Posts Tagged ‘driveway’
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.
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:
- Department of Public Works Sidewalk Landscaping
- Public Utilities Commission Sidewalk Garden Project
- Friends of the Urban Forest Sidewalk Landscaping
- Surfrider Foundation Plant Don’t Pave Program
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
Call our office (415) 554-7460 or email firstname.lastname@example.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
It sort of looked like this:
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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 HouseFriday, August 30th, 2013
Here’s the story from famous Akit:
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I”m surprised that there isn’t like 15 cars parked on this thing 24-7:
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This must be the biggest amount of unused space in the entire Western Addition.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!”
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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.