Posts Tagged ‘beautiful’

These “Rain Gardens” on Fell Street are Now Complete – Will They Make You Like the SFPUC More?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

IDK, maybe they will.

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Of course, this design is the “beautiful” version. (What would an ugly rain garden look like, one wonders.)

And look, the “natural” weeds have already been carefully planted. Is our PUC going to water these weeds, you know, during the months and months when we don’t get any rain at all, to keep them green and “beautiful?” We’ll see.

(BTW, if you label the PUC the PUC, at least a few employees / contractors / interns / somebody who has access to the PUC’s email system just might hector you about instead calling the PUC “SF Water,” or SF Water Power Sewer. Let’s hope our SFPUC isn’t paying its employees $114 an hour on the side to email about how “confused” I am with my belief that the SFPUC can, at least sometimes, be rightfully be called the SFPUC.)

But, Gentle Reader, the well-paid PUC outreach people say that you can take a “tour” of these rain gutters if you want. Email at ssip@sfwater.org

Here They Are, Our Brand-New “Beautiful. Functional. Rain Gardens” on Fell – Like Parklets, But for Weeds, Not People

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

[UPDATE: Our PUC writes in tell about how I’m confusing them with the CAPUC, the same way, one supposes that Mssrs. Matier and Ross got “confused” when calling them the PUC here. But take their tour if you want – see Comments.]

Remember the revival of “Victory Gardens?” I do. It peaked in 2009. But the new thang in urban gardening is upon us.

As seen on Fell, looking inbound:

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(Oh, and the microfences already indicate that no bike parking is allowed. So what’s the PUC going to do? Ticket your ride? Cut off your lock and impound your bike?)

On Fell, looking outbound:

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And look, clobblestones!

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Are these real cobblestones? One can’t tell. Should they be? One doesn’t know.

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All right, that was the windup, and now here’s the pitch, from the SFPUC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PG&E:

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Are these realtor-backed parklets “beautiful?” I don’t think so. Will they “improve safety?” I don’t see how. And actually, spending tax and fee payer money on “streetscape” “beauty” instead of safety is the opposite of  “improving safety,” PUC. Oh, and PUC, if you ever want to talk about how best to “manage” California’s water resources for the benefit of all Californians, look me up, cause you’re doing it wrong…

All the deets:

Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project

Picture of Bulbout Area

Learn More About the Project

Check out SFMTA’s project website to learn more!

Improving Traffic Safety and Enhancing Stormwater Collection

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is teaming up with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) on the Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project to integrate stormwater management with their traffic calming project.

In response to strong public feedback for more greenery and planting for the project, we’ve added rain gardens to the bulbouts along Oak and Fell Streets. A rain garden is a stormwater management technique which infiltrates stormwater into the soil, diverting water from going into the sewer. This addition to the project will benefit community members; not only will the project make residents and travelers safer, the rain gardens will add beauty and character to the intersections. Our partnership with the SFMTA will extend the improvements already underway. While the addition of green infrastructure will not result in any additional parking losses beyond what was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors in May 2012, four of the bulbouts will be larger than initially proposed. Originally scheduled for construction in late 2013, the project is slated to begin construction in early summer 2014.

Contact:

For construction inquiries, please contact:

Dadisi Najib – SFDPW
Email: Dadisi.Najib@sfdpw.org

Luis Montoya – SFMTA
Email: luis.montoya@sfmta.com

Ari Frink – SFPUC
Email: afrink@sfwater.org

For more project information, visit SFMTA’s site here.

Build It And They Will Come: Beautiful People Have Descended Upon “The Corner Store” at the Not-So-Beautiful Geary and Masonic Area

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

See?

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Enjoy

Now THIS is a Cell Phone Tower – We Should Have These All Over San Francisco, NIMBYs Be Damned

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

It’s beautiful:

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Hang those who talk of less.

Maybe ATT, VRZ, SPR, and TMO all share this pole, in perfect harmony.

Box, Cantilever, Pipe, Brace: Beautiful San Francisco Architecture – Who’s the “Starchitect” Who Came Up With This?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Near Mervyn’s Heights:

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NB: Never use the term “starchitect” without putting it inside quote marks or otherwise showing the reader what a joke the word is.

What’s On the Minds of Bank of America Workers During These Troubled Times? “How Tall is (KNTV Weathergirl) Christina Loren?”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Thusly:

“Domain Name: bankofamerica.com (Commercial)
IP Address: 171.###.###.# (Bank of America)
ISP: Bank of America

Search Engine: google.com
Search Words: how tall is christina loren”

Sorry, unknown Bank of American,* there are some answers that even Google doesn’t have, like how tall Christina Loren is.

But, thanks for asking.

All right, keep up the good work, BofA workers!

Ah, memories:

“Speechless I am.

At first I thought this website was made by a fan of KNTV’s Christina Loren. But now I’m thinking it’s her site.

Anyway, here it is.

Oh, wait a sec, here it is, shrunk 4x. I’m still blown away by this:

(Animated gif courtesy of fair use doctrine)

It’s like the front page of the Daily Prophet. It’s mesmerizing. It just keeps going and going…

Now that’s what I call Bay Area Journalism!”

*That’s what they call each other, I’m srsly.

The Most Amazing Animated GIF Ever: NBC Channel 3 KNTV Meteorologist Christen Lauren IS Poser McPoserperson III

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Speechless I am.

At first I thought this website was made by a fan of KNTV’s Christina Loren. But now I’m thinking it’s her site.

Anyway, here it is.

Oh, wait a sec, here it is, shrunk 4x:

It’s like the front page of the Daily ProphetIt’s mesmerizing. It just keeps going and going…

Now that’s what I call Bay Area Journalism!

Who at KNTV NBC Bay Area Channel 3, Channel 11 Considers Bay Area Women “Unkempt?”

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

I know, but I won’t tell you.

Now, who at KNTV NBC Bay Area Channel 3, Channel 11 thinks that popular METEOROLOGIST Christina Loren is part of something that is “bridging the gap between the way other big markets present news and how we do it in the Bay?”

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Again, IKBIWTY.

But, one might get the feeling that certain person(s) at KNTV want to shake things up ’round here.

I’ll tell you, I don’t look at the KNTV ’cause my rabbit ears can’t pull in the signal from Down South, but that ad campaign they put up last year was jarring, it seemed like something not very bay area at all.

We’ll see how it goes…

 

Reading Comic Books and Sucking Down Coca-Colas in North Beach – Good Times with nettie r. harris and Mikey Baratta

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Not half bad, mikey Baratta PHOTOGRAPHIC, not half bad:

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How Taiwan Does the Weather Vs. How San Jose Does the Weather – Christina Loren and “Extreme Weather Educating”

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Let’s see here, our first video is what popped up after I linked to the internationally-famous NMA joint about Twitter extortion in the Mid-Market area the other day.

Now, compare and contrast with KNTV, the closest thing the 415 has to an NBC affiliate.

Cue the young boy and… action:

Christina Loren:

Controversial, and

Wears a hat, sometimes