Posts Tagged ‘blvd.’

Chicanery in the Presidio: An Actual Street Chicane Has Been Put in to Slow Down Drivers in a Housing Area

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Here we go:

chicane is an artificial feature creating extra turns in a road, used in motor racing and on streets to slow traffic for safety. Chicane comes from the French verb chicaner, which means “to quibble” or “to prevent justice.”

And here’s an example of one, in the Presidio on Washington Boulevard near Nauman Road by base housing:

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(One assumes that area fire departments would simply drive over these chicanes on Washington Blvd. in an emergency)

Someday I’ll drive through this chicane in a car – it’s on my bucket list.

Well, Here It Is – Here’s Your Newly-Repaved Kezar Drive, July 2014

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

For the life of me, I can’t tell the difference between the bad, terrible, bumpy old Kezar (seen in the background) and the new, wonderful, freshly-paved Kezar (seen in the foreground), you know, except for the color.

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So Yeah, Kezar Drive Will Be Closed Until July 3rd Starting Today, But Only at Night – From 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

[UPDATE: Here's a FaceBook posting from June 20th, from a less-than-reliable-source, one that earlier stated that this job already would have been done by now, that I don't think you could find even if you searched for it, that's designed mostly to take credit for a "job well done" (as opposed to informing the affected public (most of whom don't even live in District Five)), that doesn't even mention the terms SFMTA or DPW, that I suppose is a kind of official notice.]

Earlier, I read this sign as Kezar Drive Closed From June 23rd to July 30th, so I was baffled as to why there was nothing posted online on this topic.

So now, after taking a photo and looking at it, I see that the closure is for just 11 scheduled days and only at night.

See?

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I’m still baffled as to why no SFGov entity has posted anything about this online, oh well.

Anyway, this thing kicks off tonight – here’s the foreperson getting ready for work.

WINTER IS COMING to the Sunset District: “FULL ROADWAY CLOSURE” for Kezar Drive Begins June 23rd – Grinding and Repaving

Monday, June 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: The mystery, she is solved - this closure will be at night only.]

Uh, is Kezar Drive going to be totally shut down 24-7 for weeks starting next week?

I think so. Here’s the ominous sign:

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So here’s something I didn’t know:

Kezar Drive is scenic, but bumpy

Actually, it’s not scenic at all, but no matter, ’cause apparently it’s “bumpy?”

So who’s the poster child for this particular issue? Comes now Sunset District resident Wesley Dere:

“Sunset District resident Wesley Dere watches cars navigate bumpy Kezar Drive. Dere says his car has been knocked out of alignment twice.” 

So this is nice because we’ve got the word “says” in there. (Like, “Fisherman Buford McGee says he was abducted by Martians.”) But, oh man, if the alignment on your Impala has gotten “knocked out” twice by Kezar Drive, then there’s something wrong with you, the owner-operator of said Impala.

Who, oh who, will solve this problem for us? Well guess what - London Claus is coming to town with a grand gift for the residents of the western reaches of District Five, Supervisor London Breed is Fixing Kezar Drive:

“I am very happy to report that after some rather insistent lobbying from our office, the Department of Public Works has identified funding to grind and repave Kezar Drive, the street that connects Lincoln to Oak and Fell. This is a major East-West artery that has been left crumbling for years. My office navigated a bureaucratic maze to see this project through (the road is technically Rec and Park’s responsibility and is somehow ineligible for most paving funding sources). Now it looks like we will have a smooth road by the end of June.”

Well, substitute “July” for June, but this thing is a “go.”

So, who deserves the credit for this grand gift? IMO, credit should go to the little elves, all those tax- and fee-payers who did the work that got taxed and fee’d enough to provide the funding to pay for this project. OTOH, in the opinion of the Office of London Breed, credit should go to London Claus. As always, You Make The Call, Gentle Reader.

Now I suppose it’s good to pave roads, but this looks like a Cadillac solution to a Chevy kind of problem, this looks like weeks (or months?) of trouble for Our Neighbors In The Sunset, those poor souls out there in San Francisco County, all for sake of letting Wesley Dere’s Chevrolet slide.

Of course I don’t really care about all this, not really, as I’m not likely to be affected and I wouldn’t care even if I had to deal with this each and every day. I’ll note that the grid’s ability to recover from temporarily losing the use of this choke point has been degraded over the recent years, so Waller’s not going to be an option and “cutting through” the Music Concourse isn’t going to be an option and yada yada.

Perhaps Kezar really is in bad bad shape and I just don’t notice because my aging Toyota had unfashionably small wheels even when it was new and, you know, the City and County should go out of its way to accommodate drivers with 22 inch wheels and 30-profile tires.

Perhaps. I just don’t know how a regular town, one without district elections, would handle* something like Kezar Drive…

*And I also wonder if other towns would try to post something on the Internet once it’s decided to do something, as this electronic sign was my only clue about this big news.

STINGER:

Alvord Lake Bridge is not a bridge, it’s a pedestrian tunnel. Discuss. Oh, I’ll start – it’s wider than it is long, so how many bridges fit that bill?

