Posts Tagged ‘driveway’

The Infamous Driveway-Blocking BMW of the Western Addition, Seen Here Promoting 7×7, San Francisco’s Favorite “Luxury Magazine”

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

For shame, 7×7, for shame.

Blocking peoples’ driveways is what turns NIMBYs from human beings into NIMBYs. It drivers them crazy.

Please oh please, 7×7, will you promise not to block any driveway ever again?

Now here you go, this isn’t illegal parking at all.

Baby steps, 7×7. Baby steps.

K thx bye

 

Introducing the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” – All Stick, No Carrot – Will It “Transform” the Sunset District?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Here’s the thing. “Planners” back in the day had no freaking idea how many cars would populate the Sunset District.

They also had no idea how much public transit in the West Bay would degrade over the decades.

So it’s hard to park way out there.

So people improperly pave over their front yards for more “driveway” parking, don’t ask don’t tell.

Thusly:

Anyway, here’s what appointed Supervisor Katy Tang has for Fog Country – it’s the FYAP!

But if you participate, it’ll cost you $245 and you’ll have to listen to what SFGov tells you to do.

This is the kind of thing that will end up pissing off some of the people living out there.

This is a program for the sake of having a program. It will “transform” nothing. And it will not “change” the “pedestrian experience.” Sorry.

But, if you want to try this out, by all means:

“The Front Yard Ambassadors Program gives Sunset District residents the opportunity transform their front yards into vibrant, ecologically friendly and easy to maintain spaces in order to accomplish the following:

  • Change the pedestrian experience and demonstrate neighborhood pride
  • Provide permeable surface to take pressure off our combined sewer system and recharge our underground aquifer
  • Educate the community about what plant species are suited to our microclimate
  • Build relationships with neighbors and encourage the community to work together

Our Partners & Sidewalk Landscaping

Sidewalk landscaping programs exist in several organizations. To learn more about why increasing green space and permeable surfaces is important in San Francisco, visit the websites of our partners in the Front Yard Ambassadors Program below:

Apply to the Front Yard Ambassadors Program

Download the Fact Sheet Here
Download the Fact Sheet in Chinese
View Photos of Sunset District Gardens Here (Coming Soon)
Download the Application Here
Download the Application in Chinese

Questions?
Call our office (415) 554-7460 or email ashley.summers@sfgov.org

Front Yard Ambassadors Program Fact Sheet

How do I apply?
Apply by submitting an application, answers to the supplemental questionnaire and photos of
your front yard. You must ensure that a minimum of five residences on your block also submit
an application to be considered for the program. The application can be found on our website at
www.sfbos.org/tang under the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” tab.

What is the cost?
Residents chosen for the program will pay a nominal permit fee, depending on how many
residents apply. Permit fees can range from $182 – $245.

How do I get my neighbors to participate?
This is a great time to meet your neighbors! Knock on their door and find out if they are
interested. You must have a minimum of five neighbors on your block to apply.

Who maintains the yard after installation?
Program participants will sign a Letter of Agreement that they will maintain the yard as long as
they reside at their current address. We hope that neighbors will get together for a work day each
year to help each other. Additional support will be provided by Friends of the Urban Forest.

What types of plants and landscaping will be installed?
Once chosen, residents will be able to sit down with professional landscape architects to discuss
their ideas. We have included photos of yards in the Sunset on our webpage for inspiration at
www.sfbos.org/tang. All landscaping will be low maintenance, drought tolerant, and able to live
in our coastal conditions.

Other questions can be directed to our office at (415) 554-7460.

This is How You Store Your Broken-Down Relic of a Car in the Richmond – Or It’s a Scene from the Planet of the Apes Sequel?

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Hey remember when the Planet of the Apes people were filming all over town a couple months back?

It sort of looked like this:

Click to expand

If I ever got this desperate for parking, at least I’d curb my wheels, you know, by turning the steering wheel all the way to the right, just saying.

If You Have a Car Towed from Near Your Driveway, It’s Owner Just Might Come Back and Paint “Fuck You” on Your House

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Like this.

Here’s the story from famous Akit:

Click to expand

The Wasteful, Unused, and Unnecessarily Long Driveway at 1124 Fulton near Alamo Square – It’s Huge!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

I”m surprised that there isn’t like 15 cars parked on this thing 24-7:

Click to expand

This must be the biggest amount of unused space in the entire Western Addition.

Hooray?

Masonic Tableau: What Do You See Here on the Needlessly-Wide Sidewalk? The Cyclist or the BMW?

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I’ll tell you, what I notice is not the attractiva on the orange, fully-loaded Public Bike from Public Bikes, but the illegally-parked, aging BMW 3-series convertible.

Click to expand

But that’s just me.

Hey, who do you think the SFMTA outreached when they wanted to focus-group the plan to put in more unnecessary trees on Masonic for $20,000,000 from Uncle Sucker and/or the taxpayers of the State of California? Do you think it was the users of Masonic Street or the people, like the BMW owner, who live next to it? That’s right, the SFMTA only focus-grouped the nearby residents of Masonic Avenue.

