So would this tree have died without this temporary fence?
It’s like the outsiders, the auslanders, the auslanders are coming!
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Look at these workers throwing signs over parked cars and into Golden Gate Park just yesterday. SFGov is required to give a little notice, so this is how they do it. Is it enough? Well, IDK. It’s certainly not enough for some people. (But think of the poor tow truck drivers who want to rifle through your car for loose change and folding money – they’re sort of people too, right?)
Here’s what the signs say:
So if you see the signs and then make sure to move your car off of Fell or Hayes or all those other streets, you pass the test – cngrats.
But if you parked your car before the towaway signs went up, well, you’ve been towed and that will run you somewhere between $500-$1000.
Welcome to San Francisco!
Be afraid, NIMBYs.
Be very, very afraid.
And make sure to inventory every slight you experience this Sunday and then repeat all of them to everybody you know for the the following two weeks so that everybody can now how you, the poor millionaire homeowner, has suffered uniquely owing to this street party what existed long before you were even born.
And just look at it – it’s pointed right towards you! Arrrgh!
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Enjoy your cellphone tower, Western Addition.
Now do you want to say that the top of Hayes Street Hill (aka Alamo Heights, aka the Hayes Street Cut, aka just a little bit east of Hayes and Pierce) FEELS like the highest point, well then be my guest, Gentle Reader.
But after you go down Hayes to Fell and Divisadero, you’re back to climbing a long climb until you get to the pass at Prayerbook Cross well into Golden Gate Park. So the “gentle downhill to the ocean” don’t start, as was widely reported, at the HSH, but rather several klicks away in GGP.
I declare victory.
The BtoB peeps were early with the signs telling all about this Sunday’s annual fun-run / community gathering.
That _should_ cut down on the number of towed cars hauled away early Sunday morning, but it might not – we’ll see.
(Oh and the panicky NIMBY millionaires of Alamo Heights appear to be one notch less panicky this year, for some reason. Yay!)
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…
Except when it is a crime.
Actually, just riding your bike through the Fell Street DMV parking lot is a crime unless there’s a sign saying it’s OK to do so and, sadly, there’s no such sign.
Anyway, today’s show must go on:
It looked just like this in 2012, at the second annual. Good times: