15 ft across the plateau at Pierce Street the maximum grade may be reduced from 14.6 to 10.9 (See Fig 72) which is within reasonable limits for electric equipment If a terraced arrangement is used with half the cut in the roadway and half in the walkway the cost for retaining walls will be considerably less than if the cut is extended full depth between property lines.”
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And here’s the San Francisco Call from 1910:
“All matters connected with the proposed Hayes street cut were put over until next week. The committee received the works board’s report that the improvement would cost the city $54,000.”
Now of course many parts of SF have been regraded over the years, but what makes the Hayes Street Cut the Hayes Street Cut is that the City accommodated the already partially-developed area. Nobody wanted to mess with private land south of Hayes. So people figured regrading the street while leaving the sidewalks mostly intact was the cheap solution. Terracing = less digging.
Here you go, the HAYES STREET PROFILE:
(I’ll note that the HSC makes the annual Bay to Breakers fun-run** easier on the competitors, as you can see.)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAYES STREET CUT!
*We use the phrase NoPA these days, except that back then “north of the Panhandle” meant the area farther west, not that the real estate ladies of the 94117 would give a care about that.
**Hayes Street is NOT the highest part of the B2B course, despite what the MSM tells us every year. In fact, the highest part of the B2B is on JFK Drive at the foot of Rainbow Falls in Golden Gate Park. The More You Know…