Posts Tagged ‘golden gate park’

Birds vs. Spiders, the Never-Ending Battle: Hummingbird in Alamo Square, Scrub Jay in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Ouch:

And in Golden Gate Park:

And leave us not forget, the Bohemian Club in Union Square.

The SFPD vs. the Drug Dealers of the Alvord Lake Bridge – A Game of Cat and Mouse – Running Across Kezar Drive

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Does the SFPD drive its big Ford Crown Victorias ‘neath the first reinforced concrete bridge built in America just to chat with area drug dealers? Yes, yes it does. Officers simply drive past the world’s smallest lake (sadly just two-star rated) and then under Kezar Drive.

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And then they hang a left to do a little 2WD off-roading.

Oh, what’s this, lazy drug dealers who don’t know enough to run away? In this case yes. But in other cases, more motivated dealers hoof it up the hill and across three lanes of traffic on Kezar Drive.

On it Goes…

Here’s the Proof that the Real Estate Interests of the 94117 Have Given Up on the Mickinley Statue Fence in the Panhandle

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I don’t know why local real estate interests have such sway over what goes on in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, but that’s the way things are.

And I’ll tell you further, I don’t know why local real estate interests ganged up on the mostly harmless Panhandle Bandshell, but they did, oh well. So that’s the background.

These days, the Eye of Sauron has fixed its gaze upon the east end, upon the McKinley Statue. It wants “period-appropriate fencing” around the whole deal, like this:

As you might remember, there was a big push for The Fence last year, detailed here.

But if you’re trying to get popular support for an iron fence, you have to leave the graffiti on and not even try to clean things up until you get your goddam fence, right?

So the above shows how things looked in the autumn of 2013. I allege that the people who wanted (and still want!) the fence decided to not clean things up in order to better make the case for the fence.

Anywho, the fence concept got put on the back burner late last year, obvs, so this is how the statue looks these days, more or less:

On It Goes…

 

A Small Victory: Organizers Finally Recognize Hayes Street Hill is NOT the Highest Point of the Bay to Breakers

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

First things first, let’s prove that the top of the Hayes Street Hill on Hayes Street is not the highest point of the current B to B route.

Here’s a route profile, starting from the SoMA near the bay going all the way to the breakers of Ocean Beach. See that big incline just before mile marker three? That’s the vaunted Hayes Street Hill. 

Via Mishalov.net:

And here’s another shot at it:

And here’s a contour map of the Hayes Street area:

But here’s your winner. It’s the 270-something-foot-high saddle on JFK Drive betwixt Prayer Book Cross and Stow Lake / Strawberry Hill, just underneath where ”KENNEDY” is written:

So that’s it.

From the organizers:

“Under Armour will have a strong race day presence as the official sponsor of the notoriously challenging “Hayes Hill,” awarding prizes to the fastest hill runners from select racing categories.”

(People from around here call it Hayes Street Hill, but otherwise this is fine. The name of the hill itself is Alamo Heights.)

This was what the organizers used to say every year:

“Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore and Steiner, bringing them to the highest point in the race, approximately 215 feet above sea level. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park.”

So yeah, the course gradually flows downhill, but only after peaking in Golden Gate Park.

All right, let’s see how the MSM handles this in 2014…

What It Looks Like When the California Academy of Sciences Has a Free Admission Day – A 500-Yard Line in the Rain

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

This is the tail of the snake on JFK Drive:

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Or you can Plan a Visit sometime, your choice.

Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon: Giant RV’s! – Chased Away From Certain SF Streets – Overnight Parking Whac-A-Mole

Friday, February 7th, 2014

So SFGov is banning RV’s from parking overnight on certain streets, but people are worried that the RVers will just set up camp a block or so away.

We’ll see how it goes.

But you might need to prepare yourself for more of this:

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If You Want to Get From the Panhandle to Downtown Quickly, Forget About the Wiggle and Just Take Oak

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Thusly:

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If you want. There’s really only one block that’s kind of steep, but think of all the stop signs you won’t have to blow through.

They used to have a kind of bike lane on the left side of Oak but it’s gone now.

But the right side looks all right and traffic doesn’t move all that fast so it works.

(Coming back is a different story, much steeper going uphill on neighboring Fell and Page.)

Happy trails.

Dawn Patrol: The SFPD Rousting Bleary-Eyed, Bicycle-Thieving Hippies at 6 AM in Golden Gate Park, 94117

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

This is what it looks like, in the middle of the Panhandle halfway betwixt Fell and Oak, sometimes, when Park Station goes on we-own-the-night Dawn Patrol:

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SFPD Crown Vic radio cars do OK driving on the grass, until it gets too muddy in there.

Look out, sleepy hippies!

If You Ever Wanted to Take Your Stair Climbing Machine Out for a Ride, This ElliptiGO Bike is for You

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Small wheels and it costs $3500.

Maybe this is for runners with bad knees.

As seen in Golden Gate Park:

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OTOH, my daily driver cost ten times less and it has big wheels.

But, if it makes you happy…