Posts Tagged ‘clay’

Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

FIN

Area NIMBYs Erect a Statue of Themselves Saving the World by Holding Up Their Hands

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

As seen on Gough in Specific Whites. Srsly:

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Dude in the middle is standing in front of a bulldozer, prolly, and I think the other two are arguing for preliminary injunctions.

All these ppl are millionaires now, of course. Or dead. One or the other.

And hey – you know who did it better? The HOW ABOUT NO BEAR, that’s who:

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Disrupt Sea Cliff: Somebody’s Buying 7200 Square Feet of Real Estate Near West Clay Street But It’s a Communal Driveway for Millionaires?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Reddit asks, “Is this a joke?

But it’s right here on the MLS – yours for $35,000:

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And here’s an aerial view:

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That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

“Existing driveway that has easements for all owners to use. You will own property in San Francisco and control the driveway. You can not build or park anything in this driveway since there is no room. Lot with no warranties expressed or implied about use or zoning. I know, it’s crazy, but this is a way to own real estate in the city! And yes, you will own the air and underground rights. Get creative!

I don’t see how the buyer is going to get any money out of this parcel, but I’m not so creative.

If you have more money to burn like this, consider nearby Red Rock Island and the northern tip of San Francisco County

A Hobbit Jail Under the Stairs Near Post Street – Not a Good Place To Be When the Next Big One Comes

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Redeveloping the Fillmore was a horrible horrible idea is what I think when I see all the concrete and clay and general decay around Post and Buchanan.

Oh look, a big parking garage – this is the last place you’d want to be in an earthquake, but there’s no money to fix anything, oh well.

And this cubby hole here needs to be locked up, else people would sleep here, of course:

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On It Goes…

Oh No, a Segway Personal Transporter Stolen from the Financial District! Famous Alex Clemens Loses His Famous Ride

Friday, January 31st, 2014

So this is famous Alex Clemens on the job, wonking away about Ranked Choice Voting and politics:

And this is famous Alex Clemens getting to his job, on an old-school Segway Personal Transporter Classic:

You can see dude all over town on this thing. He’s been segwaying for a long time now

But no longer.

His trusty Segway was boosted last night in the Financial District. Here’s the Tweet to the SFPD about it:

Alex Clemens ‏@alexclemens12h “This is probably unusual. My Segway was stolen from the corner of Montgomery and Clay between 5:30 and 6p. So that happened.”
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I’ll tell you, 165 years ago, felons were stealing horses off of Monty and now they’re stealing Segways. That’s progress for you…

The Message from Rose Pak’s Chinatown to the World? “GTFO Japs” – San Francisco Protest Over Senkaku Islands

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Let’s see here, California 1942:

Charming.

And let’s see here, California 2012, specifically Clay Street, Saturday, September 15th, 2012:

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You see that? You see “GTFO JAPS” (Get The Fuck Out, Japs)?

Even more charming.

(How many of these are the easily-cowed Ed Lee stencil voters of 2011? Mmmm…)

Oh, here’s the headline:

“Chinese in San Francisco and Beijing protest Japan’s takeover of the Diaoyu Islands”

But one problem with that is that name of the islands is Senkaku. Check it and see. And another problem is that Japan “took over” these isles in the 1800’s.

And with all this talk of ancient history, let’s talk about today. Look at who’s claiming all of the South China Sea, even parts that are extreeeeemely close to the Philippines:

That’s right, it’s China. (Look at that red line – it’s like a giant tongue, I drink your milkshake.)

Now let’s check in with Rose Pak, the Reverend Bacon of San Francisco. Here she is from a few years back:

“Look at all the problems in the world, (they) are all created by Western countries with their phony-baloney moral standards.” 

OK fine.

Embarcadero Center 2, Half Moon, Embarcadero Center 3, December 2011

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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David Chiu for Mayor Campaign HQ on Van Ness Broken Into Last Night

Monday, November 7th, 2011

[UPDATE: More deets here from Erin Sherbert.]

Mmmm…

“Statement from Chiu Campaign Manager on Campaign HQ Break-In

SAN FRANCISCO (November 7, 2011) Nicole Derse, campaign manager for the David Chiu for Mayor campaign, released the following statement regarding a break-in last night at the David Chiu for Mayor campaign headquarters at 1800 Van Ness Avenue (at Clay):

“Late Sunday night, the David Chiu for Mayor campaign headquarters at Van Ness and Clay was vandalized and burglarized.  Thousands of dollars of equipment were stolen, and the intruders rooted through confidential campaign materials – removing them from drawers and leaving them scattered on the floor.”

“If this was a politically motivated attempt to distract the Chiu for Mayor campaign on the eve of Election Day, it has failed miserably.  David and our team of volunteers are as determined as ever to get our message out to San Franciscans in these last hours before voters go to the polls.  This matter has been referred to the SFPD for a full investigation, and we are confident that they will get to the bottom of it.  In the meantime, we will get back to work.”

On the case:

Is “The Room” Truly “The Best Worst Movie Ever?” Consider Instead “Birdemic: Shock and Terror”

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Laura Hooper Back is in San Francisco Magazine these days saying how “The Room” is the “Best Worst Movie Ever.”

But what about shot-in-Half-Moon-Bay “Birdemic: Shock and Terror?”

It’s pretty bad/good itself. Check it.

Let’s meet the director – the caption for this photo is “DIRECTOR JAMES NGUYEN MEETS DAVID LYNCH TO DISCUSS DIGITAL CINEMA

Srsly.

Here’s a short essay on the subject.

Enjoy.

Oh Noes! It’s Six Six Six at the Foot of Columbus Avenue

Friday, June 24th, 2011

[UPDATE: “That’s a piece called ‘Sixes’ by San Francisco artist Chris Farris, for the Space Between Gallery at 1 Columbus.
The Colombo Building is sporting a number of other mural drawings and paintings from Farris while undergoing historic renovations.” See Comments.]

Be afraid.

Be very afraid:

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