Posts Tagged ‘central’

More Signs of Life at 1751 Fulton, the Death Zone for Restaurants – Former Poleng Lounge / Social Club / Storyville Avail for $18K/Mo

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

I don’t know, what kind of business could you run to cover the $4 per square foot per month rent on this foggy, windblown section of Fulton across the street from the Lucky?

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Back in the day, it looked like this on the weekends, with college kids barfing up here and there:

Of course, back in the day the business that actually made money on this side of the block was the quite active whorehouse called Gabin. These days, it’s world famous Papalote what’s earning the dollars with their expensive burritos.

But what kind of restaurant would you put in to meet your payroll and pay the rent of $1000 a day in this out-of-the-way location?

I’m clueless

 

The “Save Masonic” People are Back Opposing Changes to Masonic Avenue – But Battle is Over – Serious Congestion Coming

Monday, July 29th, 2013

I’ll tell you, the “average,” the typical user of Masonic will in no way benefit from spending eight  figures worth of taxpayer dollars on a 3000 foot stretch of Masonic betwixt Fell and the new City Target Store up on Mervyn’s Heights at Geary.

And that’s sort of funny ’cause this recently-greenlighted project was billed as being “accommodating” to “all users,” as something that would benefit all.

Now myself, perhaps I’ll end up benefiting from the changes, we’ll see. But I live too close to Masonic to feel right about advocating ‘n stuff. Seems selfish. (I’ll tell you, I sure feel sorry for those living in the West Bay, out there in the Fog Belt.)

But you,  if you use Masonic to get from one place or another, you’re going to be fucked during the AM and PM drives. That’ll also include car drivers, and passengers, and bus drivers and passengers, etc. Cyclists will benefit but for peds, well, it won’t really matter. Abutting property owners will probably appreciate the new trees on the new useless medians. And that’s about it.

Where all the traffic will go during the morning and evening drives, well, we’ll see.

Anyway, here’s the latest:

Joshua Calder was pretty drunk when he killed Nils Linke, but the other driver, the one who killed the purported “jaywalking”  ped, wasn’t he DUI as well? (I’ll point out that both these deaths happened outside of the rush hours.)

Anyway, here are some more deets from the rebel forces:

“San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agencyis planning to remove all parking along Masonic Avenue from Fell Street to Geary Boulevard, reduce the travel lanes during rush hour so there will only be two lanes in each direction at all times (except the West (southbound) side of Masonic for the block between Hayes and Fell, which will be three lanes), install a concrete median strip with trees in the middle of the street, and install bike lanes at both curb lanes (concrete cycle tracks, above the roadway and below sidewalk level). There will be bus bulbouts, so when buses stop to load and unload passengers, only one travel lane will be moving. In order to cross Masonic and to access the bus stops, pedestrians will have to cross the cycle track. MTA estimates the project will cost $18.2 million. The actual final cost is anyone’s guess.The Masonic cycle track project will have the following impacts:
Be dangerous for cyclists and for drivers pulling out of driveways. Drivers’ ability to see cyclists will be limited. Also, cars pulling out of driveways on a busy street such as Masonic can only do so when motor vehicle traffic is stopped by a red light. Some cyclists don’t always obey traffic signals, vehicles could be pulling out of driveways when they don’t expect any traffic, only to hit an unexpected cyclist. Because some cyclists don’t use lights, this will be even more dangerous at night.
Result in the loss of around 167 street parking spaces. The actual number may be more because MTA counts 20 linear feet as a parking space, but some of the parking spaces along Masonic between driveways are less than 20 feet and may not be included in the count. Also, residents of Masonic will no longer be able to park across their driveways.
Increase congestion on Masonic, especially during rush hour.
Increase traffic on nearby streets, as some drivers avoid the increased traffic on Masonic.
Increase pollution in the area, as drivers circle further and longer in search of parking, and as traffic on the nearby streets is increased.
Jeopardize public safety by slowing down emergency response time.
Make it much more difficult for residents on Masonic to: load/unload people and packages; have items delivered; have visitors; move in and out of their homes; and have construction, maintenance, painting and other work done.
Make it harder for businesses to get deliveries of their products.
The major parking loss will especially hurt seniors and disabled people, who are limited in how far they can walk and how many streets they can cross. It will also make it more difficult for them to have home visits from caregivers, Meals on Wheels, physical, respiratory, occupational and other therapists, and repair services from wheelchair repair companies.
Increase the personal safety risk at night for residents returning to their homes and visitors returning to their cars after visiting friends, as they will have to park further from their residence or their friend’s home. The risk will especially increase for the most vulnerable – women, seniors and disabled people.
Currently, vehicles going eastbound on Geary turn right onto southbound Masonic using a dedicated right turn lane before Masonic, thus avoiding having to go all the way to Masonic. The project will remove this lane, so both vehicles turning southbound and those proceeding straight on Geary will have to go all the way to Masonic. Congestion will increase, especially with the additional traffic from the Target store.
Create a chaotic, congested mess on Masonic and the surrounding areas during the 18 month construction period.
Motor vehicle traffic on Masonic was over 32,000 vehicles per day in 2010 (measured by MTA at Masonic at Fulton). Because many automobiles carry more than one person, more than 32,000 people ride on Masonic on a typical day. With the new Target store at Masonic and Geary slated to open, this volume will increase dramatically. In contrast, per SFMTA measurements, during the PM rush hour there were only 20 bikes per hour at Masonic/Golden Gate and only 32 per hour at Masonic/Fell. (And some of those at Masonic/Fell may have been proceeding along Fell, not Masonic.)
Masonic Avenue can be improved without creating these dangers, impacts and hardships, and without spending $18.2 million. More trees can be planted along the sidewalk, lighting can be improved and bus shelters added. And rather than encouraging cyclists to bike along one of the busiest North-South streets in San Francisco, a better and safer North-South bike route can be created that includes the existing bike lanes along Baker, just a few blocks from Masonic. See updates page for more information.
Click here for a description of an alternative bike route.What can you do to help save Masonic? The MTA Board of Directors approved the cycle track project in September 2012. It will happen unless you get involved! It’s imperative that you contact Mayor Ed Lee, the Board of Supervisors, Supervisors London Breed, Eric Mar and Mark Farrell, the MTA Board, Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin and potential funding sources, and ask them to stop this disaster in the making. It’s also critical to attend meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the MTA Board.
See updates page for more information.

