Posts Tagged ‘fulton’

Worker Injury at Star-Crossed Masonic “Improvement” Project

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Was reported to have been “bleeding badly,” but actually didn’t look to be in bad shape at all:

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This is what the crew was working on:

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Maybe they’ll finish this relatively minor project one of these years.

COMING SOON: “BiRite Cafe at Civic Center Plaza” – Mmmmm, That Sounds … Expensive? – A Million Dollar Microstore with “Bad Ass” Egg Sandwiches

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

You know, for kids!

Check it – this sign makes things official:

The plan comes thanks to a $1 million dollar grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation to install a family-friendly food purveyor next to the proposed new playgrounds across the park from City Hall, and is also funded with another $10 million from the Diller Foundation.”

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Man, I could list you similar upscale concepts that worked fine somewhere else only to die in, say, Union Square and, well, even Civic Center itself. In fact, opening up such an establishment would seem like “a good way to lose a million dollars.” Except if you pay the owner a million as a kind of guarantee, well, gee, that could incentivise entrepreneurs to come out of the woodwork, non?

So, just as our USDOT operates an Essential Air Service program to provide inessential flights of mostly empty aircraft, local do-gooders are helping to provide Essential McMuffin Service to Civic Center, but you know, in an upscale way.

But don’t count on Dolores Park-style ice cream availability – it’ll be soft-serve only, Brother.

You know, for kids!

Anyway, this is new on me.

Leaving you with this, from Actual Local Joe Kukura:

“Any discussion of Civic Center inevitably turns to the area’s chronic homelessness, which has only gotten worse during a phase of construction and repairs to the Civic Center BART station. The Department of Public Health and Department of Public Works have been particularly aggressive about clearing the homeless from Civic Center lately, the latest attempt in a decades-long effort to clean up the area best known for the terrifying final scene from the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers that has only gotten scarier and scarier since then.”

Coming Down Masonic, Bike Riders have Five Choices on Which Way To Go at Fulton – Which Would You Choose?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

IDK, I’ll guess I’ll say that I don’t understand what the SFMTA is doing with Masonic for what, the past couple of years or so?

So, for the still inchoate “transformation” of the 3000 feet of Masonic from Fell on up to Geary, are people still riding their bikes on the sidewalks?

Well, Hell to the yes. And as a matter of fact, now more than ever.

So for instance, the northbound block between Grove and Fulton has bus stop that drivers just ease on over to. You’re going want to be on the absurdly wide sidewalk on this block of Masonic. (I guess when it’s all done, buses will just stop in the slow lane. And somehow this won’t create traffic during the Morning Drive. Somehow.)

Now take a look here, coming down the hill approaching Fulton. Where will you end up after you cross?

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  1. The “fast lane” of Masonic. Potentially legal, but NOPE.
  2. The slow lane. Also potentially legal, but also NOPE.
  3. The bus stop. Well, it leads to the bike lane further south, but that’d be silly. NOPE
  4. The bike lane. Usually peds are in it, instead of the crowded sidewalk, so MAYBE.
  5. The already-crowded sidewalk. You could squeeze between the new garbage can and the vehicle(s) what are seemingly always there on your right. MAYBE.

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I’ll tell you, I never go on the sidewalks of Market, but I always go on the sidewalks of Masonic, or at least on some blocks of Masonic, depending on traffic, conditions, etc. Go figure.

Anyway, you should too. My advice. Until the current morass dries out a bit, or rather, until the long-promised “transformation” of Masonic…

[And oh yes, if you continue on down towards Fell, I’ll tell you to take Central or Ashbury instead of Masonic, depending on your final destination. Or consider the sidewalk, depending, of course, upon traffic and whatnot.]

Unexpected Advertising: Is This Christmas Tree Ad Kosher?

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

As seen in, well, I’m calling it Golden Gate Park:

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The Most Proper Alfa Romeo I’ve Seen in Frisco, in All My Years – A 1750 Berlina, Born in the ’60s

Friday, December 1st, 2017

See what I mean? Proper:

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As seen on Fulton, at a red light, talking with the driver of this other aging Alfa, which just happened to be in the neighboring lane:

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Let’s just say Frisco is un sanctuario per aging Alfas, perche no?

Apparently, 25th Avenue and Fulton is Shaping Up to be Some Kind of Glorious Crossroads Area

Friday, November 10th, 2017

We’ve already seen this hullaballo:

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And now more work continues to the west, thusly:

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A lot of aesthetics stuff ginned up to be some kind of safety-related effort.

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Already this intersection has more traffic congestion.

(It could be that the National Park-style boulders “signal” to people that they should slow down as they enter a park, but also that they “signal” to other people that they are leaving a park and entering a residential area, so they too should slow down. It would be some kind of win-win, possibly maybe…)

We’ll see how it goes.

Twee Overload: Another Non-Safety-Related, Non-Improvement “Safety” “Improvement” for the Panhandle – How Does This Pole Help?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Somehow, Rec and Park is trying to turn Golden Gate Park into some kind of old-school, National Park fantasyland, like something out of Every Day Is Like Sunday, these days.

So we’re paying for stuff like these Edwardian-era wooden benches, which to me don’t match the Panhandle’s current situation.

(Speaking of which, the wooden graffiti benches are getting used, but perhaps not by those intended by RPD. So people will check-in in the daytime, then you see them still there at the end of the day, and then they’re still there the next day, not that I care, but I question how much RPD knows about GGP, and the Panhandle part of it in particular.)

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Anywho, that’s your background. And here’s what’s new:

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The concrete base has been at this location for a while now. I was thinking it could be for an LED light pole, but I was also thinking I’d be wrong. Turns out we’re getting a sign.

What will it say? Prolly the Rec and Park board would prefer something not allowed, such as ED LEE GETS IT DONE, XXX OOO, RPD, but maybe it will say, “Golden Gate Park?”

IDK.

Now what I think RPD should do is widen the neighboring multi-use path that abuts Fell, but that might be too much of a heavy lift for them, oh well.

On it goes…

What Does RPD Think Golden Gate Park Needs? – More Boulders, Apparently – With All Its Problems, We Get This

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

IDK, man

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I said, IDK, man:

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I mean, it’s like RPD has some vision of what GGP should be like, so it spends money on this kind of thing:

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But then operations. Well, it’s anything goes, whatever, a half-assed job is good enough for us, oh, we just put another citizen into the hospital / morgue? Oh whatever, we’ve got giant cranes to hire, and aestheticisms to consult…

JMO.

(Oh, notice more giant rocks in the first photo.

Opposition Meeting for the 5-Unit Development Proposed at 1846 Grove / 1815 Fulton on Oct. 3rd, Page Branch Library

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Background is here and here.

Meeting info is here:

Group: Save SF Open Space
Event title: NOPA community meeting on Grove Street Construction
Event purpose: This is a neighborhood meeting to discuss the construction project at 1846V Grove Street
Meeting Location: Park Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 1833 Page
Time and Date: 7:00-8:30 PM on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Contact info:

SaveSFopenspace@gmail.com

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Opposition Organizes Against the 5-Unit Development Proposed for 1846 Grove / 1815 Fulton – A “Landlocked” Parcel Near Masonic

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

There was a meeting about this proposal, which was under the radar until a couple weeks ago. Now, it’s a heavy blip, so it won’t be able to sneak into the ‘hood the way The World’s Smallest Burger King snuck into a 990 square foot parcel on 9th Ave back in the day.

Anyway, here it is, and if anything the width of the 3.5 foot wide panhandle part has been dramatically exaggerated in this official map:

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The time to have built here was a century ago IMO.

I don’t think it’s going to work out but that’s JMO…