Stick it to the Man!
Seems a bit selfish to try to take street parking just for yourselves, Western Addition millionaires…
Or I suppose they’re really called “suction” hydrants:
If you ask me, Fulton should have traffic signals in the USF area. But nobody asked me, so what our horrible SFMTA did recently instead of that was to take out a couple lanes.
So now this stretch of has a lower capacity in exchange for a dubious stab at increased safety.
Anyway, this is new on me, but it looks like Fulton can no longer handle annual USF Move-In Day without it being a big event complete with cars getting towed, with extreme prejudice. Ivan Valladares has the details:
“I saw around 20 cars getting towed away this morning on Fulton street, I’m sure it was more then that, just because students were moving in to SF STATE [sic] and were exclusively using the right lane to line up. This city sucks.”
Here it is, complete with home-made signs directing traffic:
Later in the day, the owner of this minivan parked at what’s normally a legal space for about ten minutes but then got swarmed by the popo with a quickness:
See this pedestrian island smack dab in the middle of McAllister at what remains of Octavia?
It didn’t used to be there. Oh, here we go:
Click to expand
So what this does is bottleneck McAllister traffic by not letting bikes and vehicles easily pass through the Octavia “intersection” at the same time.
I cry foul. IMO, this isn’t good design for pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, bus drivers or firetruck drivers.
So what is this island good for – satisfying the ideological requirements of the sainted SFMTA?
But be my guest, go out there and take a look and see how traffic flows at this particular intersection, say around 5 PM during the evening drive.
Be my guest.
Like from the sidewalks below or, as here, from across the street:
Click to expand
This new place on Fulton hasn’t even opened yet but it already has a five-star rating from Yelp, imagine that.
This particular block of Fulton is known for being home to a former Mayor’s formerly favorite corporate coffee house and what else? Oh, very expensive burritos. If you want, you can rent a big building a couple of doors down and open your own joint – just $18k a month in rent. And remember that big whorehouse that shut down a few years back?
What will happen next on the odd side of the 1700 block of Fulton across from the Lucky? Who knows.
But how about some window coverings, except why’d you install such big windows in the first place if you’re going to cover them up? Oh well.