Posts Tagged ‘fillmore’

Echoes of the Fillmore: WEST COAST HARLEM, BIRD CAGE, BOP CITY – This is All That’s Left

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

As seen from Fillmore:

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The “Good” Double-Parkers of Post Street, Six in a Row – But They Aren’t Selfish Church-Goers – One Simple Trick

Friday, November 10th, 2017

So yeah, this sort of looks like, IDK, anywhere in Frisco, like the left hand lane of Bush in the Upper Fillmore where people see fit to park for like five hours at a stretch on weekends  and of course our SFMTA actively makes sure that any cars parked like that don’t get ticketed.)

And it even looks like this at the other end of this block near Steiner, out in front of the giant church where Willie Brown got his start politically back in the ’50’s.

No, this is closer to Fillmore Street. People come (some in UBERs, some in Lyfts, some in short-term rental cars, but most in their own rides), double park for about two minutes to unload, and then they leave. Can you guess what they’re doing?

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No, it’s not for the French Laundry you can see there in the middle. It’s for the Goodwill drop-off location you can see on the left.

These people have purchased clothes, drained them of their joy-spark, and now very generously are simply giving them away.

These are the best double parkers in the world.

Now, what could be done. Our SFMTA could paint the Goodwill a drop-off zone by taking out a few parking spaces, but it would prolly want tens of thousands of dollars from Goodwill for that.

Oh well.

(A certain sanctimonious Senator could benefit by visiting the non-eastern sections of his own district once in a while afore he spouts off again about how easy it is for delivery drivers to legally park in Frisco, one might think…)

Modernist McDonalds Makeover Tells the Western Addition, “We’re Not Going Anywhere”

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

I mean, it wouldn’t make sense to put all kinds of money into the famous McD’s at Golden Gate and Fillmore if you were planning on selling out to developers in the near future, right?

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It doesn’t look like a McDonalds anymore, FBOW. (Reminds me of nearby Jane the Bakery somehow.)

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IDK how many San Francisco McDonaldses we’ve lost in recent years – the list must have a dozen entries the past decade. But not this one, not yet…

Forlorn, 2.5 Yelp-Starred Western Addition Taco Bell/KFC is Now Beloved, 4.5-Starred JANE THE BAKERY

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Can you see the fast food traces, like the blackened KFC Bucket on the left or the Taco Bell bell on the awning on the right?

Anyway, it’s JANE THE BAKERY now. (It’s just like ALICE THE RADIO STATION or TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, non? And it reminds me of SPORK, which wore its Valencia Street Taco Bell heritage proudly, back in the day.)

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The Yelp-ers seem to love it.

Perhaps you yourself will form a Jane’s Addiction soon…

“1881 Geary Boulevard at Steiner
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 658-7971

info@itsjane.com

Open daily from
7am–6pm”

See you there!

In the Spirit of PLAY MORE with CLAYMORE, Here Comes FEEL MORE in the FILLMORE

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

(Claymore being a U.S. Army mine, of course.)

As seen in our failed Fillmore Jazz District CBD:

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Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

FIN

Hey, Where’s ACADEMY?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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The “Innovation Capital of the World” Doesn’t Have a Backup Plan When Traffic SIgnals Go Out at McAllister and Fillmore

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Talking about Frisco here, of course, but I suppose we don’t hear that phrase all the time the way we used to. But “World Class City,” that’s going as strong as ever, when somebody wants to spend Someone Else’s Money on something new…

Anywho, obviously traffic signals are going to have issues from time to time, but what ends up happening at McAllister and Fillmore is that the traffic signals sometimes go totally dead, as here:

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The solution of course is to flash all the lights red, which this intersection is capable of, but not during yesterday’s evening drive, oh well.

We could and should do better here…

What Happens When a 22 Fillmore Conks Out and It Perfectly Blocks McAllister: #5 Fulton Non-Rapids Come to the Rescue

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

It looks like this. Dozens of people disgorged from the outbound #5’s to start walking up Alamo Ridge oh well:

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A mess of buses start got backed up on McAllister, inbound and outbound:

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One of the arm thingees was broken on the stalled northbound #22 Fillmore. There was no fixing it without a lot of help from extra MUNI personnel. I thought that these buses could limp forward a bit to get out of the way, but that wasn’t an option here, apparently.

Anyway, the electrified #5 Rapids all got stuck, but look, here comes a regular old #5 Fulton diesel that had diverted on Fulton for a few blocks only to pop onto McAllister via Steiner. The operator went “beep beep” and a bunch of walkers happily clambered aboard.

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So I guess this is a rare happy story involving MUNI…

How to Roll Through the Marina: In a Quarter-Million Dollar Bentley Continental Convertible – Crystal Skull Hood Ornament Required

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

I think it’s an eagle:

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Good times…