Posts Tagged ‘district’

THE PORTOLA Update: Lousy Transit and Lousy Parking – Does Any Other District in Frisco Have It This Bad?

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Here’s the new sign for THE Portola, fka Little Jerusalem and The Flat.

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(So, when you’re talking about the San Francisco district, it’s the PORtola, but when you’re talking about the Street in the Presidio or the Drive (what’s basically a continuation of Market, which as the joke goes is “straight until it hits the Castro”), it’s porTOla, but  if you’re talking about the dude himself, it’s portoLA. That’s my understanding. (Oh, here’s KALW’s take.))

Anyway, Man, parking is a competitive sport here – ppl just circle and circle, and then they squeeze on in, thusly:

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Of course, parking is no picnic in more name-brand hoods such as Russian Hill or Nob Hill, but in those places non-driving options seem better.

Look at this, free parking for laundromat customers only, which I’ve never seen before in Frisco. What luxury!

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Anyway, ppl end up buying cars to fit the space they have:

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And they end up posting signs on the topic:

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And here – a brace of rusty rear-engined, air-cooled relics, all in a row, perhaps from the same owner. (I’ll bet this kind of thing gets discussed on NextDoor.)

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I don’t hear anything good about MUNI down here, on the wrong side of perpetually-congested Hospital Curve. So how else should one get around?

I wouldn’t mind riding a bike in the Portola, but I prolly would mind the ride to get all the way down there. I wouldn’t know a good way.

(Anyway, that’s my impression. I know all about the northern half of Frisco, but The South? Not much at all.)

The solution would appear to be just having a garage….

Stumptown 94108: Palm Trees Belong in L.A., Not Frisco, Ch. CLXVII

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

To wit:

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Oh, here’s another:

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As seen in Union Square.

(Yet oddly, parrots from South America, as seen from the Filbert Steps, DO belong in SF, go figure.)

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I want to live in Los Angeles
OK by me in Los Angeles
No, not the one in South California
They got one in South Patagonia

FLASHBACK: Mayor London Breed Speaking in 2013 on Chinese and Chinese-Americans Getting Subsidized Housing in Frisco – Yowzer

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Yeah, uh, here’s the highlight of District Five Supervisor London Breed’s stream-of consciousness interview with Andrew Dudley of Haighteration, mind you, this was back in 2013:

“What everyone talks about, as a gimmick, is “affordable housing.” I served on the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commission. We build tons of units of affordable housing, only to watch as people who live across the street from these units, who deserve to have access to these units, because of the lottery system and an organization — I’m not going to call any names, but they’re very organized, and they monopolize a lot of the affordable housing developments. So what happens to the person suffering through six roommates who wants to go to the next level? What happens to the people who want to come out of public housing and go to the next level? What happens to the people who suffered through, listening to the hammers and the construction and the lack of parking and everything else, why do they not have the ability to access this affordable housing? It’s because there’s one small group of people who control it, and they could care less who actually gets it.

That’s number one. Number two, you have some people being pushed out of affordable housing, and then you have others that are moving into that housing. And sometimes, the people who are in these different public housing developments — and I’m not discriminating against anyone, but sometimes they’re not even U.S. citizens — we are not doing enough to look at the people who are here now, and how we can help protect the folks who are here now and give them access to affordable housing. We’re so concerned about people coming from another state, or people coming from another country, making San Francisco attractive for everybody — except people who live here!

And I don’t mind people coming and moving here. I love diversity. I love meeting new people with new experiences. I love the different cultures — I think it’s great and makes San Francisco what it is — but we’re also continuing down a really dangerous path of wealthy and poor, and no in between. No place to go for the middle class. No place to go for the people who have stepped right out of poverty. No place. And the fact that I’m holding on for dear life, and I’m now the Supervisor — it’s really scary to me. We’ve got to look at all this affordable housing that we build, and how do we really give people opportunities. We get money from the federal government for housing, and they require a lottery system. But is it really diversity if one ethnic group monopolizes the lottery and gets all of the affordable units?”

