Posts Tagged ‘green’

An Unusual Traffic Scheme at Masonic and O’Farrell: Left-Turning Cars > Pedestrians? The Planning Gods Must Be Crazy

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

For some reason, the Golden Gods of the Planning Department / the SFMTA, the very same people who clamored for parking meters to operate on Sundays until they got it only to then say that they DIDN’T want it after all, unanimously, have set up an unusual traffic timing scheme at Masonic and O’Farrell. It’s unique.

Southbound drivers turning left get to go first, before car and bus drivers coming north and before peds on the east side of the street.

This is so that southbound drivers can make a U-turn and then a quick right to make into the small lower-level parking lot of the new City Target. About four drivers go left / hang a Louie at the start of each light cycle:

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I approve not.

Now if you want to say that SFGov had a rational basis for doing this after some big study, well then maybe. But having peds wait seven seconds to go after the light turns green is contrary to every impulse every ped has.

For some reason, Planning or the SFMTA or whomever feel that its their responsibility to be at the forefront of experimentation with traffic. Like its their sacred duty or something.

I understand that they would freely admit that this is a kludge fix to accommodate the newly-opened Target store. I understand that they would say that this is temporary until the New Masonic Plan gets going. I understand that there’s a concern about southbound traffic backing up and possibly blocking eastbound and westbound traffic on Geary. BUT EVEN SO, this left arrow scheme at O’Farrell is NOT THE WAY TO GO. There are other ways of doing of what SFGov is trying to accomplish.

There are better ways of doing this.

The Outer Richmond District: Where Every Day is Christmas and Every Night is New Year’s Eve – Parking on the “Lawn”

Monday, July 7th, 2014

When SFGov hasn’t the will to enforce the laws and regs it enacts and you ask them about it, a  govt rep will start talking  about “complaint-driven” enforcement.

And that means no enforcement at all.

So feel free to pave over your front yard and then paint your brand-new parking spaces in alternating red and green, you know, to celebrate, Christmas-style:

(Actually, the most exciting time in the Outer Richmond is the evening of the Fourth of July and the morning of the Fifth of July, what with the illegal fireworks and all…)

Oh Outer Richmond:

You’ve got the biggest heart
Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me
Every day is Christmas, and every night is New Year’s Eve
Will you keep on loving me
Will you keep on, will you keep on
Bringing out the best in me?

An Effective Billboard from USF: “UNIVERSITY OF THE BEST CITY EVER”

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Quite arresting, non?

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Word on the Street: “SURVIVAL SURVIVAL TURK”

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Some people  don’t survive the Tenderloin, of course:

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A Parkside Mystery in the Farthest Reaches of San Francisco County: Is This a Front Yard or a Taxi Yard?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

That’s what some San Francisco City folks ask when they visit SF County.

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The Valley, 2014

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

These things work indoors as well

Breaking Bad: Here Comes the TomTom Maps Car, All the Way from New Hampshire – “Live Free Or Die”

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Heh:

Ganja Leaf Art + Oakland Raiders Sticker + Gold 100-Spoke Wheels + Green Paint + Whitewall Tires = Chevrolet

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Or, in other words:

A bold choice in auto detailing. #420 #haight @ Haight Street http://instagram.com/p/nCkMPglFse/ 

As seen in the 94117 on 420, 2014:

Red, Blue, Green, Yellow: “DRIVE-IN, BURGERS, SHAKES FRIES, HOT DOGS” – Tony’s Cable Car Restaurant, Geary Expressway

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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3.9 on G+

3.5 on Yelp

The Suessian World of Grand View Park – Also Known as Turtle Hill – You’re in a World of Chert

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I suppose it kind of  looks like a turtle:

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