Posts Tagged ‘bench’

Word on the Street: “PUBLIC BENCH PROJECT” – As Seen on Clement in the Inner Richmond

Friday, May 16th, 2014

All the deets:

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(IDK, if I were living out in the Avenues with dial-up internet and didn’t have the option of getting AT&T U-Verse, I think a big green utility box would look better than these blue benches, just saying.)

Message From Our Corporate Coffee Overlords: We Own the Sidewalk at 225 Bush Street, More or Less

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

 As was foretold, the newly-approved bench and table and chairs at 225 Bush are kind of a mess. What’s the point in having a super wide sidewalk in the 94104 Financh if there’s going to be a bottleneck betwixt a giant 17 foot tall ad (a former newspaper kiosk long since closed down) and all this?

Check it:

I cry foul.

Actually, I didn’t cry foul afore the deadline to do so passed by in June 2013. As I’m not a NIMBY. And now that we can see the bench but also the table and the chairs, we can see that all this stuff takes up too much space and leaves like three feet of space for the peds to squeeze by.

Even Coffee Culture lovers / customers were appalled by these cheesy plastic chairs when they first appeared.

IDK, maybe this sitch has fixed itself the past few weeks, but this system of having a trial and putting up a sign for people to complain to SFGov doesn’t work if corporations do a bait and switch deal with the layout.

Again, I cry foul.

Oh, and speaking of corporations:

Here’s coffee dude’s website, srsly.

Dude, do you think you leased the sidewalk too?

Approve not I do.

The Crowded Sidewalks of Bush Street: Is There Room for Chairs Betwixt “Curry Up Now” and “Coffee Cultures?”

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Uh, no, there’s not.

See?

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Ah, here’s a quieter time between the most popular food truck in the bay area and the new cawfee shawp inside of the Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush:

Now I’ll tell you, I couldn’t care less* about this issue, but you? You have a lot of time on your hands…

If I were in charge, I’d probably say thumbs down on the street furniture, but I’d allow them some signage.

Of course, I’m not in charge and, as stated, I don’t care.

Super don’t care.

As always, I’ll find a way** to navigate the Streets of San Francisco regardless.

Courage.

*Obviously, things are going to be a bit crowded at lunchtime, ’cause that curry truck is uber popular. OTOH, passersby might not ever realize that’s there’s a new upscale coffee place there unless they see people hanging about sipping away. (This reminds me of parklets, which some business owners think they own because the process for getting one is so costly.) 

**But I don’t use a wheelchair… 

Searching for the Bench, Lands End, San Francisco

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

This is the part of five-star Yelp-rated Lands End that has the labyrinth.

I think this was taken from Immigrant Point in the Presidio:

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Admission is free…

Oh No! Caffe Roma Co-Opts a Parklet on Columbus Avenue: Formerly Public Space is Now For Paying Customers Only

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE – “SanFrustration” explicates, regarding some information in the Comments section about there being, in fact, a sign on the parklet concerned saying how it is for the public: “I wish I would have seen that sign when the old white haired guy came out and rudely told me I had to leave. When I questioned him on it, he was adamant that it was their chairs and tables, and made a big deal of waiting for me to pack up my food. Bear in mind, there was only one other person at the 6 or 7 tables there. All the others were empty. This guy came with attitude from the get go that was both uncalled for and misplaced, and had another older guy standing next to him that was supposed to serve as his backup or something? For what its worth, I overheard them talking about cramming more tables and chairs into the space in preparation for an upcoming parade.

O.K. then. Be sure to check SanFrustration’s story in the Comments section. He blames an “older Italian man” for the trouble. Somebody in management, not a waiter. Who could that be?]

[UPDATE II – Now, it’s not my job to file a complaint with “Tony Roma,” the “owner” of the parklet in question, or anybody else. (Mmmm… it’s fun to make up names for ourselves, in’nt? Instead of “Tony Roma” (heh), what about Vitale Venezia, Santino Serrano, or Matteo Milano? You know, something catchy.]

What gives Caffe Roma the right to kick The Public out of the public parklet* at 526 Columbus Avenue?

Absolutely nothing.

I’ll say it again: Absolutely nothing.

And yet, employees of this joint are kicking Il Pubblico out.

Can you imagine?

