Posts Tagged ‘haight’

NIMBY’s vs. the SFMTA: Local Objections to New Traffic Signals on McAllister at Broderick and Scott for the 5 Fulton

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

This effort appears to be similar to the SFMTA’s attempt to add traffic signals on Haight at Scott and Pierce.

This isn’t the worst example of NIMBYism, but I’d say it’s fairly alarmist, fairly absurd.

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I’ll just say that, generally speaking, it’s generally harder to get around town these days by car, by bike and by MUNI, compared with ten or twenty years ago. Part of this has to do with our newer, absurdly-wide sidewalks, designed for pedestrian “comfort.”

And yet, most ped and cyclist deaths in San Francisco involve fault from the peds and cyclists. Here’s 2014:

The Police Department found that in the 17 pedestrian deaths, drivers were responsible for eight and pedestrians were responsible for nine. Bicyclists were responsible in all three instances when they died.” 

(I should do a video on how to be a pedestrian in SF. It might involve some jaywalking but it would also involve extreme alertness on behalf of peds. You see, the way to prevent a lot of ped deaths in SF would be to get inside their heads to see what’s going wrong.)

IMO, the SFMTA should leave McAllister alone and then start taking out as many bus stops as politically possible.

I’ll tell you, not that many cyclists pass by Broderick and McAllister compared with Scott and McAllister, it seems, owing to geography. So looking at McAllister and Scott, it seems that the lights will be timed against cyclists using FULTON DIVISADERO MCALLISTER eastbound as an alternative to the already-overcrowded Wiggle route to get from the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to the Financh.

So for my own selfish reasons, I’d prefer that MUNI not make these changes, but who am I to stand in their way? What the MUNI people are saying is that we’ll all be better off overall, and 40 seconds each way each day will add up to millions of seconds, eventually.

In conclusion, meh. If MUNI wants to put in lights, we should let them do it.

Explaining Why the “Haight Street Rat” Isn’t “as close as you can get to the intention that Banksy had”

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Here it is, back in 2010. That greenish building that used to be a bank housed Villains Vault at the time:

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Detail, camera left:

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A thin red line connects these two elements, one assumes.

Here’s the update:

Banksy’s ‘Haight Street Rat’ graffiti holes up in an S.F. gallery by Rachel Howard

Now let’s say that Banksy caught Villains Vault displaying and selling unlicensed Banksy reprints as well as stuff from other street artists, you know, flagrantly, back in 2010. So then Banksy was all enough is enough, so he was all THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE.

And then he drew the line.

So really, the line is the piece, instead of the rat, right?

So if you just have the rat, you’re missing part of the story, right?

So it’s not just The Rat In The Hat Comes Back, right? I’m not saying that Banksy is all that deep but he’s deeper than a simple put-a-beret-on-it.

Now I understand why that KRON guy just went for the rat, but to do this job “as close as you could get to the intention Banksy had,” you’d have gotten the rest of the piece.

Just saying.

Or, IOW:

“The original Haight Street Rat stencil is a beret-wearing rat clutching a marker and a red line that extends from the rat to the neighboring building on the corner of Haight Street and Belvedere Street. On the adjacent building, the rat has seemingly written the text “THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE” in red which can be seen from the street above a clothing store that allegedly took street artists’ works and printed them on T-shirts and other apparel for sale without giving the artists any credit or revenue.”

Or IOW:

“Named the Haight Street Rat for its placement atop a Victorian building on Haight Street, the stenciled rat clutching a red marker is now neatly framed and displayed in a location entirely unlike the one in which it was created: the lobby of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A., the city’s tallest tower and perhaps its most conspicuous symbol of capitalism. It’s a baffling venue for a piece of site-specific street art that initially wrapped across two buildings…

Nature Scene at the World’s Smallest Lake: A Great Egret Across the Street from Our Busy Stanyan Whole Foods

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Can you even see Golden Gate Park’s “world-class” Alvord Lake on a map? I suppose, but it’s smaller than most ponds IRL.

Anyway, here it is, complete with a giant Great Egret looking for food right across the street from people looking for food at the Whole Foods Stanyan:

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Or if you don’t want to call it an egret, you can play it safe, as writer CW Nevius might, by guessing “heron,” ’cause that’s close enough. (Hey, is he making a joke about the tower crane in the reflection? I can’t tell. Prolly not, but I can’t tell. It is a heron, a great blue heron, a giant bird that just loves SF. A GBH will get a little irritated if you walk right up to it when it’s hunting, but usually not so much that it would fly away)

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Anyway, all dese kinds of boids are in the heron family, and lots of them hang out in GGP, occasionally

Black Crowned Night Heron:

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Great Blue:

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Green:

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Snowy Egret:

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American Bittern:

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And most of the time all they do is stand around and hang out, ’cause herons is herons, mostly – they’re all pretty much the same…

Depeche Mode: Miniskirted Urbanist Poses on Haight Street’s Brand-New Red Lane – The Glamour of Transit

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By Vivian Ho:

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Or minidress? IDK.

