Posts Tagged ‘geary’

Frisco’s Horrible Pedestrians vs. the Geary Expressway

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Here’s how people react to our needlessly-wide Geary Expressway:

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I think Buchanan Street will make a comeback one of these days, in the form of a marked crosswalk, allowing peds to once again legally cross in this area.

The Secret is OUT About Using the LUCKY PENNY PARKING LOT to Shop at Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

It says a lot about Frisco Planning that a simple gro sto is so packed with people, oh well.

Anyway, parking at the 100th Trader Joe’s continues to be a bear. So much so that people continue to park in the northbound lane of Masonic and then dash across five lanes of traffic.* Has somebody gotten killed doing this? Yes, in this very spot, not that long ago:

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The reason why people do this is because it’s a PITA to approach TJS100 from any direction but north. This is by design. Oh well.

But look:

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A formerly unwritten policy got written down and a small lot at Geary and Masonic became officially available for use. Now, you can easily approach from the west, south and east, by using the south entrance of the Lucky Penny lot.

Oh, about that Lucky Penny. It was a terrible, terrible diner:

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Believe me. Sad!!!

Anyway, it got shut down for some housing project, so the parking lot became the Land of Wind and Ghosts, an empty gallery for taggers. See? (That pole sometime vibrates in the wind, back and forth, like a G6, like a G6, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.)

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It was a cat and mouse game of paint and repaint. After a while, things got cleaned up, to make room for new tags:

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But then this unused public realm got activated and people started using the lot again, but for shopping at Joe’s.

Did the average shopper notice? IDK. The queue for People With Cars (this is an actual phrase – I didn’t make it up) still sometimes would go Over The Hill towards the Pine Euclid area. I mean that’s gotta be 20 cars in line to get into the cramped TJ’s lot sometimes. And some of these people have rented a Getaround car just for one shopping trip – they’re On The Clock, tick tick tick. Anyway, during these busy times, the LP lot would be half empty, oddly, as if people didn’t know they should park her.

But these days, the Lucky Penny lot gets all filled up – it wasn’t like this even a few months ago. People have learned The Secret.

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But there’s a Threat. It’s that darn housing project. Now I don’t think that TJ’s shoppers are in a position to “save” this temporary lot, but, Man, they sure will complain once they get kicked out for construction.

And then the new building, with perhaps 200-300 residents will have underground parking spaces for like nine cars? Well, that’s something that’ll be up for debate. Area Residents want this parking space number to be around 100 spaces. (They care not about any alleged housing crises. They care about their daily street parking crisis.) Activists would prefer the aforementioned nine and Planning? Well, Planning will come in somewhere inbetwixt, one surmises.

Let’s save that conflict for The Future…

*Or, they park on Ralph Waldo Emerson Street, walk onto the roof and then down the stairs and then into the grocery. This is kind of crazy but it happens. Of course, this rooftop parking could be avail for the typical TJ’s shopper, but the residents of the Emerson cul-de-sac** would burn down City Hall afore they’d allow that.  

**I said “sack.” Heh. Good one, me. 

MANSPLAINER: How Tourists Should Get Their Rental Bikes Over The Bridge to Sausalito on Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

[Mansplaining means giving advice without being asked, is one definition. Apologies.]

Attention Frisco Tourists / Visitors, I’m talking at hundreds and hundreds of you:

You are about to have a big headache, as a great bulk of our Presidio will be closed on Saturday, August 26th. Both of these zones will be bike-free areas.

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So here’s what you do. Instead of renting up at Fisherman’s Wharf, rent your ride near the Ferry Building and go down Market, take the Wiggle route to the Panhandle to JFK Drive. Then hang a right at the Rose Garden (feel free to walk your bike north to Fulton or take the unpaved bike route to the right (east) of the garden, then take 14th Ave or whateever, then take a long uphill through that damn golf course, then take Washington to Lincoln Boulevard (not that other Lincoln) and then a left on Merchant and then you are all set up for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or, go your own way. Ferry Building to Rose Garden to Sausalito. (Oddly enough, Google Maps now recommends the superior McAllister Street route over the vaunted Wiggle, but since the Wiggle is mostly for amateurs anyway, feel free.)

