Kenneth Cole’s dream motorcycle as seen on Bush:
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(And here’s the nightmare.)
All right, keep on keeping on, TIGRE 99!
All right, what most people consider Embarcadero Center are the taller buildings all in a row, from left to right, EC1, EC2, EC3, and EC4.
And then the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero is considered Embarcadero Center 5. (The boxy thing on top used to be a revolving restaurant, but, sadly, it don’t revolve no mo.)
And then, along came Embarcadero West (275 Battery), the black sheep of the family, as seen on the left:
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(I guess they threw in short, short 301 Battery for completeness, but it’s been there for a good long time so it doesn’t belong in here.)
Now you better know Embarcadero Center.
“By 1862, this area of moored ships was nicknamed the Barbary Coast and had become a raucous district of prostitution, dance halls and thievery. The Coast continued to flourish until 1911, when Mayor James Rolph initiated a clean-up. Shut down for good in the early 1920′s, the area became San Francisco’s Produce District. A forerunner of the weekend Farmer’s Market that exists near Embarcadero Center today, the area’s narrow streets were lined with vendors selling fruits and vegetables.
When urban renewal laws took hold in San Francisco in the 1950′s, city planner M. Justin Herman spearheaded a plan to redevelop the site where Embarcadero Center now stands into a mixed-use “city within a city.” David Rockefeller, John Portman, and Trammel-Crow submitted the winning proposal to develop the 8.5 acre site.
Embarcadero Center’s four office towers were built in phases, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1983. The office towers, which have a daily population of 16,000, quickly became the corporate headquarters for many major companies.
Further expansion occurred during the mid-1980′s when commercial property became available directly west of the complex. The project was expanded to include Embarcadero Center West located at 275 Battery Street.
The Embarcadero Roadway Project has led to an entire renewal of the Downtown Waterfront District that is ensuring a bright future for Embarcadero Center. The Center is just steps away from the 42,000-seat AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team, which opened in April 2000. The waterfront is also the scene of the new Muni F-Line transportation system featuring historic streetcars from around the world. Future projects include a cruise ship terminal and dozens of new restaurants, condominiums, hotels, and entertainment attractions.
Embarcadero Center successfully combines a desirable office address with over 120 quality shops and restaurants. Stores range from local, independent retailers to names that are internationally recognized, while restaurants provide a diversity of cuisine and dining styles. The Embarcadero Center Cinema is a leading exhibitor of first-run art, foreign language and special interest films. The Center is also the site of frequent special events that include wine and music festivals, art exhibits, garden shows, summer Total Wellness fair and the Embarcadero Center holiday ice rink.”
It’s arty, I suppose, the address repeated over and over and over:
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Reminds me a bit of this.
What used to be at 350 California at Sansome was the 160 foot tall Alaska Commercial Building
But in 1979 it was replaced by the 325 foot tall, 23-story California Building (aka Bank of Tokyo Building and the Union Bank Building).
All that’s left of the Alaska connection are these walrus gargoyles.
I am the walrus, no, I’m the walrus, all day long
Look for these friendly critters the next time you’re in the area.
I’ve always suspected this, but here’s the proof:
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The SFMTA MUNI DPT citation you see was three days old. That means that the driver either just leaves the ticket on this truck 24-7 or s/he takes it off at night and then puts it back on in the morning.
Of course, most towns in America have spaces for UPS trucks to park.
But not San Francisco…
Seems that it’s contract negotiation season for area janitors, don’t you know.
So you’ll find hundreds of workers loudly circling target buildings, marching around, for example, the 101 California, yesterday.
You know, like this:
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But you know, some building owners have a Back Up Plan, you know, the plan to hire replacement workers at $18.65 per.
Here’s yesterday’s ad from the Craiglist:
“We are accepting applications for temporary janitorial positions in San Francisco. The work involves replacing our current work force at commercial office building throughout downtown San Francisco due to a possible labor dispute with the SEIU- Service Employees International Union.
The rate of pay is $18.65 per hour. Typical shifts are from 6:00pm to 2:00am. The length of temporary employment is unknown at this time.
JOB DUTIES INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Remove trash and recycling.
Cleaning and stocking restrooms
Spot cleaning carpets
Follow all job site safety regulations
Ability to work 7.5 hours on your feet
Ability to push and pull up to 25 lbs.
Ability to work independently or in a team environment
Must be 18 years or older to apply
If required, must be able to pass a criminal background check”
On It Goes…
Generally speaking, people inside cars are held at fault when they open up doors without checking and harm results
“22517. No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic…”
Which is fine, but moving traffic can come by both sides of a parked car. See?
Another Market Street dooring narrowly averted – the cyclist in front almost collided with the right rear passenger door when it flew open expectantly:
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So I don’t know, I think I’d tell my passengers to look out before I dropped them off for them to drop their money at our shopping malls.
And I’d pull all the way over to minimize this concern in the first place.
Anyway, the next time this law gets rewritten, let’s write it more better…
The idea behind San Francisco’s Dine About Town is that you’ll be able to check out a place that you otherwise wouldn’t go to.
This season’s winner turns out to be the Asian-influenced 5A5 Steak Lounge at 244 Jackson Street (right next door to Kokkari)
Before you begin, Hamachi shooter and truffle fries:
Now here’ s the DAB menu – Daikon Soup and Romaine Heart Salad:
And here’s your Triple Chocolate Mousse, Melange a Trois, and Ginger Creme Brûlée for dessert:
All right, see you there!
Romaine Heart Salad
Caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, croutons
Russian dressing, bacon, apple, toybox tomatoes
Blue crab meat, fuji apple, nori
Peppercorn sauce, shiitake
New York Strip
Kalbi marinade, kimchi, pickled bean sprouts
Misyaki Black Cod
Shoya broth, calamari, mushrooms
Triple Chocolate Mousse
Strawberry coulis, hazelnuts, irish cream IC
Cream cheese frosting, olive oil powder, walnuts