(And I might add that the photographer’s assistant with the screen isn’t actually doing anything except making the scene just a skosh darker. I mean, if you yourself aren’t casting a shadow, due to fog / clouds, then your screen isn’t really doing all that much neither. Time might have better spent looking out for bus or car drivers…)

A 315-Seat Theatre Coming to Haight Ashbury? Admission Will Cost $40K per Year – “Urban School” Hearing on January 22

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Those who’d like to yammer about this project are welcome to waste their time come January 22, 2015.

Read all about it.

(Man, that Urban School has some expensive tuition.)

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“Tuition                         $38,100
Laptop Fee                       $620
Total Charges            $38,720

In budgeting for four years of an Urban education, parents can expect annual tuition increases. The average tuition increase has been 4.2% per year, over the last five years.

For many families, the cost of an independent secondary education may seem overwhelming at first. To assist families in making this important investment in their child’s future, Urban has developed several payment options, including monthly payments, a loan program, and a financial aid program:

Plan 1: Tuition is paid in two installments: Payment 1 by July 1 ($25,260) and Payment 2 by January 1 ($9,650).

Plan 2: Tuition is paid in 10 installments, May to February ($3,491). 

Loan Program: A family may borrow up to the total cost of an Urban education, less any financial aid received. The repayment period extends from 24-84 months, and there are no prepayment penalties.”

Wow, the Terms of Service (ToS) You’re Supposed to Read Before Entering Whole Foods on Stanyan is Pretty Lengthy

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

IMO:

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“Please no shopping into your reusable bags?” Oh, I’ve done that. Didn’t know the term for it. I suppose you’re halfway to being a shoplifter once you start doing that, in the opinion of the (quite large) Whole Foods Security Squadron.

What else, oh, follow the rules or you might get banned from the store for five years, or something.

Read the whole list. I’ve never seen a lengthy ToS like this for a store…

Whole Foods Stanyan Street in the Upper Haight: A Good Place to Shop, Perhaps, But a Bad Place to Park Your Bike

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Man, quick-release skewers ought to be banned for sale in San Francisco…

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The Metal Detectors of Stanyan Street

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’ve seen this hobby in Hawaii and Fun Diego, but never in the 415 / 628 / 650, never in Frisco

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Streetfighter 94117: New SFPD Park Station Captain Raj Vaswani Takes Down a Shoplifter at the Lucky, You Know, Personally

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

That is, if I’m reading this right:

Probation Violation – Fulton/Masonic – 10/02/2014 4:25PM

Captain of Park Station who was on routine patrol is approached by a loss prevention agent. The agent states a theft had just occurred at Lucky’s supermarket and the suspect was still in sight. Captain observed the subject walking away and immediately ordered the thief to stop, which the thief was reluctant to do. The Captain was able to catch up to the thief and attempt to take him into custody. The thief would not go down without a fight. After a brief struggle, the Captain was able to overpower the thief and take him into custody. The thief was on felony probation for the transportation of drugs.”

PARK STATION, COMPANY F, WHERE THE SUMMER OF LOVE NEVER ENDS:

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Our Long Parochial Nightmare is Over: The Vandalized Slides at Panhandle Playground 94117 have been Replaced by RPD

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Well the slides at the Panhandle Playground have been replaced after three months of absence.

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1. Perhaps the RPD spokesmodel meant that the entire slide complex was being repaired, as opposed to the $2000 plastic slide itself. I don’t think it would have made sense to repair the slide itself, due to liability issues for starters. This is a brand-new slide, one that’s similar enough to the original.

2. So some wealthy, non-profit people came by with clipboards to say that this particular playground currently earns a “D” grade? Well, OK fine, but if you talk to the people who actually use the place, they, more or less, give it an “A” grade, you know, except for the slide that wasn’t there all summer long. Mmmmm… What’s up with that?

3. Supervisor London Breed’s office was unresponsive to the email contact sent by a group of concerned parents, apparently. So she gets an “F,” or an Incomplete perhaps. (I’ve worked at two similar offices, with about ten or one hundred times as many constituents, and if the elected in charge found out about something like this then there’d be a 20-minute yell-fest and/or a passive aggressive note sent to a (lower-case “s”) supervisor to “fix this.”) So, obvs, a “communication issue” occurred, I just don’t know how common this is with her office.

4. RPD has a policy to not repair anything in a playground if it’s due to be revamped in the next two years? That’s my understanding. Does that mean that this playground won’t get revamped anytime soon? That’s my understanding. Why’s that? Read on, Gentle Reader.

5. What RPD really wants is area parents to get together to raise something on the order of [bites right pinkie finger] one million dollars, you know, the way they do things in rich areas of SF, like Sea Cliff (ala the new Mountain Lake) and Presidio Heights. Only then will RPD put your playground at the top of the fix-it list? OK fine. The funny thing is that most of the money that gets used to refurbish existing playgrounds is paid for by the non-rich, from some bond. But all this doesn’t matter for the playground at hand, because:

6. The slide vandalized in May 2014 has been replaced in September 2014 and the users are now satisfied. No $5,000,000 modernization from the RPD is needed, frankly. [Oh what’s that, RPD – this old-school playground costs you a lot of coin to maintain? Well, then why don’t you fix it up, RPD, you know, using the money we give you?]

And that’s the end of this story.