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Sunday Streets Western Addition 2010 a Moderate Success in the Western Addition

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The turnout at Sunday Streets Western Addition 2010 was affected a bit by the soggy weather, but oh well. 

DPW set up a place on Fillmore where you could tag legally.

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Fillmore Street had the biggest crowd:

OTOH, Japantown was a ghost town and on Golden Gate, it was hard to tell that there was a Sunday Streets going on at all.

Golden Gate Avenue pretty much served as a connector betwixt the eastern Western Addition and the western Western Addition – the Chairman Bao truck was the only draw. Where’s WaldoThornly?


Rizzo! (Avec aide Tom Taylor.)


Walgreens! (Avec UCSF pharmacy students doing health screenings – Walgreen swag is always the best, BTW…)

I don’t think the grassy Panhandle was prepared to deal with both rain and the heavy traffic – a muddy mess was the result. (I says to myself, early on, I says, “Man, that’s going to get muddy.)

Having the route go up and down Fillmore turned out better than the original plan of using Steiner. (By the way, Steiner is an awesome alternative to using Fillmore on an everyday basis, whether you’re driving or riding.)

Speaking of the route, it’d probably be better to have fewer choices on which way to go. Seems as if there was a big effort to make sure all sorts of places were included.

So that’s SS WA 10. See you next year!

An Improved Forecast for Today’s Sunday Streets Western Addition 2010

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

So, yes, there’s rain in the forecast for today’s Sunday Streets Western Addition 2010 but it looks as if everything will work out.


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The Great Midnight Tow-away has concluded so this is your opportunity to take photos of your hood without a bunch of parked cars getting in the way:

But mind the hills, some of them are steep:

See you there!

Rain in the Forecast for the Weekend’s Sunday Streets, the Western Addition’s First

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Sunday Streets comes to the Western Addition from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM this Sunday.


The map’s a little different than initially planned, using Fillmore instead of Steiner for the bulk of the north-south travel. (A lot of people will probably bypass the hilly part of Golden Gate and use Divisadero to get to the Farmer’s Market on Grove.) 

There’s no official rain policy so if things get real bad they’ll just end it with a whimper the way it happened at the Great Highway earlier this year. But a little drizzle shouldn’t affect things all that much.

They’re still looking for volunteers.

Now, here’s a boner from the Sunday Streets website:

“So far, merchants along Sunday Streets routes have been pleased to see an increase in business during and after the event hours.”

 How operational is that statement? Some merchants like SS, some do not. Some have a business increase, some do not. The person who came up with this boner of a statement knows it’s not exactly correct, there’s some self-awareness there, but the statement is also the product of self-delusion. Spin plus self-delusion = a lot of stuff on SFGov these days. Oh well.

Here’s your Southern Terminus of SS WA 2010 at Fell and Baker:

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Speaking of Baker Street, it’s a tad hilly, non? Maybe it’s not as bad as the Tenderloin, but the Western Addition has its fair share of hills.  

(Appears as if they didn’t want to shut down Divisadero and its bus lines.)

Elements of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition scouting out Baker Street last week. Where’s Waldo Thornley?

All the deets:


September 19 – Western Addition

Panhandle (Fell between Central and Baker)
Main Sunday Streets Activity Hub
• Sunday Streets info booth and Volunteer Check In
• Sunday Streets Sponsor booths
• Community information tables
• NEW: Sunday Streets merchandise for sale- sponsored by Walk SF
Free basic bike maintenance by REI
• KISS FM Radio music broadcast and free samples of healthy snacks
• Stretches and running info with Achilles Tours
• Chair massage, presented by the Institute for Health & Healing, California Pacific Medical Center

Pet Programs in the Panhandle (Fell between Central and Lyon)
Presented by Happy Hounds Massage

• Happy Hounds Massage
• No. Calif. Family Dog Rescue
• Paws and Rewards
SF Chihuahua Meetup
• Pet Food Express Virtual Pet Adoptions
• Give a Dog a Bone
• Grateful Dog
• SPCA of SF

North of Panhandle (Central, Grove, Baker)
Presented by North of Panhandle Neighborhood Assoc. and the Wigg Party
Music and Family Entertainment:

• Music, dancing, and DIY art projects presented by the Wigg Party (Central near Hayes)
• Live Music with Con Brio at Matching Half Café (Central and Grove)
• Live Music (Baker and McAllister)
• Facepainting and kid’s activities by St Cyprian’s Episcopal Church (Baker and McAllister)
• Free test rides on PUBLIC Bikes (Baker and McAllister)

Bike programs (Grove between Lyon and Baker)
Presented by the SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA Bike Program

• Freedom from Training Wheels presented by the SF Bicycle Coalition
• Kid’s Bike Safety Rodeo presented by Presidio YMCA Bike Program
• How to load a bike on the bus, by MTA Sustainable Streets Program
• MTA’s Bike bus loading Demonstration

Preparedness Pavilion (Grove between Baker and Broderick)
Presented by Department of Emergency Management

• Mobile “Command Van One”
• Cyber cafe
• Shake Shack earthquake simulator
• Emergency preparedness information

Farmer’s Market (Grove between Broderick and Divisadero)
• Community info tables
• Live music with Lily Holbrook
• Magician Hernan Cortez
• Cooking Demonstrations

Golden Gate Ave:
Skating Presented by the Calif. Outdoor Rollersports Assoc.

• 10 – 2:30: Free roller rink, skating lessons & skates (at Baker)
• 12:30 & 2:30: Slumdog Millionaire skate dance
• 12:45 & 2:45: Thriller skate dance
• RollerSoccer International Federation, demos by RollerSoccer US Team players (at Webster)

Info and outreach on Golden Gate Ave.
• The Hearing and Speech Center Divisadero at Golden Gate
• SF Creative Arts Charter School
• Alamo Square Neighborhood Assoc.

Children’s Activities at Hayward Playground (Laguna and Golden Gate)
Presented by Buchannan YMCA

• Kid’s Games, Hula Hoops,
• Programs for Teens & Tweens by La Casa de Las Madres
• Kid’s games and snack bars from Clif Kid

Fillmore STREET: (Golden Gate Ave to Post)
Presented by Fillmore Community Benefit District
Fillmore Street cultural performances

• Rock the Bike pedal powered stage and live music (Fillmore Mini Park near Turk)
• Church of John Coltrane 41st Anniversary Celebration (1286 Fillmore near Eddy)
• Music, arts, special promotions by Fillmore Street merchants

Mobile Free Wall Project (Fillmore and Turk)
Presented by Department of Public Works and SF Arts Commission

• StreetSmARTS program hosted by muralist Chore Boogie
• Open to artists of all ages and abilities

Kimball Athletic Field Opening Celebration (O’Farrell and Steiner)
Sponsored by City Fields and SF Recreation & Parks

• Sports drills and exercises
• Tiny tot agility course
• Free Batting cages
• Live Music performances
• Trash Mash Up parade
• Community BBQ and picnic

Japantown Peace Plaza (Post at Buchannan)
Presented by Japantown Merchants Association

• Bike rentals by Blazing Saddles
• 10-3 Chair Massage, presented by the Institute for Health & Healing, California Pacific Medical Center
• West Coast Lion Dance Troupe
• Hawaiian Dance performances
• Yoga and Meditation Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
8:30 PM: The Center for Asian American Media and the Japantown Merchants Association present a FREE outdoor showing of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE.