Posts Tagged ‘fireworks’

Our SFMTA Wants to Claim It’s Increasing Parking Up at Twin Peaks, But It’s DECREASING Parking – One Simple Trick!

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

What the SFMTA’s Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project is a gonna do is get rid of these, these people from the top of Twin Peaks, particularly on busy dreaded sunny days, like this one:

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Most of the tourists on top of that twin came from all the cars you can see on the left side. But all that parking is gone now, so tourists aren’t going to go to the top of Twin Peaks as much anymore.

What’s that, “good,” you say? Well OK, but why doesn’t the SFMTA just come out and say that? Instead, we get this:

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project Frequently Asked Questions – April 8, 2016 version:

Will any parking be added or removed? No parking is being proposed for removal. Today, informal (illegal) parking takes place at the center of the Figure 8 and occasionally in the outer lane of the roadway. This project will formalize parking at both the center and south intersections, increasing the number of available stalls. Parking in the travel lane will no longer be possible.

So they’re not “removing parking,” they’re simply blocking cars from getting to the parking spaces? And you can’t park on the side of a highway in CA anymore, is that correct, really?

So the real answer to the question Will any parking be added or removed is:

Yes. Hell yes.

But who are these people so uncouth and “informal” that they think they can park their rental cars on the side of the road and walk up a hill for a look-see? Just fucking tourists, that’s all. And it’s not even the same ones day after day and year after year – it’s a constant flow of new people from all over the Bay Area, California, ‘Mericah, and The Rest Of The World. Those are the people the SFMTA and the Rec and Park (RPD – it’s Frisco’s name for the Parks and Recreation Department) are getting rid of, at least on busy days.

As with most things in Life, there are trade-offs. Our SFMTA wants to deny that, oh well (at 2:10)…

A Few Beefs with the SFMTA’s Marketing of Its Plan to (Somehow) “Increase Access” to Twin Peaks

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Here you go:

Making Room to Enjoy Spectacular Twin Peaks by Aaron Bialick
Friday, April 15, 2016

But the SFMTA isn’t really making anything is it?

Access by foot and bike is pretty limited, the road that loops around the mountain top in a “figure 8” is underused by car traffic and the loop’s intersections are confusing.

OK, well, “access” by foot and bike will still be “pretty limited” after the SFMTA completes the scheme it came up with, right? And let’s take a look at that road, on a dreaded sunny day:

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Now, would you say that the east (left) side of this figure 8 is “underused?” No, not at all!

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Hey, is being “car-free” a good thing? Like is it as good as being something like herpes-free? One wonders.

On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider approval of a pilot phase…

This means that the SFMTA is going to do what it wants to do, with the little bit of money it can scrape up to enact its ideology.

The project was shaped with community feedback…

First of all, there’s no community up there atop Twin Peaks. Second of all, if there is, it’s tourists (international, national, regional, and local) and this plan cooked up by the SFMTA is about as anti-tourist as one could imagine.

We’d also create legitimate parking spaces at the center and south intersections to address the illegal parking that already occurs.

WHAT WHAT? So all these People With Cars, the hundreds of People what congregate up there sometimes, they’re parking on the side of the highway “illegitimately?” So it’s legal but it doesn’t comport with SFMTA ideology? Or maybe it’s illegal, but our SFMTA hasn’t seen fit to put up signage what explains things nice and clear for visitors who don’t really have a good handle on English? And so all the scores of places where people park now and, indeed, the past century, all of that was not and is not “legitimate?” Whoo boy.

So the plan is to decrease access IRL and advertise this paint job (that doesn’t add ANYTHING) as one what will “increase” access.

Will that cost anything? Yes.

Will it cost the vaunted SFMTA anything. No, not really. Just a bit of paint…

 

Our SFMTA’s Plan to “Increase Access” at Twin Peaks WIll Actually Decrease Access – Trying to Figure the Figure 8

Friday, April 8th, 2016

IDK, man. On the one hand, SFGov promotes the 49-Mile-Drive, but OTOH, SFGov wants to make it more difficult.

Take a look here down below – where are all these cars going to go after this plan gets going?

The plan, advertised as one what would “increase access,” will decrease access, obviously. Parking areas will be decreased by a whole lot. Oh what’s that, that’s a good thing AFAYAC, Gentle Reader? Well, fine – but let’s agree that taking out scores of places for people to park is going to make for a less-busy Twin Peaks, for better or worse.

And hey, are these people glorious Pedestrians / People With Bikes or are they terrible, horrible People With Cars? One simply can’t tell. Some locals walk and bike up here, but I see very few tourists attempting to do so. Mostly they come by tour bus or car, FWICS.

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On It Goes…

Will the SFMTA/RPD’s Car Ban Plan for the East Side of Twin Peaks Increase Access or Decrease Access? Take a Look at This Photo

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Take a listen, to Phil Matier here.

And then take a look, at what an Ivy Leaguer / Attorney / Former Gavin Newsom Jogging Buddy Who For Some Reason Is In Charge Of Our Park System has to say here:

As he sees it, the plan “increases the recreational accessibility of the area and makes it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.”

As for safety, we’ll have to wait and see. But as for “accessibility,” this is going to be a Big Fat Decrease.

Here’s the east side of Twin Peaks Boulevard as it looks when the parking lot at Christmas Tree Point is all fulled up:

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Where are these people going to go? Not Twin Peaks, that’s for sure. This plan will decrease access, certainly. (Or is the SFMTA going to run a shuttle bus up here? IDTS)

And oh, here’s how Phil Ginsburg attains access himself, using a car:

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Proposed Figure 8 for Twin Peaks: Let’s See if SFGov’s Half-Ass Overgoverning is Better than Its Half-Ass Undergoverning

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

“No offense Homer, but your half-ass under-parenting was a lot more fun than your half-ass over-parenting.”

Joe Kukura does a good job here of explaining our SFMTA’s Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project.

Losing one lane of traffic should be no problem, but I don’t know where our tourists will be able to park after the SFMTA gets through.

They kind of make things up on their own now.

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The fourth of July is prolly the busiest day of the year up here, for the fogworks shows you might be able to see some years

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Rec and Park has no idea what it’s doing, as you can see, as per usual. What did they do, just put up some signs and walk away?

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Anyway, that’s the update from the Wild West…

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94117 Update: If You Think the Boom You Just Heard was from Fireworks, You’re Probably Correct – Photographic Proof

Friday, June 12th, 2015

What’s that, the Oakland Warriors won a playoff game again? Boom, boom.

This is the kind of cardboard tubing you’ll find the day after:

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The tube in the photo is more of a sparkler kind of firework, but here are the big boys what make the big noyz.

Boom boom.

Amateur vs. MSM Blogger Showdown: The Tens vs The Nevius – Who Has a Decent Giants Fireworks Shot and Who Doesn’t?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Up first is the effort from official Mayor Ed Lee lickspittle CW Nevius:

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Mmmm…

I’ll reserve comment else I’ll get Blocked from his Twitter feed (again. You know, for calling him an SFGov lickspittle last month, which he totally is.)

So that was the pro journalist.

Comes now, The Tens.

Same night, same show:

Oh that’s right, CW Nevius gets paid the same whether he does a half-assed job or not.

(And CW’s Conventional Wisdom writing is worse than his photography.)

Oh well.

(And switch cameras (or devices or whatever) and the The Tens would still take much better photos.)

A clear victor: The Tens.

Thx 4 playing…

Better Know Your Annual San Francisco Mission District Illegal Fourth of July Fireworks Show, 2011

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between official and illegal fireworks shows.

Take this shot from Bluoz from last night’s Fourth of July 2011 celebration, for instance:

La Mision as seen from the SoMA: 

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Some of these rockets can get pretty high:

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Fireworks Over Golden Gate Park a Huge Success – Go Giants! – Soft Thuds Heard for Miles – Ended Before 10 PM

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

[UPDATE: Oh yes, the birds, too – I forgot about them.]

Get up to speed right here on tonight’s surprise fireworks show in the Music Concourse for the benefit of the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball.

Per the SFGiants:

“If you’re in The City and you hear fireworks in a minute, don’t be alarmed, it’s just the #SFGiants private World Series Gala at GG Park.”

But, uh oh:

“Seeing complaints from people in SF about the Tuesday night Fireworks. Giants better win the World Series for the city after this one!”

Und:

“Oh apparently it’s some fireworks show for the Giants over GG park? Effing stupid. I’ve never seen a city so obsessed with a sports team.”*

Here’s the video.

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Can you hear the chants of, “Let’s go, Giants?”

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And here’s the view from Fell Street:

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And here’s the mise en scene with Sutro Tower in the background.

This show was scheduled to end at 10:25 PM but concern over area NIMBYs pushed things up a half-hour or so.

Go Giants!

*Say what?

Fireworks Over Golden Gate Park for the San Francisco Giants – But You’re Not Invited – Will the Trees be Safe?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

[UPDATE: 10:00 PM – The show started and ended early. Check it.

Here’s the video. Can you hear the chants of, “Let’s go, Giants?”

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[UPDATE: 4:00 PM –Fireworks timing has just been announced at the Richmond District Blog:

“UPDATE (3:47pm): The Richmond District Police Station just sent out an advisory about fireworks at the event: Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants will be hosting a brief fireworks display in Golden Gate Park tonight. The fireworks presentation will take place sometime between 10:15 pm and 10:25 pm. The display is in connection with a private welcome event hosted by the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball for out of town visitors and other guests. Access to the music concourse and other areas of Golden Gate Park will be limited for the evening for safety reasons.”

That’s a little late, right? Area homeowners might go apoplectic over this one. And the Texas Rangers, those strangers, are invited, but you’re not? Oh well]

According to the always-reliable Richmond District Blog, the big shindig at the Music Concourse in front of our California Academy of Sciences tonight is a VIP party for the San Francisco Giants, what with them being in the World Series and whatnot. See?

VIP Giants bash at the Academy of Sciences tonight

Now check it, they’ve got fireworks all set up ready to go, but these incendiaries are placed a little too close to some trees according to local arborealists. And I’ll tell you, there’s nothing touchier than a Golden Gate Park tree hugger. Let’s hope for the best, let’s hope the trees don’t turn orange as well…

(And the NIMBYs? Are they going to have heart attacks and start up dialing 911 and 311 and Carmen Chu and Eric Mar? Let’s hope not.)

Grand View Park will be a good place to see the short fireworks show, but the Strawberry Hill area might work as well, as might Lone Mountain.

This will be the biggest party near the concourse since the 1800’s:

Tonight we’re (they’re, actually) going to party like it’s 1989.

Oh well.