Posts Tagged ‘Buchanan’

Take a Look at Japantown in 1942: “Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer”

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Oh wow, man. I’m not used to seeing outer Post Street from the pre-Redevelopment era.

Western Addition: Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer

Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel—Streets of San Francisco, 1942

(Then the people from SPUR came along with “ideas and action for a better city” to Urban Renewal this place with big, hulking, earthquake-unsafe buildings (“The Mall Has It All!” – that’s what the SPUR people used to say before they changed their name to hide from their legacy) and garages and that’s where we are today.)

Harlem of the West

Esquire: “For Sukiyaki complete with chopsticks, visit “Cherryland,” where only Japanese food is served.”

Graffiti Artist or Graffiti Censor – You Make The Call

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

I think this dude on Buchanan was painting white over red, but I don’t know for sure.

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Japantown Sumo by San Francisco Photographer Dave Golden

Monday, September 10th, 2012

As seen on Post Street by Dave Golden:

Wow.

Popping Up All Over San Francisco: Do Those New Lower-Case “Clearview” Streets Signs Bother You? – Well, Not Me

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I know these new signs upset some people, but not me.

Anyway, here they are: 

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And they just changed the design not too long ago – here’s something from 2008.

But Matt Fuller seems to like the new lower-case lettering.

Hurray for the new street signs, I guess.

Japantown, San Francisco, California, USA, on Any Given Sunday: Frilly Dresses Everywhere

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Post Street, San Francisco:

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“Eire Trea – Irish & Eritrean Cuisine” – Actual Taco Truck or Made-Up Movie Prop?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Oh, come on.

As seen at Market and Buchanan:

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This one is new on me.

Let’s check the Twitter:

“Born and raised in Ireland and Eritrea, we have always had one thing in common: a love for wholesome, fresh and delicious food & come up with Afro Celt cuisine.”

OK fine.

Look What the Bicycle Coalition Has in Store: Bringing Back Hated Traffic Circles, Shutting Down Buchanan

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Ah yes, it’s the ThinkBike workshop of September 2011, whatever that was.

Now, remember the traffic circle imperative that was foisted upon us eight years ago? Oh man, did that ever suck. But, there were studies that showed how magical and great traffic circles would be, so the experiment began.

Most considered it a massive failure, but somehow the welcomed death of the Waller and Page Street traffic circles was “sad,” or something, for some people:

“Coalition project manager Josh Hart, however, acknowledges the circles may need some fine-tuning to better protect pedestrians and bicyclists. ‘People should give them a chance,’ he said. ‘It would be really sad to see this experiment fail.’”

No fine tuning was needed as fine tuning wasn’t the problem. The problem was the traffic circles themselves.

Well looky here. They’re ba-ack. Or at least some people somewhere want them to come back in some kind of recent fever dream / workshop.

See?

(That’s Page on the right – imagine a big arrow with an N next to it pointing to the left.)

This plan would ostensibly convert this part of Scott into a “slow shared street” but of course it’s a slow street and a shared street right now already, so I don’t know about that.

I’ll tell you, the San Francisco Fire Department would take a dim view of this plan, but oh well.

IRL back in the day, you’d never know what car drivers would do at traffic circled intersections - sometimes they’d stop anyway at each circle, sometimes they’d treat the circle like a Formula 1 road race chicane and cross over the crosswalks without slowing down. The promised gardens in the middle of the intersections were supposed to make the neighbors happy but that didn’t work.

The graphic also mentions deterring “cut-through traffic” on Scott Street, but isn’t that the whole point of Scott Street? You know, so people can cut-through from one part of town to another?

Oh well.

Now here’s Market, Duboce, Buchanan which is no picnic for cyclists these days, particularly people using the Wiggle route inbound going behind the Church Street Safeway:

You make the call on this one. I’ll just note that the current situation is a mess.

I don’t think I’d favor slowing down Market Street traffic any more than it’s being slowed down now by, among other things, nearby Octavia Boulevard, which for some reason takes the lion’s share of the minute and a half traffic signal cycle.

Japantown Taser-Gun Cell Phone Mugging Foiled by GPS – Suspect Caught in Twitterloin at 7th and Market

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The SFPD has just fleshed out this story of a trip to Japantown gone wrong.

Turns out the guy trying to fence(?) the booty is less than 18 years old.

Anyway, all the deets:

“SFPD Arrest Suspect by way of Smartphone GPS Technology
11-106

Posted Date: 9/30/2011

San Francisco Police Officers at Northern Station arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery by way of GPS technology.

The suspect who cannot be identified due to the fact he is a juvenile, was taken into custody on September 29, 2011 and charged for possession of stolen property.

In this incident, the victim was walking home from work on the 1600 block of Post St. at 11:00 p.m. when she was suddenly shocked in the neck by a stun gun. The suspect then stole her belongings, which included a Smartphone. Shortly after, a group of good Samaritans came to the victim’s aid and she was able to call the police.

Responding officers arrived on scene and asked the victim if she subscribed to a GPS tracking device on her Smartphone. The victim stated, “Yes”.

A tracking device is a service that allows subscribers to track their Smartphone when their device is either stolen or lost. Using GPS technology, the officers were able to track the Victim’s stolen Smartphone to the area of 7th St and Market.

Officers responded to the area and were able to track down the Smartphone through its tracking device software.

The officers were able to detain the suspect who had the Smartphone in his possession. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property.”

Well, I guess this is a happy ending…

The intersection of 7th and Market Street in San Francisco is the world capitol of black market iPhone sales:

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Hurray!

OMG, the Newish Daiso Japanese Dollar Store at Post and Buchanan is Huge – It’s Totally Out of Control

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I’ll tell you, I’m probably passing by the bustling two-year-old Daiso store on relatively flat Post Street like twenty times a week and yet I had no idea it was there until just recently.

(The reason being is that this Daiso is hiding in one of those horrible 60′s-style, earthquake-unsafe, concrete mini-malls* that make J-Town look like a ghost town, like the Land of Wind and Ghosts, even though sometimes Japantown has a lot of foot traffic in some of its stores.)

Anyway, the Yelpers think that this outlet is small, but I think it’s huge. You should get over there just for the laughs. I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll enjoy seeing (even if you don’t buy anything).

So, go to that horrible concrete tower** what symbolizes Japantown and then head across that horrible concrete plaza towards downtown and you’ll bump right into it. (I think there’s a new sign that says “East Mall” or something – right there.

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22 Peace Plz
Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94115

Enjoy!

* They Should All Be Destroyed. And hey, thanks San Francisco Redevelopment Agency! What’s this you say? You eliminated “blight” in the Western A? Hellooooo, R.A.? You is blight. You are the #1 blight producer in the 415! Veritably, you are the melon-farming C&C Blight Factory. A little self-awareness would help. Hey, why not have a ceremony and apologize to everybody about what you’ve been doing in the Fillmore the past half-century plus? All right, Go Forth and Sin No More.

**Actually, it’s somewhat historically accurate (I think it’s inspired from similar towers in the Nara region) to the shock of most Japanese, who consider it something Chinese, or something, just anything but Japanese-style.

There’s Free WiFi in Japantown Courtesy of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and AT&T? Hurray!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Remember that jackass mayor we had not too long ago? Remember all his unkept promises, like Citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco?

I do. Bad times. I think it was 2005.

Anyway, these days the few areas around town you where you can rely on free govt. Wi-Fi are around federal housing projects. (One time my Samsung could see the Valencia Gardens WiFi all the way from Civic Center. Good times.)

Anyway, I guess “jtown connected” is the Wi-Fi you can get on Post in the Western Addition.

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Hurray!