Mid-Market Black Market Update: Donated Food for Sale, for Cheap! Oh and Millville “Crisp Rice” Cereal is Actually from General Mills

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Go figure.

Renoir Hotel, Market Street:

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When are these ladies going to stop?

 

 

Let’s All Welcome the New Converse Shoe Store to the Mid Market

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Or Union Square, or Lower Market, or North of Market, or the greater Twitterloin, or whathaveyou:

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It’s like NikeTown but for shoes!

All the deets

The Old Mid Market Area Collides with the New – It’s a Bit Uncomfortable All Around

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

But if you sign the cops’ autograph book, the SFPD will leave you alone for a few days.

Market Street near Sixth Street in the Twitterloin:

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Just One Graphic from the SF Weekly Beats Everything from The Bold Italic – Plus Photos of Black Market Food

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Here ya go, it’s Down and Out in Mid-Market:

Three-Dollar Chicken: The Ethical Dilemma of the Food Pantry Black Market by Albert Samaha

1. Do you see that “Market Street Specials” graphic, The Bold Italic? It’s better than anything you’ve ever done* since you came to town to try to make money hawking made-in-San-Fran goods to clueless tourists and your fellow newcomers, you dig? It serves THE READER, right? Oh, what’s that, TBI? Your job is to lose millions upon millions year after year to serve up a fat tax break for your corporate masters Back East? Well, mission accomplished.

2. And srsly, I don’t think it’s the job of SFGov-funded COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS to confiscate food in the Twitterloin.

3. Uh, the vast majority of food market food comes on 18-wheelers, you know, on pallets and stuff. (Speaking of corporate tax breaks…)

4. Adieu, writer Albert Samaha? :( It’s been real.

5. And finally, ah memories. Find the Crispy Hexagons cereal and win:

*To wit, let’s take legible information from an Excel spreadsheet and turn it into this garbage.

Your Federal Stimulus Money at Work: Half-Million-Dollar SFMTA MUNI Ticket Kiosk at Geary Marred with Graffiti

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Physical graffiti, the worst kind:

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Read all about it, from Joe Eskenazi

Seventh and Market Black Market Update: Now Featuring “Here Choccy Choccy” Cereal – How To Profit Off Of Donated Food

Friday, May 17th, 2013

(Or “Krave,” as you Yanks call it.)

And Big Cheez-Its, that’s also available at a steep discount on the corner of 7th and Market these days.

But, cheez it, the cops! See them?

Do they ever do anything down here?

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Everybody wins when big corporations, like, I don’t know, Wal-Mart, take big tax deductions for donating food and when donees sell it to happy customers. Hurray!

Finally, Some Activity at the Former Poleng Lounge on Fulton Near Masonic in the NoPA Western Addtion

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Whether it’s to open something new or to hunker down until better times I don’t know.

Anyway, it used to be like this but now it’s like this:

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Look Out, San Francisco Drivers! The SFMTA is Experimenting with Your Currently-Free Parking Spaces

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Here’s what happened on Central “Avenue” near Fell Street in the Western Addition NoPA all the way back in 2010.

And here’s the same block today, below.

So, somebody painted these parking T’s where there were none before and then somebody else came along three months later to blank them out with black paint and then, over the years, the black paint wore out leaving the still-visible, commercial-grade white T’s.

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Why would the DPW / SFMTA do this?

To see how parkers would react?

To put in meters?

I don’t know.

Courage.