Let’s read about what happens when a non-customer (let’s use il nome “SanFrustration”) has the temerity to use a public parklet as a public parklet:

“I am writing to express concerns with the way Cafe Roma is handling the public parklet in front of their establishment on Columbus Avenue. As I sat down to enjoy a lunch purchased elsewhere, I was told by Cafe Roma management that I needed to purchase something from them or I’d have to leave. When I explained that I was under the impression this was public space, they said it wasn’t and indicated I was using their table and chair, and thus couldn’t sit there.

When I looked for the public bench in the parklet, I observed that their tables were crowded into this space, making it impossible for anybody to actually use the benches. It was my impression that these parklets were not intended for private enterprise, and I’m very alarmed that they are claiming this area as part of their establishment and not allowing any public usage.”

Testify!

Does it have to say “PUBLIC PARKLET – ALL SEATING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC” in order for these areas to be public? Non so.

This photo shows a different parklet, but I think the rules are the same all over the City. See the words in there, camera left? 

Via Streetsblog – photo: Myleen Hollero/Orange Photography - click to expand

I cry foul. Accuso! Accuso!

Hey Caffe Roma, should you accommodate the public at the public park in front of your business?

Perche no?

I know you’ve paid fees and whatnot, but you didn’t buy the land in fee simple absolute, right?

*Or walklet, as some call them

Finding That Elusive Bench at Lands End – How to Do It

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

You need to go up a little bit. Most people just walk right by.

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Like this, up to the red “A,” see?

See you there!

Just $375 Will Get You Into the Japanese Tea Garden Come September 15th: Party for the Parks

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

And I thought $7 was too much… Anyway, the coming Party for the Parks will be:

“A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs.”

Sweet. And who might those friends be? How about them honorary co-chairs:

“Gavin Newsom, Art Agnos, Willie Brown, Frank Jordan, Dianne Feinstein (yes, DiFi!), Gina Moscone, and the Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.”

You are so totally there, for as little as $375. Or heck, just cough up some coin and become a Sponsor yourself.

See you there!

September 15, 2010
6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs. Honorary Co-Chairs are:San Francisco Parks Trust and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department,  the event includes a cocktail stroll in the Japanese Tea Garden from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  The evening continues with an Asian inspired sumptuous buffet, catered by Dan McCall in a tented redwood grove across Tea Garden Drive. Dancing featuring DJ Spider will conclude the evening.

The Honorable Gavin C. Newsom, The Honorable Art Agnos, The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., The Honorable Frank M. Jordan, The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Gina Moscone, and Consul General of Japan, The Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.

Event Co-Chairs are:

Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Ben Friend, Christine Gardner, Rebecca Green Birdsall, Lucy Hume Koukopoulos, and Cynthia B. Silverstein.

Hosted by

Patron Benefit Levels

First Families For Parks  $10,000

• Individual family recognition on-site at prime location in Golden Gate Park    
• Reserved first family seating at party                      
• 10 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
Family reception with Phil Ginsburg, General Manager RPD
Personalized bench in Golden Gate Park                    
• Membership in Park Leadership Society    

Funds raised will focus on Golden Gate Park. With over $1 billion in capital needs and an ever-declining maintenance budget, Golden Gate Park needs to plan for long-range financial sustainability and to weather near-term Park emergency needs.

Civic Leader  $5,000
• 6 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
• Opportunity to host a three hour private party in the Angler’s Lodge, Hamilton  
   Recreation  Center and Pool, Sunnyside Conservatory or Stern Grove Clubhouse

   (Trocadero)        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society      
                
Funds raised will directly impact park maintenance throughout city parks and add ‘boots on the ground’. We will focus funds on volunteer activities and the new Gardener Apprenticeship Program.

Park Hero $2,500
• 4 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert  
• Private lesson in Lawn Bowling, Horseshoes, Archery, or Model Boat Yachting by
   enthusiasts in Golden Gate Park                        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society                     
 
Funds raised will build multi-use trails throughout Golden Gate Park and throughout the City’s 4,317 acres of parkland in order to promote the health of the city and its citizens.

Park Activist  $1,250
• 2 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Outside Lands Concert                    
• 10 passes to the Carrousel in Golden Gate Park                
• Membership in Park Leadership Society   
                   
Funds raised will support our Recreation Centers, their equipment needs, and the desire of community members to keep the newly renovated, and, hopefully all Rec Centers, open during peak hours. Funds will flow to the San Francisco Parks Trust’s Gear Up Fund for these purposes.

Individual Tickets  $375