Posts Tagged ‘boulevard’

Congested Traffic For No Reason: What Happens When the Wealthy People of Hayes Valley Design Streets

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

So what have we here – do we have about 25 cars* backed up on Page attempting to get on the glorified 101 freeway onramp / offramp entitled Octavia Boulevard:

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I ask of you, Gentle Reader, was this situation advertised as a part of the Octavia Boulevard project? I can tell you no it wasn’t.

Was this a particularly busy Sunday? NOPE, just a regular lazy Sunday as you can see by looking across horrible horrible Octavia Boulevard.

So what do you suggest, that all these people should take Sunday/Holiday schedule MUNI to the Caltrain or BART to get where they’re going? Well, gee that could very well take all of Sunday to get There And Back Again, right? You see, our society is wedded to the automobile. You may not like that, but that’s reality. And Octavia Boulevard certainly isn’t helping anything.

Hey, doesn’t this traffic belong on Oak? Yep. But the backups on Oak are worse – they routinely go much longer than 25 vehicles.

Perhaps, Comrade, this situation is only temporary as our automobile infrastructure withers away? Well, IDTS. Car registrations in Frisco are higher than ever right? We’ll have to wait for the 2016 data from the DMV but that data should be out soon and it will indicate another increase, to be sure.

And what of Uber, Lyft and the other TNCs? That’s a factor as well.

And all these factors are a good reason for a place like Hayes Valley, which is a crossroads, to better allow people to pass through. Obviously, the millionaire homeowning activists behind Octavia Boulevard might want to “improve” HV but how does that benefit everybody as a group. You know, most people in the world aren’t homeowing millionaire white people living in Hayes Valley, right?

Anyway, what this ridiculously short, ridiculously wide Boulevard ends up doing is blocking people from getting from Point A to B, and that includes People With Cars, and People On Buses, and People On Bikes and even People With Shoes walking about, right?

Hey, how about this, why not eliminate left turns from Page and Haight onto Octavia? That would help.

But what’s ridiculous is Hayes Valley people trying to create more traffic so their hood could go upscale.

And along with the is the left turn allowed going from inbound Market to Octavia. Left turns are rare on Market of course, and they’re allowed on the blocks preceding and following Octavia, so why do we allow left turns at already congested Market and Octavia? Oh, for the convenience of those living in Hayes Valley, the ones who laid things out?

Seems a little crazy to me…

*Oh, I’m sorry, it should be People With Cars in the vernacular of the day. Isn’t that right you People With Cellphones and you People With PCs? All right, time to get dressed this AM – I think I’ll wear some Jeans of Blue

A Modest Proposal to Lessen the Impact of Horrible Octavia “Boulevard” by Removing Parking Spaces on Oak

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The cars on the left lane of this block are parked, which is part of the reason why this block of Oak has idling cars on it all the time.

So why not make the left a tow away zone, allowing drivers to get through this congested block more easily? All the SFMTA would have to do is take out like eight spaces:

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I mean, is this situation here what was “envisioned” a dozen years ago?

Church Street Update: Two Cars Turning Left – One from the Left Lane and One from the RIght Lane

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Both these drivers wanted to turn left on northbound Church and left turns are allowed on weekends, but I can’t tell you which driver is turning left from the wrong lane.

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Oh well.

There’s a similar situation on nearby Octavia “Boulevard” with right turns – drivers wonder if it’s legal to turn right from the middle lane. Apparently, putting up signs is considered “bad design,” which is ironic since all of Octavia Boulevard is bad design.

Oh well…

Here’s All What’s Left of 1994’s Giant “Gold Mountain” Mural at Romolo Place in North Beach – Graffiti

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

First, the giant mural of Romolo was all like this:

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But now it’s all like this – I haven’t been through this way since it got painted over, thusly:

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Due to this:

“I’m done with them. That’s why the mural is painted over,” Sherry said. She said that during the 2004 restoration, which took almost a year, she worked on the mural six days a week for almost a year and was only compensated for transportation and lunch. “It was an absolute nightmare,” she said. “All they could pay me was coming out of their poor little pockets, so I accepted it because at the time I could afford to take a lot of time to do this. … So I basically just did the work, and they let it go to hell again.

