Posts Tagged ‘ashbury’

It Begins: SFMTA Rolls Over Irate Neighbors, Installs Corporate Shuttle Bus Depot on Fell Near Masonic

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s what the first day of terminal operation looked like yesterday:

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I didn’t see it in operation, but I did see a Nest* (wherever that is) Bus heading away from this area this AM so maybe this 116 feet will be a nest for Nest, and others. Who uses this terminal is a secret, kept by our incompetent SFMTA, for some reason.

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I think all these pissed-off people would have needed the relevant city Supervisor to go to bat for them against the SFMTA. I suppose that didn’t happen.

(I’ll tell you, one block away on Hayes, there’s a bus stop for the #21 what’s nine (9) seconds away from another bus stop for the same line. Our weak-willed SFMTA wanted to get rid of one of the stops but a while back but a local bidness owner hired on craigslist to get a “grass-roots” campaign going to sway our swayable Supervisor London Breed. So that’s democracy in action, or not, depending on how you look at it.)

Anyway, the signs say that all this will expire on May 27th, 2016, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the SFMTA wants to do next. Perhaps they’ll install permanent signs soon, IDK…

*Yeah, I need me an expensive Nest thermostat for my 100 year old radiators – I’m sure that would work out real good.

A New, Unicycle-Based, Food Delivery Startup OR Just Another Tech Bro Heading Home in the Upper Haight?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

It’s hard to tell these days, in the 94117.

Like at first, back in 2012, I thought Lyft was just a bunch of hipsters with giant pink mustaches on their cars.

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So who knows what this guy is up to…

The Urban School Expands All the Way to Oak Street – Here It Is, You Won’t be Able to Miss It

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The house you see on the left used to be on the right – they moved it east a good 40 yards to make way.

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Anyway, this location on busy, busy Oak will soon raise the profile of The Urban School…

Big Car, Regular Car, Tiny Car – This is How We Live Now, in 2016

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Look, it’s Twizy! In red these days:

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OMG, It’s FREE CONE DAY at Your Local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – Free Ice Cream from Noon to 8PM – BONUS: A Pictorial History

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

All the deets:

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day | 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Noon to 8 pm
Ben & Jerry’s locations
FREE

Bay Area Locations:

San Francisco

Haight Ashbury – 1480 Haight Street at Ashbury (Haight)
Macy’s Department Store (Union Square)
Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 41)
Argonaut – 475 Jefferson Street (Fisherman’s Wharf)

East Bay

Jack London Square – 505 Embarcadero (Oakland)
Berkeley – 2128 Oxford Street (Berkeley)

North Bay

Bon Air Center – 290 Bon Air Center – (Greenbrae)

South Bay

San Jose – 115 East San Carlos (San Jose)

Hey, you know who liked marketing SF for the benefit of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China back in aught-eight when Frisco hosted that botched Torch Run, Sponsored By Coca Cola? IDK, was it Gavin & Ed (that is, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee).

OTOH, who opposed it, but Ben & Jerry.

So that’s part of why they’ve built up some goodwill over the years decades.

Let’s take a look, why not?

Haight und Ashbury:

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Oh, buskers!

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Sometimes the employees get overwhelmed so they hide for a while – this is to be expected on FREE CONE DAY.

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Hey, you know who would be ALL OVER Free Cone Day in the 94117 back in the day? That’s right, Charles Manson (of 636 Cole) and his Family, you know, like a half century ago. They’d prolly get their free ice cream and then immediately get back in line, making sure to finish eating right before getting to the front of the queue again, you know, like these little piggies. (Chuck would approve of this kind of double dipping, I’m sure)

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And then, time for mad sit-lie violations, in this case from stus from the nearby $40k+(!) in tuition / year high school:

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Oh yeah, sometimes that guy from Phish shows up to make some tunes, as seen on Ashbury:

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And sometimes Free Cone Day comes to You, Gentle Reader:

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All Hail Ben

All Hail Jerry.

See you there!

A Tall Tree in Frisco That’s Just BEGGING to be Landmarked

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Ask your shaman if landmarking your neighbor’s tree is right for you:

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San Francisco’s Urban Forestry Council discusses and recommends trees for landmark status at their public meetings. Visit the UFC webpage for more information.

California buckeye (Aesculus californica) at 730 28th Avenue

Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) at 20-28 Rosemont Place

Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) at 4124 23rd Street

New Zealand Christmas Tree (Metrosiderous excelsus) at 1221 Stanyan Street

Six Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) adjacent to 1801 Bush Street

All Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) in the center island on Dolores Street

Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) at Third St. and Yosemite Street in the median triangle

Flaxleaf paperbark (Melaleuca linariifolia) at 1701 Franklin Street

Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis) at 555 Battery Street

Thirteen Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) located throughout the Quesada Street median West of Third St. to the dead end.

Two Cliff Date Palms (Phoenix rupicola) in the Dolores Street median, one across from 730 Dolores Street and the second across from 1546 Dolores Street

The grove of Guadalupe Palm (Brahea edulis) in the Dolores St. median, across from 1608-1650 Dolores Street.

Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) at 3555 Cesar Chavez Street

Two Flowering Ash (Fraxinus ornus) at the Bernal Height Library at 500 Cortland Street

Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana) in the Bernal Height Natural Area near the intersection of Folsom and Bernal Height Boulevard

Manzanita (Arctostaphylos hispidule) 115 Parker Avenue

Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) 2626 Vallejo Street

California Buckeye tree (Aesculus Californica) located behind 757 Pennsylvania Street, (Assessor’s Bock 416B, Lot 11)

Redwood Tree (Sequoia sempervirens) at 46 Stillings Ave

Giant Sequoia (Sequoia giganteum) at 3066 Market Street”

Man, These Residents of Fell Street are Hopping Mad About a Possible Facebook Employee Bus Stop / Terminal in Front of their Homes

Monday, March 21st, 2016

I don’t know how the SFMTA’s big meeting on March 18th, 2016 ended up, but this was the scene aforehand, on Fell near Masonic:

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There were multiple three-page flyers everywhere:

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What the Facebook Teamsters wanted last year was their own terminal in the 94117, so they wouldn’t have to sit around idling, and I’m srsly, in the slow lane of outbound/southbound Masonic (betwixt Fell and Oak, you know, the one that MUNI buses use all the time) OR in the MUNI stop at Hayes and Masonic (as they’ve been doing every working day, including this morning at 6:43 AM). It looks like they’re getting what they want. Enough space for two buses.

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And I call it a terminal since there’s now nothing to prevent the Teamsters from staging in their own dedicated bus stop, AFAICS…

Corporate Shuttle Bus Terminals / Dedicated Bus Stops are Coming to YOUR Neighborhood – Here’s the SFMTA’s New Wishlist of Locations

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Our incompetent SFMTA* has been sending out postcards that look like this:

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So in this case, Hayes won’t have the same old load of corporate buses because Fell Street will be picking up the slack.

Here’s what Hayes looks like these days, sometimes – there’s conflict betwixt MUNI operators in MUNI buses and the Teamsters in the Facebook Buses, who know staging (sitting around) is against the rules but they do it anyway because They Just Don’t Care:

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(It’s hard to tell without expanding the photo, but the MUNI bus driver was glaring at the idled Teamster. I’ll tell you, Bro was pissed at the big FB bus, that’s for sure.)

Anyway, forget all that, cause this is what’s coming:

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So, using the same example, we’ll say good-bye to parking on the first 116 feet of the north side of Fell past Masonic:

“ESTABLISH – TOW AWAY NO STOPPING PERMITTED COMMUTER SHUTTLE BUS ZONE, 6 AM TO 10 AM AND 4PM TO 8PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Fell Street north side, from Masonic Street to 116 feet westerly (restricts parking at 3 residential permit parking spaces)”

You can look forward to seeing Facebook buses sitting in front of these buildings, especially in the AM:

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Basically, these new stops will turn into bus terminals, ’cause the drivers will end up simply parking here on Fell the same way they routinely (and improperly) do so at the outbound #21 Hayes stop one block north. Maybe even non-driving Facebook “starters” will come back, like last year when they hung out across the street closer to Oak.

Oh well.

“PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED PARKING & TRAFFIC CHANGES
Pursuant to SFMTA Order No. 5550 adopted March 4, 2016, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing to solicit public input on the following proposed changes. The hearing will be held as follows:
Date/Time: Friday, March 18, at 10:00 am
Location: Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, San Francisco (located on Van Ness Avenue between McAllister and Grove Streets)”

All the deets at the official link above, and after the jump.

*Our SFMTA is the operator of MUNI – case closed.

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Janis Joplin Biopic Set to Film On Location in Frisco – “Get It While You Can” – And CA Taxpayers are Subsidizing Production, Yay!

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Why on Gaia’s Green Earth should we pay Hollywood millions to make a Janis Joplin biopic on the streets of San Francisco? Well, that’s what we just did.

Like what, otherwise they’d film in Vancouver, Canada? Well, OK fine. If that’s the way you want to do it, Hollywood. Of course, your feature will look a lot better if you come to Noe Valley (aka “Upper Mission” as some called it, back in the day) and the 94117, but it’ll cost you big bucks, since SF is one of the most expensive places to shoot in the world.

But this tax giveaway makes things easier for you, I s’pose, oh well. (I don’t approve of this arrangement, obvs.)

Moving on.

To this, on this flick’s IMDb entry:

“I am a hard core Joplin fan, so of course I was really excited when I heard they where making a Biopic… that is until I found out they are casting Amy Adams as Janis. WTH? This is a joke right? Why would they disgrace Janis with this broad? I have seen Amy’s movies… She in no way can play this part. Surely they could think of someone else!?!? Dana Fuchs would have been a better choice, or even Gabby West. NOT Amy Adams. What a shame.”

Say hello to your new Janis Joplin:

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Hey, what if it turns out that JANIS: Little Girl Blue or Janis (1974) , both of which didn’t cost us anything, not millions anyway, are much much better films? Mmm…

All right, get all the deets here.

FLASHBACK: Recalling When Hipsters of the Lower Haight Tried to Own and Operate an AMC Pacer for a Laugh or Two

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

This was the scene on Haight Street back in the aughts (and back when CWNevius still lived in the East Bay, where he belongs and where he’d be happier) – four urban youts inside of one AMC Pacer:

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This thing was advertised as the “first wide small car,” and maybe it was. (Back in the day, certainly, it was wide enough for the Sandwich King.)

(Perhaps Google should have used these cars to carry their Street View sensors around? Compared to brand-new, bright red hybrid Priuseses, a fleet of old Pacers would have attracted less attention from John Law.)

But look, Gentle Reader, they loved Pacers in France, for some reason:

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All right, let’s say au revoir to les hipsters de Haight, seen after they’d navigated through the already failed Octavia Boulevard “urbanist”/urbonaut experiment/ongoing fiasco:

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(Headrests are for squares of course.)

Stay safe in your overweight, underpowered, low-MPG, two-ton fishbowl!