These two white posts have been installed at the foot of Golden Gate:
Here’s the view from Market:
I suppose this closes a chapter on the book of the new Golden Gate Ave bike lane…
Here’s the pitch..
…and here’s the story, from a couple years back.
You cannot monetize public assets for individual company gain. Just because an app can be built, doesn’t mean it should be.
I’m a Co-Founder and CEO of a San Francisco based startup called CARMAnation (www.carmanation.com). We look to help solve parking issues via the true intentions of the sharing economy – working with the community to benefit the community. Our users share their PRIVATE available parking spots with one another.
Having tech startups trying to solve the parking problems with their own unique approach means there is a need to disrupt the industry. Technology is a wonderful thing, it can solve/simplify a lot of problems, but it has to be done right, otherwise “Monkey Parking” is what happens.”
I wonder how they’re doing.
Here’s the scene at the foot of Golden Gate yesterday during the Evening Drive – what’s new is the orange traffic cones:
So of course these cones are unofficial (unlike this one from last week, when a made member of our City Family put an orange cone near the curb so drivers wouldn’t run over the legs of people warming up in the slow lane of Market inbound).
Here you go – look who’s parking on busy Fulton, smack dab in the middle of the street:
It’s CCSI, whatever that is. Oh, it’s a cleaning company out of Burlingame? So what gives them the right to park illegally? Is it the orange cones? Or it’s just some technique developed over the years, ala Telstar Logistics?
Hey, is this kosher?
But it looks like illegal parking is a part of CCSI’s bidness model:
And the kicker? Ohio plates on the back of the truck.
That’s the kicker.
And at the end of the day, CCSI execs count their fat stacks and laugh at poor poor Ed Reiskin…
You know, for illegal parking, this isn’t bad:
Sorry if that’s too nuanced for you, or Scott Wiener or Ed Lee or whomever…
They’re trying, I’ll give you that.
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Yeah, I don’t know….
You know, if I dropped out of an Ivy to start up a transportation app in Frisco, I think I’d offer an Android version, you know, for the 79% of the world what rolls that way.
But that’s just me.
Anyway, they’re not per se illegal from the get-go, and that’s so unlike a lot of Ron Conway*-type startups what litter the 415 these days, so they’ve got that going for them…
*Hey, did Ron Conway really try to improperly intervene with SFGov over the parking spaces near Pinterest HQ? Ooh, that’s pretty cheesy, RC!
WiFi has not replaced these pay phones, not yet anyway.
Hey, remember that State of the City address from that former Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised free WiFi for the entire 415?
I do. It was like six years ago. (Hey, how’s that working out? Not well, last time I checked.)
Anywho, we now have a new Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised that Twitter would pay for Twitterloin-area WiFi, you know, instead of paying its fair share of taxes.
(Hey, how’s that working out? Nothing so far.)
Anywho, in anticipation, out go the famous pay phones at the corner of 6th and Market:
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Nowadays if you want to make a phone call and you don’t have a cellie, you’ll have to buy a stolen iPhone the next block over.
And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get fee citywide WiFi from the next Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, perhaps around 2020.
On it goes…
Forget about ice cream this summer.
As seen in the window display of 2G Japanese Brasserie at 601 Van Ness:
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