There was a theory that murals discourage graffiti. I don’t know well that theory worked out…

FLASHBACK: Recalling When Hipsters of the Lower Haight Tried to Own and Operate an AMC Pacer for a Laugh or Two

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

This was the scene on Haight Street back in the aughts (and back when CWNevius still lived in the East Bay, where he belongs and where he’d be happier) – four urban youts inside of one AMC Pacer:

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This thing was advertised as the “first wide small car,” and maybe it was. (Back in the day, certainly, it was wide enough for the Sandwich King.)

(Perhaps Google should have used these cars to carry their Street View sensors around? Compared to brand-new, bright red hybrid Priuseses, a fleet of old Pacers would have attracted less attention from John Law.)

But look, Gentle Reader, they loved Pacers in France, for some reason:

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All right, let’s say au revoir to les hipsters de Haight, seen after they’d navigated through the already failed Octavia Boulevard “urbanist”/urbonaut experiment/ongoing fiasco:

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(Headrests are for squares of course.)

Stay safe in your overweight, underpowered, low-MPG, two-ton fishbowl!

The Only Time I’ve Ever Seen Poorly-Designed Octavia Boulevard NOT Completely Congested with Traffic During Rush Hour – MLK Day, 2016

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

4:30 PM people – on a Monday:

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I hardly recognize the place…

Vaunted Octavia Boulevard’s Vaunted Parklet Program, Covered in Garbage – Can SFMTA Issue a $68 Ticket or Something?

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Isn’t that the fee these days, for blocking a street sweeper?

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This parklet blocks street sweepers like all the time, right?

19th Avenue is the New Alternative to Poorly Designed and Administered Sunset Boulevard, Believe It Or Not

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Here it is, 19th Avenue in the Sunset / Parkside, with traffic going about 38-40 MPH through green light after green light in sections marked for 30 MPH:

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Historically, Sunset has been the alternative to congested 19th, but things have changed lately. Of course, Sunset was a bad idea, a big wide boulevard with pointless medians up the yingyang. The question now is what to do about it.

Oh well.

Selling the Richmond District, Alliteratively! – “Enjoy Our Parks & Piroshki & Biking & Bagels & Beaches & Burgers…”

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Here you go:

An Invest in Neighborhoods grant was awarded to Richmond District YMCA and Geary Merchants Association to install banners along the corridor.”

I don’t know, perhaps I didn’t come across all of these banners, but this version of our Richmond District seems like sunny Santa Monica with a schmear of Caucasian emigres thrown in:

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What is SFGov funding here, a nostalgia trip for the Wizened & White, the Millionaires & Merchants of Geary Blvd?

Could be…

These banners remind me of this effort in North Beach back in The Aughts

I mean, are we talking about the Richmond District of 2015, or of 1915?

(And “burgers,” what? I can think of exactly one burger place in the Richmond District what has more than 3.5 Yelp stars and it is in no way a destination restaurant.)

Tell me, Gentle Reader, what have I missed?

I’ll leave you with this, a neutral snapshot of the Richmond IRL, a perspective NOT funded by SFGov:

The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco, California, developed initially in the late 19th century. It is sandwiched between Presidio of San Francisco (north) and Golden Gate Park (south). It is sometimes confused with Richmond, a city 20 miles (32 km) north of San Francisco. With the Pacific Ocean on its west, the Richmond is known for its foggy weather and colder climate due to the wind chills blowing from the ocean. It is also home to a vast affluent Chinese population and its commercial strips on Geary Blvd. and Clement Street are commonly referred to as the second Chinatown and boasts more highly rated Chinese restaurants than Chinatown itself. The Richmond also has deep Irish and Russian roots and has many Catholic and Orthodox churches.”

The Anatomy of the Great SFPD SENIOR CITIZEN FACILITY Speed Trap on Fulton

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Here it is, looking west at around 37th Avenue:

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And here’s what you should be looking at – the aging SFPD SUV with radar on the left, the 30 MPH speed limit sign in the middle, and the SPEED LIMIT 25 MPH / SENIOR CITIZEN FACILITY signs on the right:

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Read all about it here, courtesy of a disgruntled Prius driver what got a ticket last year, when the speed limit zones on this stretch of Fulton went 35-25-35. As you can see, these days it goes 30-25-30, but the concept’s the same.

One would think SFGov would want to put in a few more traffic signals in this area, but one would be wrong.

Anyway, here’s the perspective from inside a police car via Stanley Roberts of People Behaving Badly fame: Fulton 500 Speedway.