Posts Tagged ‘financial district’

Remembering the McDonalds in the Financial District that Shut Down in 2012: 441 Pine Near Montgomery

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

I’ve never heard of a McDonalds store simply closing down, but this one did back in aught-twelve

One supposes it was just a bad place for a McDonalds…

San Francisco Celebrity Product Endorsement: Frank Chu, the Former Quiznos Man, at the Chevron McDonalds – Market Street

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

This Micky D’s is in one of the former Chevron Buildings on Market in the Financh / South of Market Area. It even has a fake gas pump inside. (And yet McDonalds promotes Shell these days, go figure.)

Anyway, you can find Frank Chu here like multiple times per day. If that’s not a product endorsement, I don’t know what is.

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Back in the day, Quiznos used to pay Frank to have its name on his Famous Sign – you’ll learn about that in colledge, Marketing 101

BARRY ZITO STUDIED GUITAR WITH ME

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Could this Fi-Di come-on be legal under the laws of SFGov?

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IDK, maybe.

OMG, New “Leap Transit” Bus is a Replacement for the MUNI 30X – It’s $6 to Ride the Marina Express One-Way to Financh

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

[UPDATE: Kevin Montgomery of Uptown Almanac reacts.]

[UPDATE II: The Twitter-stream of one @kylekirchhoff just went private. C'mon, Bro! You gotta engage with the peeps. Today is your big day. It's not that incrimernating, is it? Bro discusses how much he doesn't like Twitter, McAfee Antivirus Inc, and how many people got shot on a MUNI #14 last year. You know, all the usual stuff. But I'll tell you, withdrawing from Web 2.0 is what criminales do, right? You're just a bro with a bus. Nothing wrong with that.]

[UPDATE III: Aaron Sankin of Huffington Post San Francisco weighs in.]

[UPDATE IV: And now Ellen Huet of the San Francisco Chronicle:

John Avalos, a supervisor who has fought against private companies use of Muni stops, called Kirchhoff’s comments “very disingenuous.”

“What a crock of s—,” Avalos said. “How does blocking a Muni stop make the city more efficient? You’re trying to make money, and you’re creating a two-tiered transportation system in San Francisco.”]

I’ll tell you, I’ve been waiting years for a MUNI alternative to pop up and look, it’s here.

Now I’m not talking about the corporate buses (like Google, Apple, FaceBook and so on) that have been around for a decade or so, and I’m not talking about Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and the like and I’m not even talking about the private version of the taxpayer-subsidized Twitter Express, the 83X.

No no. I’m talking about Leap Transit duplicating the unpopular MUNI Marina Express 30x with a private shuttle bus that costs $6 one-way.

It looks like this, as seen just yesterday:

Via Gregg Meyer

Here’s what the site looks like:

See that? The bus comes with WiFi and leather seats, but they cost three times as much as MUNI. And I’m supposing you and your wheelchair would be better off on MUNI, just a guess. And, oh yes,  you pretty much need an Apple iPhone (or as close an iOS device as possible) to climb aboard.

Now you’d think the MSM would be all over this new company, but no. So far, Leap has escaped notice, except from this bloke called  from Down Under. (Uh, he’s _not_ a fan. I haven’t seen a booting like this since Bart vs. Australia)

“This little blue bus symbolises everything that is wrong with the current bubble and boom of internet startup culture. It’s in San Francisco. It belongs to Leap Transit. And, on May 13, this “better bus” — OMFG, it has leather seats and wi-fi! — began operating as part of what’s billed as a “shuttle service for San Francisco commuters.”

Bonus bon mot:

“This socialized [x] is slow and unprofitable. Let’s start a [x] for rich people that pays its employees less.”

Leave there be no doubt, Leap Transit is a wannabe MUNI disrupter. See?

So far, reaction around town has been mixed.

To wit:

connie hwong ‏@crh17h This has come to my attention: a $6 shuttle from the Marina to SOMA, with leather seats & wifi. Seriously, SF?”

Check it:

I don’t know, if the 30X just passed you by ’cause it’s raining and you see a Leap bus coming at you and you have an iPhone and you’re already signed up, well then Leap just might be worth the six bucks.

A 28-year-old white man wants you to ride his technicolor submarine.

Will you?

All the deets:

Financial District Nazgul – The Freakiest Thing You’ll Ever See in the 94104 – “Faceless Rooftop Wraiths”

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Twelve feet tall they are:

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This Huge Emblem at the Front of Our Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush Looks a Tribute to Global Warming

Friday, January 4th, 2013

See?

Petroleum powers cars and ships – I suppose that’s The Message from the Builders of 225 Bush.

Contrast that with the message from the current owners of 225 Bush found on this Wiki entry, which reads like an advertisement for potential tenants.

Or in other words, “This article’s tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia.”

Indeed.

Uh, What Exactly is That Equinox Company Selling in the Pacific Stock Exchange in the Financial District?

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Here are two ads for Equinox Fitness on Pine Street what are about three yards high:

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I think things were a lot more wholesome at the Pacific Stock Exchange Building when it was the Pacific Stock Exchange. You know, back when Kevin Bacon filmed that Quicksilver bike messenger movie in 1986 before you were born. It went a little like this, with KB acting as a besuited yuppie stock broker at the PSE at Pine and Sansome.

You see, back then, everybody wore clothes and open outcry was the order of the day.

See?

Good times.

Suntory times

Remember, DriveNow Isn’t a “Premium Electric Car Sharing Program,” It’s a Marketing Program, for BMW

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

I wish I could rent a tiny electric car by the minute(!) - don’t you wish so as well?

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Sometimes I just don’t know.

When You Need to Move Something Big Real Fast in San Francisco, Spirit Courier has the Right Bike for the Job

Friday, October 26th, 2012

See?

We’ve come a long way, baby.

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The modern-day warriors at Spirit Courier dominate the dojo that is the Financh, the Nine-Four-Triple-One

Check their cv’s.

Just saying.

A modern-day warrior 
Mean mean stride, 
Today’s Tom Sawyer 
Mean mean pride. 

Though his mind is not for rent, 
Don’t put him down as arrogant. 
His reserve, a quiet defense, 
Riding out the day’s events. 
The river

San Francisco’s Former Pacific Stock Exchange Has Been Reduced to a Gymnasium Outfit What Thinks It Owns Our Sidewalks

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Apparently.

I’ll bet his name is Bruno, something like that:

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Now, is Equinox Fitness supposed to be tearing up the sidewalks of 301 Pine Street with their lead sled contraptions?

No, not at all.

Oh well.

First sidewalk bowling and now this.

Sic transit gloria mundi