Yowzer.

(So when Asians and Asian-Americans complain of being bullied by African Americans in San Francisco public housing, this is the nativist attitude* that they are referencing.)

Does one ethnic group in S.F. get _all_ the affordable units in San Francisco? Really?

And I’ll have to say that somebody sure still sounds pissed over stuff like this fundraising for Christina Olague:

On it goes.

*The last time I’ve heard this issue discussed in the media was when former Mayor Willie Brown (apparently improperly) intervened in an individual case to get the only Asian / Asian-American family out of one particular PJ and into another PJ that already had Asian / Asian-Americans. They might have been the relatives of the woman who did his nails, something like that. This was in the 1990’s.

The Goats of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

You know, your more urban part of GGP, and of course this is a Pontiac, a kind of Tempest, aka Gran Turismo Omologato, aka Grand Tempest Option. And as Wiki recalls for us, “it had become known in the youth market as the ‘goat.'”

As seen through the giant trees of the Panhandle:

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But if you want to see a real goat in GGP, well just look the other direction, maybe you’ll see more evidence of the goats as pets movement:

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Richmond Special – Here’s What You Do With a Very Small Front Yard in Our Colorful Richmond District – Special Richmond

Friday, December 1st, 2017

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The Most Proper Alfa Romeo I’ve Seen in Frisco, in All My Years – A 1750 Berlina, Born in the ’60s

Friday, December 1st, 2017

See what I mean? Proper:

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As seen on Fulton, at a red light, talking with the driver of this other aging Alfa, which just happened to be in the neighboring lane:

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Let’s just say Frisco is un sanctuario per aging Alfas, perche no?

Haight Ashbury Should Rename Itself the Tibetan Stuff District, Cause, Man, It Sure has a Lot of Tibetan Stuff for Sale

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Things Lucky:

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Tibetan City Gifts:

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Tibetan Gift Corner:

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Tibet Stars

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And who knows how many others…

ACHTUNG, BABY: Glorious RTN Russian Media Group Invades The Richmond

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

First Trump and now this, right comrades?

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And their logo is the Statue of Liberty, for some reason.

Say Hello to My Quite Large Friend: Distributed Antenna Systems Apparatus Popping Up All Over Frisco

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

I wondered

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…and now here’s the answer, via a SOMA ENGINEER:

“It’s part of the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that the mobile providers are building to increase cell phone capacity.

Those antennas have been popping up all over town. A few months before the antenna is installed, a folder with about 10 printed pages will be attached to the pole. I suppose one could read that to get more info, but not sure if anyone does.

When the crew installs the antenna they tend to jostle the pole quite a bit. This causes the streetlight to burn out shortly after the antenna is installed. Seems like the City should require the crew to replace the streetlight with an LED light to prevent this, but if you check at night you will see a lot of the poles with antennas on them have burned out streetlights.”

Irate-Appearing, Window-Slapping Road Biker vs. Mercedes Benz Station Wagon on 7th Avenue : You Make The Call

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Here we go, southbound uphill on 7th Ave near Lawton (or Kirkham, one of those).

Oh, Gentle Reader, I almost def. have more experience (in terms of hours, decades, miles, younameit) both riding bikes and driving cars on these Streets of San Francisco than this emo roadie, but is this such a tough sitch to call anyway? I’ll say I’m 99% sure that the Mercedes driver noticed the backup lights on that parked car and was queuing up for a chance to take over that space:

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So what’s the reaction? Whatsamatta you hand gestures and a left-hand window slap:

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And then, the look back, always with the look-back. (Bad car drivers do the same thing.)

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So, where should this driver have waited? In the middle of the car lane? IDK the answer to that, but some might feel that way.

To me, well, I would have gone around the wagon on its left, I would have “taken the lane,” if only briefly.

Just saying…