Posts Tagged ‘City’

Uh, the Homeless Tents are Back – On Division, Under the I-80 – This is Exactly What November 2015 Looked Like

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

First one tent, then another, and then, around Thanksgiving 2015, there was a whole line of tents on both sides of Division, 13th Street, or whatever this French Connection-style road is called.

August 20, 2016:

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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.

Frisco is Like a Tiny New York City, So That’s Why We Have a Tiny Empire State Building Atop 505 Montgomery

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Ahem:

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Oh, it’s not the Empire State Building? OK fine, whatever:

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The Best Bus Ad Ever – Why Can’t MUNI Do Something Like This?

Wednesday, July 6th, 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:

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The Most-Improved Official Government Place-Name Sign in California, 20th Century Edition – Could Be Room For Improvement Though

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Here you go, from the Great Central Valley in 2016, a sign pointing to the American River:

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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.”

Target Trolls Frisco with “SAN FRAN” T-Shirts – Is This a Joke? – No, Seriously, Is This a Joke?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

[UPDATEKatie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate weighs in here. And here’s . And KCRA-TV of Sacto (or Sac, or Sactown – the list for Sacramento goes on) weighs in as well.]

Read the news and turn the pages:

“17 Reasons Why It’s Okay To Call It Frisco – San Fran is still strictly forbidden.”

And yet, here comes City Target West. at Geary and Masonic on the west si-iiide:

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I dare you, Gentle Reader, to purchase this SAN FRAN shirt and walk about town.

READER NOTES:

“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.”

There is *nothing* ironic about my Frisco usage. Nothing.

Frisco is okay. It is “San Fran” that is to be hated.

Eight is Enough: Area Man Pushes the Limits of Dog-Walking in the Presidio

Monday, April 18th, 2016

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.

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(As you can see, at least one tourist at the Broadway Gate thought this scene was noteworthy enough.)

Have fun, pooches!

A View of the East Bay From Top to Bottom: Mt Diablo, Oakland, San Francisco – How an Accident of History Put Part of The City on Alameda Island

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Here you go:

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IOW:

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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?

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Anyway, lots of people still don’t believe me. But you do, right, Gentle Reader?

Just Saying, But Frisco Is NOT 49 Square Miles: Get Your Kicks in the 46 vs. “Shop & Dine in the 49”

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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.”

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All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:

Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock

Red Rock

North Farallon Islands

Alameda Island

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:

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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.

Just saying.

How AT&T Beat Verizon During Super Bowl 50: AT&T Has a Better Musical Line-Up, a Better Venue, and It’s Not Violating our Advertising Laws

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

I can’t believe that the Verizon people paid millions for the right to look like a bunch of jackasses during Super Bowl 50’s Super Week in Frisco.

Verizon doesn’t know/respect SF advertising laws? Apparently. Now it wants money back from our local Host Committee, the same committee that has committed to pay us, the people of San Francisco, back money if things don’t work out with SB50?

So that’s STRIKE ONE. STRIKE TWO is that even though AT&T DIRECTV isn’t an OFFICIAL SPONSOR, it has a BETTER LINE UP than what you can see up at SUPER BOWL CITY. See below. (IDK how available tickets are for any of these events now. I heard a radio ad when I was down at Pier 70 the other day but not since, oh well.

And STRIKE THREE is that AT&T’s party is down at PIER 70, where it belongs. Hey, why couldn’t Verizon have its parties down in that area instead of making office workers go through metal detectors in the Financial multiple times a day? (And man, Pier 70, the whole complex is amazing – there’s a lot of character / history here. Oh a and a few leaks when it rains, but they’re working on it…)

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And of course, AT&T is working on making sure your phone works in the bay area over the next few days, no matter how many people are around you. But of course so is Verizon so it’s anybody’s guess who will win that race. I bet they’ll both do fine…

S0 BOO, Verizon. (Hey why not offer to pay SFGov all the money we’re out for your street party, Verizon? Write a fat check payable to “SF GENERAL FUND,” I’m srsly.

And YAY AT&T, why not?

Read all about it below: 

“Feb. 4-6 Event Overview:

DIRECTV will partner with Pepsi to bring fans an unforgettable weekend of music, technology and art around Super Bowl 50. Attendees will be treated to the ultimate experience at San Francisco’s Pier 70, when they host three nights of live concert performances featuring Dave Matthews Band, Pharrell and more.

The innovative and premium space will be designed specifically for never-before-seen fan engagement and features state-of-the-art sound systems, unique artistic designs and projection-mapped photo walls for an immersive social media experience. 

Artists performing each night include:

+ DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night, February 4: Dave Matthews Band

+ Pepsi Friday Night Live, February 5: Pharrell Williams

+ DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Co-Hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, February 6: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Technology Overview:

DIRECTV COW at Pier 70: Sitting right outside the venue for the DIRECTV concert series, we have multiple antennas on the COW as well as two antennas inside the building that run with cables back to the COW. We can provide a tour and more details about network upgrades throughout the Bay Area and especially at Levi’s Stadium.

AT&T expanded its mobile Internet coverage: We invested more than $25 million so fans can post and share experiences on social media faster and easier than ever. This is part of our continuing investment to support growing demand for wireless devices and services… and, especially, to keep our customers connected from the moment they arrive for the big game.

Photoshopped Folk Art Mocks San Francisco’s Disastrous Hosting of Super Bowl 50 Party – “Super Tent City”

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

This is not the problem for the NFL…

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…but it’s a symptom of the problem, for the NFL.