Alvord Lake isn’t a lake, it’s a very small pond, smaller than some koi ponds people have in the backyard. Discuss

Inbound Kezar Drive should have two lanes instead of just the one in the area of Alvord Lake Bridge. Make It So. Oh, what’s that? No, I don’t care, just make it so.

Word on the Street: “NOPE”

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Impressive verticality, relevant message, such graffiti:

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It’s Bayshore, baby!

Essentially the discarded skin of the 101 freeway - Bayshore Boulevard used to be the freeway, until the currently used “James Lick Freeway” was built in the 1950s.”

Photo: If You Park Your Car Like This on the Sidewalk in Front of Your Garage, Some Pedestrian Just Might Kick It

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Boy, if I parked an aging Honda like this and then came back to find part of its right side all stove in like this, I’d think, “Gee, maybe some ped got mad and kicked my car right where s/he wanted to walk.”

And the I wouldn’t park on the fucking sidewalk anymore.

As seen on Masonic, home of absurdly wide (22 feet(!) in some places) sidewalks filled with not too many pedestrians and a whole bunch of cars:

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Our Unique RUSSIA HOUSE Restaurant/Bar is Now Closed? Oh Well – Here’s What You Missed Out On

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Well, the curtains are gone so this icon is now a see through building, news to me.

Otherwise, the place looks the same:

Read on, for the memories – from a half-decade ago:

“No, not that Russia House, written by John le Carré and starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. And not that one either.

It’s this one, the restaurant at 2011 Bayshore Blvd. in freeway-close Visi Valley. Would you be brave enough to check it out after reading what the Yelpers have to say and seeing that even our municipal government won’t venture foot in there?

Comes now bold Michael Procopio who brought a brace of his “girls” down there to check things out for Bay Area Bites.

Read all about it.

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Neon, fur, and vodka – who could ask for anything more?

It seems like Russia House is great place to go, if only to watch a party from another culture. (In Russia, Party watch you!)

Check it out, if you want.”

OMG, the SFPD is Now Using Radar Guns to Enforce the New Lower Speed Limit on Masonic – “It’s an Illegal Outrage!”

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Well, gee, this is new.

First of all, I’ve never seen the SFPD driving around in one of their new-fangled Ford Taurus POLICE INTERCEPTERS*

And second of all,  I can’t recall seeing the SFPD using handheld radar guns pointed out the rolled-down window of a radio car,** in all my years.

An officer “likes” his Kustom Signals Directional Talon Radar Gun,  pointed southward on Masonic Boulevard over the Labor Day weekend:

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A bystander on one of the gratuitously super-wide sidewalks of Masonic said that this cop using radar on this street was, “an outrage, an illegal outrage.”

Which I don’t think is true, actually.

The SFPD has said for a long time  it uses radar for speed enforcement, but its spokespeople are cagey about it, I don’t know why.

Now I’ll tell you, this scene was south of Fulton (which of course has a much higher maximum speed (35 MPH at least in the Richmond)), compared with Masonic’s 25 MPH) betwixt Hayes and Grove and most of the speeding goes on north of Fulton,  in the hilly area south of Anza, where there are just two signals and they are more or less synced.

Anyway, in a land where we can’t put up proper cell phone towers, the police are allowed to point radar guns at you from cars.

Go figure.

*Which is just a ridiculous name for a car. Intercepter actually can mean something in a military*** setting, but using the term for a regular old police car is 100% marketing. How about “heavy-duty” or “police special” instead, Ford, you know, for your ugly, ugly big-on-the-outside, small-on-the-inside Taurus?

**Radar carts, sure, and the motor patrol, sure, but not from a parked car.

***Yes, the US Coast Guard is a branch of the military, the smallest branch, AAMOF.

Harsh: North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus Mock the Richmond District for Being Foggy in the Summer – Billboard Ads – Snarky!

Friday, August 9th, 2013

As seen on Geary (east of Arguello in the Inner Inner Richmond, which some don’t consider to be in The Richmond at all fair ‘nough.)

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Direct your unfocused rage here.

R.I.P. Reggie Pettus, 73 – The Fillmore’s New Chicago Barber Shop Now Shuttered – Memorial on May 11th, 2013

Monday, May 6th, 2013

R.I.P.

Reggie Pettus
ProprietorNew Chicago Barber Shop, 1551 Fillmore

The memorial will be on Saturday May 11th from Noon to 6:00 PM at Duggan’s Funeral Home, 3434 17th St. near Valencia in the Mission District, San Francisco, California 94110 (415) 431-4900.

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Via Seth N:

“To my great dismay, I stopped by to get my hair cut today, only to find the place boarded up. It seems the barbers have moved on to other places.

Kevin has moved to 1315 Fillmore, just down the street, while Al and Gail have moved to Esquire Barber Shop at 1826 Geary Blvd.

I’ve been getting my hair cut her e since 2006, and it’s a shame to see such a place just disappear. The barbers were nice, remembered me even after I left the city for a couple years, and always fixed me up right. Plus, the moment you walked in you could feel the history of the place, there was a nice feel there.

I wish the staff all the best, and I’ll be seeking out Kevin soon at his new location.”