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Or you can take the Geary #38 bus with your bikes placed on the rack on the front of the bus all the way out to 25th Avenue and then bike the rest of the way.

Or you can rely on real-time Google Maps, which very possibly might be live-updated with the no-go zones.

Or you can go to the Ferry Building to take the ferry TO Sausalito. (This could very well be the better option on any day, as there are a lot of tourists who get back to SF this way.) Then you’ll have a laborious ride to climb out of Sausalito on your way back, but once you hit Frisco, it’ll be mostly downhill. I mean, really, you are starting and ending up at sea level, so the amount of effort is about the same.

Or you rent your ride at the Fish Wharf, follow the route to the Marina Green, discover that you are screwed and then maybe look left up that massive hill and start pushing. Divisidero is one option. Then get into the non-closed part of the Presidio to get to the Golden Gate Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

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Baby, that’s steep, even for Frisco. Some blocks on other streets on this hill have stair steps cut into the sidewalk. And of course, you and your bike should stay off of the Lyon Street Steps, the direct route around the Presidio from the (Old) Mason Street Entrance to the Presidio at Lyon.

Once again, apologies, Gentle Tourists.

Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

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The Free Parking Abusers of Geary – If Your Primary Motivation for Getting a Handicapped Placard is Free Parking, You Don’t Need It

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

I was on the edges of C-Town for a little while, on Sac above Grant so actually the traffic’s not too bad. Anyway, I (eventually) noticed that all the cars parked on the block (or my side of it, anyway) had handicapped placards AND that no Parking Control Officers were coming around. Could that be related?

I mean, if you have a quota, which you don’t, not officially, but actually you do, even these days, why would you waste your time where most of the rides are there all day and they’re not ticketable?

And here’s Geary on a Saturday, where they now have a bunch of meters installed.

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Of course, no PCO’s came here when I was here – they seldom do, it seems.

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Some of these placards are legit but MOST of them are not.

Of course, enforcement comes from making sure that the placards haven’t expired and from making sure the person belonging to the card has some relationship with the car being otherwise illegally parked, but not at all from people getting placards for the simple purpose of FREE PARKING all the live-long day.

The problem with this is that you make other people who similarly don’t need placards think they’re suckers for not joining the bandwagon. I mean, everybody has something wrong with them, right? That means that pretty much everybody can “qualify” for a placard in the State of Cali, pretty much.

Like Donald Trump has/had “bone spurs” like four-five times, that kind of thing.

Do you know who really hates the extremely high placard rate in Frisco? The SFMTA, that’s who. They know how much its costing them. If there’s reform, someday, it will come from them…

Full Employment Nation: “NOW HIRING, START TOMORROW” at $2 Above Minimum Wage – Le Colonel veut que VOUS

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

As seen in the Richmond:

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As they say, “Scholarships Available.”

Note that the days of Frisco’s $13 minimum wage are numbered – $14 per hour will be the new minimum starting on July 1, 2017. (Hey, why not bring up this subject at your interview?)

Look What Our SFMTA has Done to the Geary / Masonic Hairball – “Such Lovely Trees” have All Been Given the Chop

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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Now:

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The Tree People are not happy, even though they’ve been promised replacement trees.

I’ll tell you, I can’t exactly see how it’s even remotely possible that whatever SFGov is doing to “improve” this intersection, plus the 3000 feet of Masonic to the south down to Fell, will “transform” this area, oh well.

Anyway, the large stand of old growth street trees what used to be out in front of 5 Masonic (in the triangle where you can see the light blue Mini Cooper) will get some kind of art installation. Will that be an “improvement?” IDK, I guess, for some people.

In the meantime, things are looking pretty bleak up there at windblown Mervyn’s Heights…

“TEEN DEPRESSION – WHY? – WHAT CAN HELP?” = Recruitment for the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Of course, it’s a free county.

As seen in the Richmond:

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Prototype Tesla Model X P100D on the Streets of San Francisco? – Manufacturer’s License Plate

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

IDK. Anyway, DMV’s code name for Tesla is BOI, apparently.

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It’s Scoot’s World, We’re Just Living in It

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Count the Scoots:

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