Is that the correct way to do things, SFMTA?

I don’t think it is.

Oh well.

Anyway, cyclists should continue to feel free to use the excessively-wide sidewalks of Masonic, depending on conditions, despite any peer pressure they might feel from governmentally-produced garbage such as this.

 

What’s So Great About the Great Sand Wastes? West Bay Trilogy: World Champion Driveway Blocker

Monday, April 18th, 2011

(Special trilogy bonus round)

How would you like to see this rig parked in front of your driveway?

Click to expand

(Note missing wheel and half-assed chocking…)

Where Would Jesus Park (WWJP) – Would He Block Your Driveway Every Sunday?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Oh the Yelpers were in a lather this AM over San Francisco’s questionable Sunday church parking policies. Comes now Alexandra to lament:

“What’s the deal with this? Why is it totally okay for church-goers to double park in front of people’s garages and driveways? My friend at work was just telling me how she was stuck at home all day Sunday because of the double-parked cars– she couldn’t leave the garage. Separation of church and state, anyone?”

Indeed. There are different issues here. Sometimes entire streets get blocked, sometimes parallel-parked cars get blocked, and sometimes driveways get blocked.

I’m not sure if San Francisco’s policies are written down anywhere, but what you’re supposed to do is to tiptoe up to the nearest church and whisper about your situation. Then bingo-bango, your car will be freed by a volunteer valet.

The start of another Sunday in “Transit First” San Francisco:

Now of course, we know that the SFPD and SFMTA will tolerate double parking anywhere near a church on Sunday, but what about other similar civic gatherings? If you push the Powers That Be, they’ll say that a church service is just another civic gathering entitled to some longstanding tradition of No Rules Sundays. All right. I don’t really buy that, but all right.

The City used to own a giant Latin cross atop Mount Davidson – alls it took was one lawsuit to fix that.

The City used to discriminate with a law that was neutral on its face - alls it took was one lawsuit to fix that.

Just saying…

The Hanging Gardens of Sutter Street Sacrificed for Volvo Parking

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Remember back in the day when you could see the Hanging Gardens of Sutter Street on Sutter Street? Here they were:

No longer. The front yard of this place had recently been converted into a “private drive.” Not saying that this is illegal or anything - don’t know what all the rules are.

But check it, as the place looks today:

“Oh yes, we’d love for you to pop on over. Just park on our private drive!”

Click to expand

Of course anybody parking in this private spot needs to pull in at an angle to keep the back end of the Volvo wagon from hanging out over the sidewalk. The problem with the current setup is that, even with diagonal parking, the back end of the Volvo wagon hangs out over the sidewalk. Oh well. Maybe if they got a Smart Car, they’d have an easier time.

Now you’d think the trees would have slowed them down, but no, the trees are still there on the sidewalk.

And the ridiculous sign isn’t to prevent anybody from parking on the former front yard of the house, cause who on Earth would try to park there, right? No, the sign is to prevent people from parking on the street and inadvertently blocking the driveway’s owners from parking on their lawn, so to speak.

Call it the World’s Shortest Private Drive, if you want.

Welcome to San Francisco.

Frustrated San Francisco Homeowners Use Red Tape to Mark Their Driveways

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Having a garage in San Francisco is a luxury - not really necessary but it’s very convenient. The problem comes when you live in a well-touristed area that attracts out-of-towners who don’t understand that they’re blocking your driveway.

Of course you can call the Enforcement Division of the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) at (415) 553-1200 (or you can call 311 at 311, where One Call Does It All, as they say). But that takes time, so why not just (“illegally,” or in an unauthorized fashion) paint your curb red to scare off the drivers? That’s what some people do.

As here near Haight Street, where it appears a strip of red tape is getting the job done.  

Why doesn’t the City just do this itself? Lots of reasons. The authoritahs just assume that drivers know not to block garages, so they save their red paint for other things, such as the curb near your garage cutout. (Sometimes, getting the city to paint the area around your cutout red involves a little bureaucracy - a different kind of red tape.)

But there’s probably no harm to marking the cutout itself red. Impatient parkers need all the help they can get… 

Public Right of Way (ROW) Blocked – 2032

The purpose of this web page is to provide the contact information for the city agency responsible for resolving the obstruction of the public right of way due to construction, illegal parking, street furniture, etc.

Public Right of Way (ROW) includes sidewalks, streets, curbs and portion of driveways that intersect with sidewalk and street.

  • Blocked Driveway
  • Blocked Sidewalk
  • Blocked Street
  • Blocked Public Parking Space or Strip
  • Blocked Accessibility Ramp
  • Double Parking
  • Parking across a Driveway
  • Parking on the Sidewalk

See how serious San Francisco is about 311, after the jump.

(more…)