Posts Tagged ‘concrete’

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 Priceline.com, 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.

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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.

Hurray.

The New UC Hastings Law School Parking Garage is Finally Up in Civic Center

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Well, here it is. After all kinds of stress and strife, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law parking garage / multi-use building in the Civic Center / Tenderloin area (aka Little Saigon) looks done from the outside.

Soon the legal eaglets at the largest and oldest law school in the West (yes, older than vaunted Boalt Hall across the estuary in Berkeley) will be able to easily descend from their nests at historic 100 McAllister or the “Book Concern Building” to get to their small German cars – without hogging up spaces at the Civic Center Parking Garage (aka Victory Garden Basement).

Note the “sickly green tiling” put in by the Vanishing Construction Workers of San Francisco County.

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It’s up… and it’s good! Three points for UC Hastings.

The Devil Strikes Prada – May Day Attack Actually Improves Look of Italian Retailer

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Just look at what los diablitos did to Prada on the evening of May Day in San Francisco’s Union Square – the anarchists done tore up storefronts on Grant Street. Well that’s par for the course, but the aftermath of the attack on these massive glass doors at the Prada outlet looks so cool that customers couldn’t tell that vandals had dropped by.

People pay good money for this kind of effect, of course.

Store clerks just propped open one of the doors so you could tell that they were open for business and life went on as before. Click to expand:

That looks much better than gauche plywood, doesn’t it? How banal!

Busted tempered glass looks interesting:

What will the Black Block do next?

Finally, Tower Crane Replaces Coronet Theatre. Soon, Senior Housing on Geary

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Famed five-star Yelp-rated Coronet Theatre at 3575 Geary near Palm Avenue in the Inner Richmond district done closed down with a final showing of Million Dollar Baby on March 17, 2005. Did people camp out for ages to be first in line for a Star Wars movie premier back in the day? Oh yes. But that’s all history now.

These days, straight-out-of-Hayward Peck and Hiller is laying concrete For The Future, which will take form of a building from the Institute on Aging for housing seniors. We shall take a look-see, non?

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Let’s take a peek up there at The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love. This tower crane operator sits and stands to make everything work.

Rebar sailing above Geary Boulevard. Mind the spilled motor oil

Burly construction workers are on hand to protect the Porta-Potties from the One Who Shant Be Named:

And here’s what it will all look like, if you can see past the chain link and graffiti:

It’s too bad we lost the Coronet, but just try filling a 1300-seat one-screen theater in this Day and Age.

Get ready for the Inner Richmond, seniors!

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Coronet, Coronet the Great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all bay areans have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her projection, and the kings of Hollywood have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the Earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

The Vanishing Construction Workers of San Francisco County

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Now back in the day, it was easy to see construction workers on the job. All you had to do was look up through the I-beams and see them walking around. Those were the days, see?  

But these days, due to changing construction techniques using concrete, rebar, and whatnot, you need to get above the workers to see them at labor. These folks are mostly out of view after the first floor gets done. Here, they work on the third floor.

Pretty soon, you wont see the cars of UC Hastings Law School students and staff clogging up the parking spaces of Civic Center  and Little Saigon thanks to this new mixed-use building that’s still going up.

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The other problem with seeing these people at work is that these jobs are drying up lately.

Good-bye construction workers of San Francisco. See you again in a year or two?