Posts Tagged ‘boulevard’

Which Looks More Like a Jail – the New 8 Octavia Condo Building or the Actual San Francisco Jail in SoMA?

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Better A…

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…or better B?

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Only one of these buildings is a “stunning victory for architectural freedom over bureaucratic stupidity.”

But You Make The Call, Gentle Reader.

In other news, Octavia Boulevard continues to be a failure. What went wrong? What can we do to avoid future mistakes like Octavia Boulevard? IMO, there was waaaay to much input from self-interested millionaires who lived in Hayes Valley.

The Traffic Speedometers the SFMTA Installed on Masonic Don’t Work Very Well

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Masonic is a crazy street with a crazy history. Like, 4 Masonic is more than 1000 feet away from 5 Masonic, for instance – what’s up with that? And on the other end of this street, up around the 1000 block, well, that’s where mayoral wives have lived, like Blanche Brown, you know, our First Lady up until ten years ago, the woman  that most people in town weren’t aware of, and, more recently, Jennifer Newsom, who moved away to Marin just months after husband Gavin was hectoring families to NOT move to Marin County, oh well.

Anyway, there have been three pedestrian / cyclist deaths on Masonic* in recent memory, so that’s part of the reason why the SFMTA installed a pair of speedometers to tell drivers how fast they’re going.

The problem is that they don’t work very well.

Like here. Moments before, it was indicating 24 MPH, but then it jumped up to 32 MPH all of a sudden for no reason. All the cars were moving about the same pace uphill and there was no traffic traveling down the hill:

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Speaking of which, the speedometer for traffic heading downhill is even less accurate. Sometimes it’s spot-on, sometimes it wildly optimistic, and other times it’s blank.

What’s the value in these speedometers if they don’t work?

Oh what’s that, MUNI / SFMTA? You don’t care, because you’ve moved on to other things?

Oh, OK.

*Two were due to very drunk drivers, who both kept on going (one ended up crashing into St. Mary’s and the other got busted near USF) and the other was due to a Trader Joe’s shopper jaywalking across Masonic north of Geary – this kind of jaywalking still happens hundreds of times a day even now.

Tale of Two Brand-New Traffic Signals – Creating Traffic Jams on Masonic Near the New Target Store

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Here’s your SFMTA at work.

Before, it wanted timed lights to encourage drivers to go 25 MPH:

Signal Timing Adjustments Analyzed  signal timing along Masonic and expect to be implemented  by the end of November

But now, this is what you see southbound from Anza / O’Farrell:

See that? As the light at Anza goes green, the light at Ewing Terrace goes red, so both northbound and southbound traffic backs up at Ewing Terrace whether anybody wants to cross Masonic on foot or enter or leave  Ewing Terrace in a car.

I don’t get the SFMTA,

SFGov Installed a New Traffic Signal on Masonic for Just One Cul-De-Sac and They Put It On a Timer? Nightmare on Ewing Terrace

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

So let’s see here, back in the day a mom living on Ewing  Terrace went to an SFMTA meeting complaining about how it took her “20 minutes” to pull out of Ewing Terrace, so because of that a new traffic signal has been installed.

Check it: 

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Now that this signal has been lit, there’s no way you can miss it because it stops traffic on Masonic every 75 seconds these days.

THEY PUT IT ON A TIMER?!

What’s so special about this tiny street?

SFMTA, do you realize that you talk about speeding up MUNI, but how’s this going to help? Actually, it’s going to hurt. This light routinely slows down MUNI for no apparent reason.

Is this a temporary thing?

IDK.

Anyway, they wanted the support of this mom for the new spending the SFMTA wants to do on Masonic, so they’re all oh, this lady wants a light, so let’s throw her a bone and then she’ll be on our side…

I suppose that worked.

Perhaps eventually, this signal will be pedestrian / user activated?

Perhaps eventually, this signal will be automatically switched to green when a MUNI bus approaches using some kind of transit override function?

We’ll see.

But in the meantime, it appears that the SFMTA just spent Target’s money to slow down MUNI…

 

Mel’s Drive-In Partially Goes Gluten-Free – Buckwheat Pancakes Anybody? – Sic Transit Gloria 94118

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Mel’s Drive-In at 3355 Geary: 1953 to 1974 and 1988 to 2014?

Single Tenant, net leased commercial property on a very large lot with excellent development potential for 23 residential units plus ground floor commercial. 25 car parking lot. Term of lease is based on exercise of option. CAP rate is market projection only. Current CAP rate is 4.02. Inner Richmond District

Good-bye, Mel’s. I’ll remember you for 50′s nostalgia and your gluten-free pancakes…

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.

Decorative Cantilever, BOULEVARD Cafe, Daly City, USA

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright or Frank Lloyd Wrong – You Make The Call:

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Come for the hash browns, stay for the Great Art Deco Architecture

How the SFPD Reacts to Deadly Accidents at the Poorly-Designed Intersection of Yorba and Sunset Avenue

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

IDK, in any other part of California, there’d be a button to push for peds wanting to cross Sunset at Yorba. And that would make the light go red and then the peds would cross.

But for some reason, SFGov put in a button that merely flashed yellow lights, because, because why? Because a flashing yellow light is better than no light at all? Au contraire, not at all. IRL, the flashing yellow HAWK lights at Yorba are a big failure. The only thing they succeeded in is creating cases for the District Attorney to ponder.

IRL, peds don’t need to push no button and they don’t even need to look before they cross over Sunset – no matter what they do here, any collision will be the fault of the driver. Who designed this set up, one wonders.

Anyway, the SFPD is well aware of the carnage of course, so here’s how it responds whenever somebody gets run over. Look to the right of the photo and you’ll see an unoccupied SFPD van just sitting there to put a little fear into the minds of drivers:

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Is this technique effective? IDK.

OMG, These Stupid Experimental Pedestrian Warning Lights are Still Operating at Yorba And Sunset? Who Is To Blame?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I’ve heard the local nonprofit-government complex call these unusual pedestrian-activated flashing yellow lights “HAWK Beacons,” but they don’t look like what’s in Wiki.

See? They’re still there:

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These signals only flash yellow, unlike the examples of HAWKs I’ve seen on the web.

Who approved these signals? What was the intent? Was it to save money? Was it to spend money? Why didn’t SF put in traditional lights a long time ago?

And is this crazy set-up* a factor for the DA to keep in mind when deciding how to handle accidents? Well, I’ll answer this one:

Oh Hell Yes.

San Franciscans obvs. can’t handle having a single simple freeway taking traffic from the south up north towards the Golden Gate Bridge, so Sunset Boulevard (or Parkway or whatever people cal it) is part of the solution. But it hasn’t been managed properly.

That is the fault of whom?

IDK.

*I can’t think of a situation where a vehicle vs. ped collision at this intersection could be the fault of the ped, unless the ped had been running in the crosswalk. So you end up with a dead ped and a driver who’s legally at fault – is that a good situation?

 

Octavia Boulevard Rorschach Test: What Do You See Here? Do You See an Unmitigated Disaster or a “Model” for Others?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Wow.

It’s over 100 feet wide (and some people wanted it wider. In fact the Chief Architect herself says it’s too wide, but oh well.)

Let’s see here, a stalled lane of traffic next to another stalled lane of traffic next to one of three useless medians next to an unused lane next to a lane so rich white people can park their cars. And then repeat on the other side and then pat yourself on the back for a job well done:

(Most “new ideas” are bad ideas, of course.)

Oh well.