Posts Tagged ‘bmr’

The People Behind the Big Project at Pier 70 are DESPERATE for Your Approval – Here are the Sweeteners They’re Offering!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Or you know, what they’re planning on offering. That’s my conclusion after editing the below, which is what “FM3″ Polling is asking San Francisco voters about these days. Or rather, what you can see below is about 85% of what FM3 is asking people, more or less.

So they’re like, what will it take to get you to support our scheme for Pier 70? You want more below market rate units, you want lower height limits, you want more space for parks, you want an artist colony, JUST TELL US WHAT YOU WANT BEFORE YOU GO ALL 8 WASHINGTON ON US,  OH OH AAAAAAAAURGH!!!! You know, more or less.

Oh, and apparently, there’s a new evil meanie ID’ed as the Great Enemy of the Willie Newsom/ Gavin Lee/ Ed Brown administration. It used to be “six-foot white boy” Supervisor Chris Daly, and then it was Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, but now it’s Mayor Art Agnos. (The Establishment thinks he’s too old to be working the city fighting over height limitations. The Establishment wonders why he’s not out playing golf these days.)

Here it is:

“From FM3:
1. Would you say that say that SF is heading in the right direction or not?
2. Pier 70 is taking existing 40 foot maximum up to 90 feet, support or not?
3. Would adding these following things to the description help?
7 acres of new space for arts,
new units at potrero,
jobs,
more BMR units
5. The limit now is 40 feet. What would you say to 120, or 90, or 65 feet?
6. How many BMR units do you think P70 should have? 100, 200, 400, 750?
7. What if the Builders made more BMR units than required? What about double, triple?
8. Inclined to trust the following or not?
Art Agnos
Potrero Hill Boosters
Tony Kelly
No Wall on the Waterfront
Democratic Party
Pier 70 Artists
Malia Cohen
Dogpatch Neighborhood Assoc.
9. How long have you lived in SF?
10. How much do you make?
11. Race?
12. Sexual orientation?”

What’s This, the NeMA Building Version of The Bachelor? Software-American Kyle Zink Stars in Unusual WSJ Ad

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Here it is, writer Sarah Tilton’s latest in the Wall Street Journal:

How Techies Are Transforming San Francisco - A generation of technology workers is bringing startups, venture capitalists—and high real-estate prices.”

And here’s a Dewar’s Profile of a NeMa Building resident who doesn’t seem embarrassed to live there.

Kicking it on the rooftop with a nice mug of Smitten Brand Ice Cream no doubt:

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FREE! Park Your Motorcycle All Day on Kaplan Lane near the MoMA in the SoMA

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Well there I was looking for four Norwegian gals, trying to find Dow Alley without Google Maps (not functioning due to its monomaniacal obsession with upgrading the software on my so-called smart phone) and I stumbled upon the biggest motorcycle free parking lot that’s anywhere close to Union Square. I’m all like, why aren’t there meters for all the bikes here?

Anywho, take a gander, on the MapJack (as the view from Google StreetView was just too hard to figure out). It’s like a motorcycle showroom just out the back door of the ThirstyBear Restaurant and Brewery (ask about their Great Recesssion lunch specials).

See? On the sidewalk, in marked spaces, unmarked spaces, both sides of the street, not a ticket in sight (uh oh, see the comments, but still…) - it’s Biker’s Heaven. Click to expand:

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How on Earth did the City neglect to meterize this lane when rates have gone up 180% (that’s $100 extra per month for a typical biker, and the SFMTA wanted to raise rates higher) so far this year?

Leave us travel back to 2004, when the towaway signs got took down and unmetered parking began:

TOW-AWAY, NO STOPPING ANYTIME – RESCIND
UNMETERED MOTORCYCLE PARKING – ESTABLISH
Kaplan Lane, east side, from Clementina Street to the northern terminus.”

See that? The MUNI people, the people so rich they could afford to run CultureBuses all over town pretty much completely empty for months and months just for their own pride, actually turned down a chance to raise revenue. It’s amazing. It’s like a trip back in time when you take Clementina off of third to encounter The Alley of Free Parking.

So spread the word to all your two-wheeled buddies. Hurray!

Oh, wait a second, some of the hundreds of riders who regularly use Kaplan to Stick It To The Man want to keep things a secret. For example, Mark W. says:

Shhhhhh!!! :)

So let’s keep things on the low down. This is a secret worth keeping, despite the occasional hit-and-run chain reaction accident. Of course, there are other places to park for free in San Francisco, but they’re not all hidden away like Kaplan.

So, this is how it’ll be. When I see you carrying your helmet at the Gold Club or the Metreon, I’ll just offer my knuckles for your knocking and we’ll both say, in unison: “Kaplan, baby!”

Let’s let Yelp‘s Rachel S. make the final pitch:

“*a*b*u*n*d*a*n*t* motorcycle parking that’s strides away from Moscone center, Yerba Beuna Gardens and SFMOMA.  Tiny note that’s, y’know, likely of little interest… it’s free.  Gratis. No cuesta nada.  Really.  And what’s more, it’s safe at most all hours in my experience.  Which sort’ve stands to reason given the surrounding businesses: the early-morning dark is monitored by the Starbucks’ clientele, the late-evening hours are overseen by Thirsty Bear’s patrons.  Plus, the walk from your parked bike back to the real world is through either an architecturally rich alleyway or a sculpture garden, depending on which direction you’re headed. Win all around.”

See you there!

Kaplan Lane is in my ears and in my eyes/
There beneath the gray-ish urban skies