It was a little foggy and windy in 2016:
Maybe next year…
But now, it’s all like this, as of Friday afternoon, so now you can follow our visitors in to gaze upon the (sort of) Full House houses:
Expensive temporary signage to promote … our clumsy RPD:
Here’s the view from Hayes:
Is this the same RPD what carelessly rented out this very same part of Alamo Square to the NFL earlier this year?
IDK man, the accounting cost for RPD to shut down the entire four square block Alamo Square for a year or so is negligible, so that’s what they just done, oh well.
Here’s what you do – you imagine a billionaire from Mars is willing to pay for whatever expensive project that our SFGov workers can dream up AND you imagine that all the work required can be done in just one day. Then you ask yourself, would you want to do this project.
And the answer here is yes, it’d be nice to maintain the irrigation and fix up the old old bathroom and resod and do whatever else they’re doing. But is is worth shutting down the entire park for a year and spending all this precious taxpayer money? That’s the question.
In any event, the local millionaire homeowners (who don’t like tourists anyway) want this and RPD loves hiring people and spending money, so this is what we get.
On patrol to make sure nobody enters:
Sad tourists observing the Painted Ladies through a cyclone fence:
The now-famous fence hole, snipped by a local, used by tourists:
But look, plastic twisty ties have made the hole smaller – see?
Now here’s some homeowner-oriented signage from the RPD. (Note that the makr girl in the RPD banner would get a ticket from a Ranger if she actually affixed ropes to a tree and swung from it – isn’t it ironic. Dont’cha think? So why is this your logo, RPD? Whoopsie!)
Disappointed tourists on Steiner. Note the lack of cars parked here. I’ve never seen this sitch outside of street sweeping times.
Of course all the street lamps in shut down Alamo Square are now blazing away in the daytime, for some reason because, because RPD don’t care? Yep, because RPD don’t care.
Actually, RPD views us as deadbeats who cause RPD a bunch of problems. They think we’re undertaxed, so they’re constantly on the lookout to make moar money money money. Oh well.
Hey look, a rare Ranger patrol in the 94117, the better to keep the tourists out after being embarrassed on the TV and the Internet:
Oh, and here’s the more permanent fix for the now-famous hole, completed yesterday – double fencing:
That’ll do. Prolly…
Here you go:
“When Vaillancourt designed the fountain, the Embarcadero Freeway or Interstate 480, was still in existence along Market Street and the Embarcadero. The fountain was designed with the freeway environment in mind…”
Kind of like this:
(Of course this was back when Frisco had cheap water and cheap power.)
But now the freeway is gone.
So what do we need this Vaillancourt Fountain thing anymore for anyway?
It’s not worth powering the water pumps these days, so that’s one good thing.
But why do we still have this monstrosity???
Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:
(I think this one is from shanand.)
But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.
But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.
Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling “Super Bust 50.” See?
“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro. But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50. From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants. The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions. Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.” Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco. Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”
Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.
I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”
This was his reaction:
“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”
And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.
Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.
Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.
At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…
*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.
Here’s the scene down in Civic Center, with 18 flags in front of the Highest* Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere (and fifth-highest in the world, I believe):
You can see the state flag of Texas camera left, red side down, as it’s supposed to be.
But here’s how things look these days:
See? It’s flying butter-side-down:
IDK if this is being done on purpose, as a dig against Our Great Competitor, or if this is being done out of ignorance. It’s been this way for a while – this isn’t just a one-day thing. (Maybe we’re still mad about losing QANTAS to Dallas/Fort Worth.)
Now, is the 415 an unlikely place for the Lone Star Flag? Some think so:
Here’s your answer:
“The name and star [of CA’s original flag] are said to be inspired by Texas, so maybe that’s why that state got included.”
*Yes, higher than the Capitol Dome in DC. By like a foot or two. On purpose. And any other dome you’re thinking about isn’t classical and/or it’s in the eastern hemisphere…