You can pave over white lines, but they have a way of coming back. Confused shoppers didn’t know which lines to obey, on this day:
Bye bye Sears.
Bye bye Mervyns.
August 20, 2016:
At that time last year, I was thinking that the SFPD was going easy on the homeless having to do with the end-of-the-year holidays, or the (anticipated) El Niño rainstorms, and I also wondered if preparations for the unexpectedly expensive and unpopular corporate party for the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl were a factor.
These days, I know that tents with cheap but functional fiberglas poles can be had for like $25, which seems a lot cheaper than what I can recall that the old North Face Outlet sold aluminum-poled tents for, even at a super duper discount.
Those are the four factors I can think of for why 2015 became the Year of Sidewalk Tents in Frisco.
Anyway, these tents are back, as of August 2016.
Oh, I know why! It’s ’cause blowback against the SFMTA would be enormous. Oh well.
But anything goes on a hop-on hop-off tourist bus, apparently:
Here you go, from the Great Central Valley in 2016, a sign pointing to the American River:
“Only the name remains on the opposite side of the river from where African American miners first started mining gold in 1849-1850. Negro Bar State Park is a reminder that a mining camp once bore a similar name.”
[UPDATE: Katie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate weighs in here. And here’s Jacquelyn Quinones of KRON-TV. And KCRA-TV of Sacto (or Sac, or Sactown – the list for Sacramento goes on) weighs in as well.]
And yet, here comes City Target West. at Geary and Masonic on the west si-iiide:
I dare you, Gentle Reader, to purchase this SAN FRAN shirt and walk about town.
“Balderdash,” Caen wrote. “The toughest guys on the old S.F. waterfront, neither rubes nor tourists, called it Frisco, and no effete journalist would have tried to correct them.”
But if he has his dog walking license (and all these Frisco pooches are registered, which is unlikely but whatever), then this spectacle is Nice And Legal, AFAIK.
(As you can see, at least one tourist at the Broadway Gate thought this scene was noteworthy enough.)
Have fun, pooches!
Here you go:
The Port of Oakland showed respect for the SF City Limits – can you see how the landfill project in the upper right ends abruptly? That’s the border. But the US military just didn’t care and it kept filling until it was satisfied. (You can see how the SF part looks different – it’s a wetter / greener area.)
Ans here’s another way of saying it – see our little homeslice?
Anyway, lots of people still don’t believe me. But you do, right, Gentle Reader?
First of all, let’s play a game of identifying the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points of San Francisco. If you guess, you’re going to make mistakes.
Hint: They’re all islands, some are mere “rocks.”
All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:
Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock
North Farallon Islands
How’d you do? Check here.
Now, add up all the San Francisco County land area amidst these points and you’ll get 46.something square miles. Sry.
Anyway, this is wrong:
So that’s your answer, 46 square miles. Oh, you want to round up to 47? OK. No but really you want to round up to 49, you know, for the poetry of it all?
Well, then why not round up to 50, or 100 square miles then?
Of course, back in the day, 49 square miles was a fair guess – 7×7 right? But the problem with that is geography. We were forgetting the Great San Francisco Bight, the part of SF’s northwestern corner that just aint there.
These days, of course, we have the tools to be accurate.