Posts Tagged ‘building’

An Expensive Tow Job in the Western Addition – White (Zone) Privilege Revoked by the SFMTA – Five Minutes is Five Minutes

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

OMG, just look at this truck. I’m thinking that this tow cost a bit more than the normal $500 or whatever our SFMTA charges:

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Thinking this was a moving van from out of state what was parked in a white zone for more than five minutes with nobody “in attendance” as they say. Or maybe it was some kind of hazard, IDK.

That’s Life In The Big City…

The Secret is OUT About Using the LUCKY PENNY PARKING LOT to Shop at Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

It says a lot about Frisco Planning that a simple gro sto is so packed with people, oh well.

Anyway, parking at the 100th Trader Joe’s continues to be a bear. So much so that people continue to park in the northbound lane of Masonic and then dash across five lanes of traffic.* Has somebody gotten killed doing this? Yes, in this very spot, not that long ago:

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The reason why people do this is because it’s a PITA to approach TJS100 from any direction but north. This is by design. Oh well.

But look:

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A formerly unwritten policy got written down and a small lot at Geary and Masonic became officially available for use. Now, you can easily approach from the west, south and east, by using the south entrance of the Lucky Penny lot.

Oh, about that Lucky Penny. It was a terrible, terrible diner:

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Believe me. Sad!!!

Anyway, it got shut down for some housing project, so the parking lot became the Land of Wind and Ghosts, an empty gallery for taggers. See? (That pole sometime vibrates in the wind, back and forth, like a G6, like a G6, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.)

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It was a cat and mouse game of paint and repaint. After a while, things got cleaned up, to make room for new tags:

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But then this unused public realm got activated and people started using the lot again, but for shopping at Joe’s.

Did the average shopper notice? IDK. The queue for People With Cars (this is an actual phrase – I didn’t make it up) still sometimes would go Over The Hill towards the Pine Euclid area. I mean that’s gotta be 20 cars in line to get into the cramped TJ’s lot sometimes. And some of these people have rented a Getaround car just for one shopping trip – they’re On The Clock, tick tick tick. Anyway, during these busy times, the LP lot would be half empty, oddly, as if people didn’t know they should park her.

But these days, the Lucky Penny lot gets all filled up – it wasn’t like this even a few months ago. People have learned The Secret.

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But there’s a Threat. It’s that darn housing project. Now I don’t think that TJ’s shoppers are in a position to “save” this temporary lot, but, Man, they sure will complain once they get kicked out for construction.

And then the new building, with perhaps 200-300 residents will have underground parking spaces for like nine cars? Well, that’s something that’ll be up for debate. Area Residents want this parking space number to be around 100 spaces. (They care not about any alleged housing crises. They care about their daily street parking crisis.) Activists would prefer the aforementioned nine and Planning? Well, Planning will come in somewhere inbetwixt, one surmises.

Let’s save that conflict for The Future…

*Or, they park on Ralph Waldo Emerson Street, walk onto the roof and then down the stairs and then into the grocery. This is kind of crazy but it happens. Of course, this rooftop parking could be avail for the typical TJ’s shopper, but the residents of the Emerson cul-de-sac** would burn down City Hall afore they’d allow that.  

**I said “sack.” Heh. Good one, me. 

The King of Noe Valley: How on Earth Did This RMC Signage Get Approved? – Larger Than Life, Twice as Ugly

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Vox populi:

Talk about an easy to find building. The sign is hokey but totally works when you’re driving around looking for RMC”

Not that I care, but:

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Actually, this dude is starting to seem like a total baller to me now.

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Now I want HIM on my side during my next real estate transaction.

All Hail Real Estate Dude.

My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Ghost Ship Memorial, In Situ, San Francisco Bay – This is How Most Will See It, from I-80 or W. Frontage Road

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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And of course, million upon millions of people will see it I think it will stick around.

2016 Oakland Warehouse Fire

Artist creates actual Ghost Ship as tribute in Emeryville

USF Lone Mountain Campus in Lord of the Rings Font

Monday, July 17th, 2017

I said melon a few times, but it didn’t work.

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They should try Comic Sans next…

Interloper!

Monday, June 12th, 2017

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One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

Our Historic Hibernia Bank Now has Three (3!) Fences to Protect Itself from the Twitterloin Milieu

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Just count them, Gentle Reader:

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And look, somebody is actually going in/out – a rare sighting.

Back in the ’90s, my buds would buy bad weed on these very steps, but that was before this area became known as the Thieves Market. (And my other buds living in a nearby dorm would grow their own buds with powerful grow lamps in tiny closets because 1) Electricity was unmetered by the school so it was free (no additional cost to use all the juice you wanted) and 2) Electricity was unmetered so there was no way PG&E / the popo could detect your outrageous use of juice, you know, the increase. Ah mem’ries.))

Anyway, this place only needed one fence back then…

Your View of the Farallon Islands from Inside the 3.5-Starred Charlie Sava Pool Way Out There in the Sunset

Friday, May 19th, 2017

On a clear day, you can see the world’s most mouse-infested island from 19th Avenue:

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I was there at Sava during its kickoff back in aught-nine – this place was a money-no-object kind of thing, so I’m kind of surprised it’s only rated 3.5 on the Yelp scale.

Western Addition Building Goes Full Trump

Friday, May 12th, 2017

At the corner of Ticky and Tacky…

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Revamped Building is All Window, or as Much as It Can be in Victorian/Edwardian Frisco

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Boy, that’s a lot of window:

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You don’t want to have too much window in Frisco, else you’ll run into trouble:

“…large windows and unusual highly glassy appearance were a statement of class and privilege.”