Posts Tagged ‘concrete’

The Scary, Batlike Hummingbirds of Golden Gate Park – And This Other One has a Costume for Halloween 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

This little critter startled me the other day, as it’s in the same bush where I saw a roof rat a few weeks back.

Dese boids generally have an all-carbs diet, but sometimes they need a little protein. This the last thing some spiders see:

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Sort of looks like a bat to me.

But now it’s time for costumes. This little feller’s mantle is saying, “Hey ladies, look at me!”


(Hey, you know, speaking of scary, area Republican Ron Conway, through his interest in Pinterest, has made more money off of this shot than I have. Taken more than a decade ago with a $4500 camera and $4500 worth of glass it was. I’m in the wrong “business.”)

Happy Halloween!

The Emboldened Roof Rats of San Francisco’s Playgrounds – Say Hello to “Blackie” – WSPTOTC?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Now I’ve seen rats on grass and dirt and whatnot around town, and near garbage cans in the Financh and C-Town and the Fish Wharf, but I aint never seen a full-sized rat strutting about on pavement in a playground in Frisco. And yet, here s/he is:

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I saw what I thought was a dead Norway rat up against a playground fence in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle the other day, but I don’t know much about varmints

All right, Get Out And Play, With Rats!

Wow, a Big Part of the New 8 Octavia Building Looks Like It’s a Prison

Friday, March 28th, 2014

As seen from Market Street:

When Your Massive Building Needs Flying Buttresses to Stand Up: St. Dominic’s Church in the Western Addition on Bush

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

I’ll tell you, when I first saw these ugly flying buttresses holding up St. Dominic’s Church at 2390 Bush, I thought they were remedial, you know, like an add-on to a building in danger of falling down.

Then later on I saw images of other old-school buildings what had flying buttresses as original equipment, so then I thought, no, I was wrong, that’s just how this massive building on Bush was constructed.

But just today, I discovered that the nine concrete buttresses holding up St Dom’s are, in fact, add-ons, from back in the 1990’s, after the Loma Prieta. (Thanks, Wiki. You’re so smart!)

I still think that these things are seriously ugly, oh well.

But check it, the church has a five star average from 44 Yelpers, so this congregation must be doing something right, huh?

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Keep on keeping on, St. Dominic’s!

The Vanishing Construction Workers of San Francisco County Have Reappeared in Civic Center, Looks Like

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Remember back in the day, back when construction workers spent 2008 pouring suspended slabs of steel-reinforced concrete to build the UC Hastings Garage just to the east of State Building in Civic Center (the one Arnold tried to sell to insiders last year, or something)? Things were looking grim.

But now things seem better, workwise. Here’s the lot just to the west of our State Building – it’s the new San Francisco PUC Building at 525 Golden Gate.

Big Blue, the Old Federal Building, will be harder to spot from Civic Center soon, that’s for sure…

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Busy as a beaver high above the Civic Center / Tenderloin / Little Saigon area…

Looks Like Everything’s Working Out for the 4-Star-Rated UC Hastings Law School Parking Garage in the Tenderloin

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Never really noticed the UC Hastings College of Law parking garage after it got finished, but it seems to be doing all right. It’s got a four star Yelp rating so that’s not bad for a such a battle-scarred structure.

If they could fill up the first floor retail spaces facing Larkin then we’d be all set, huh?

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But the Vanishing Construction Workers of San Francisco who put this garage up have vanished once again. Oh well.

Concrete and Clay and General Decay: Heron’s Head Park Lets You Explore the Bay

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Boy, I’ll tell you, if you ever make it to the end of Heron’s Head Park, you’ll feel like you’re on the bay, like you’re sailing along in a boat. You’ll feel the salt air whooshing along while the big ships pass by.

You’re out there, baby, betwixt Lash Lighter Basin and India Basin at the end of Cargo Way.  

Bring a fishing pole ‘n stuff.  

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Of course there’s still a lot of concrete and clay and general decay, but things are getting better.

See you there!

Beware! The Unofficial San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking is Now Fully Operational

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Via Streetsblog SF (which is having a fun-raiser party January 21st, bring money if you want) comes news of the new, unofficial San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking blog.

Read the cheery welcoming message from the Commissioner of Concrete. See? He’s gunning for you, sidewalk parkers.

The DSP operates in District 11, but you can find examples of sidewalk parking all over town. As seen in District 5 on Ashbury Street:

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NB: When this self-appointed “commissioner” talks of getting an offending vehicle  “removed” he means towed away – towed away with extreme prejudice. Anybody who calls in a tow on a sidewalked-parked car on his or her own street should be prepared for possible blowback. (Those who live in or rent out illegal in-law apartments might very well get ratted out by an irate sidewalk parker, just saying.) Anonymity recommended.

Is it my hobby to ferret out sidewalk parkers and then call DPT at (415) 553-1200 for the ticket /towaway patrol? No.

On the other hand, do I support homeowners who think they own the sidewalk in front of their homes? No.

Can one person change the culture of sidewalk parking in one section of San Francisco via a persistent campaign? Yes, it’s possible.

Bon Courage,  San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking!

See the Hanging Gardens of San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Where would we be without our own little outpost of Brutalist Architecture – the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero?

Remember that guy who paid $30-something a day (through, originally) to live at the Reeg for months and months cheaper than renting an apartment in the pricey 415? Well, here’s where he lived:

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Check it out yourself and see what you think of this concrete monstrosity. Some people love it.

New Pavement for Scott Street – Smoother Ride for Bikes Wiggling on Routes 30, 47

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Here’s what Scott Street looks like these days in the Lower Haight – new macadam is a coming.

What’s next, the Scott Street Bike Lane project? Possibly.


And of course, there’s always the Snick route on McAllister as an alternative to The Wiggle. Your choice. (McAllister was scheduled for a striped Class II bike lane going uphill through the Fillmore, but that’s on the back burner for now.)

No matter, all wheeled vehicles will soon be enjoying a smoother ride on this short stretch of Scott.

Project 3-5 Scott Street Bicycle Lane, Fell Street to Oak Street

This project would involve the installation of a Class II left-turn bicycle lane in the northbound direction on Scott Street between Oak Street and Fell Street. This project includes two design options:

Option 1 would add a northbound Class II left-turn bicycle lane by removing the left-turn lanes on northbound Scott Street approaching Fell Street and on southbound Scott Street approaching Oak Street. No parking spaces would be removed under Option 1.

Option 2 would add a northbound Class II left-turn bicycle lane by narrowing travel lanes and removing approximately three parking spaces from the west side of Scott Street between Fell Street and Oak Street. The existing left-turn lanes approaching Fell Stree and Oak Street would not change under Option 2.