Hey look, it’s a Google Driverless Car recently spotted on Harrison by a San Francisco resident:
Wow, 300,000 miles without a single accident - do you think that record compares well with the drivers of the SFMTA MUNI DPT?
I guess I passed through the place early – it looked like a ghost town when I was there.
But the Yelpers, well, they love it.
The entrance at 428 11th:
Les mise-en-scene – reminds me of the spare vehicle lot / junkyard of Veterans Cab Co, which is what this place used to be. Instead of busted Plymouth Gran Furies we now have food trucks:
Open-air communal dining, redolent of the Main Pavilion at Jonestown:
Ah, here are the trees on Division shown in the plans. All this new activity has chased away the under-the-freeway stolen bicycle fences all the way to….
…just across Division Street:
Now, speaking of parking, here’s what you’ll see across the street from the main entrance: ”PARKING IS FOR COSTCO SHOPPERS ONLY – Violators Will Be Towed”
So, you’ve been warned.
I don’t know, I’m sure it was a royal PITA to get the SFP up and running. And I know that the gestation period for this new baby was longer than a rhino’s, but of course a lot of that had to do with setting up the handicapped-accessible bathrooms and the pavillion and whatnot.
What I don’t know is how things will shake out for the SFP over the next year or two. This could be a case of a K-selection strategy in an r-selection environment.
M-F: 11 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM
Weekends: 11 AM to 10 PM
People on the street eating chicken and meat
People eating pork with a knife and a fork
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Here’s how things look at the old location of Veteran’s Cab just across the street from America’s First Urban Costco:
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Let’s hope the food truck fad doesn’t end before an existing parking lot can open up as a parking lot…
(Check it, my first pro-SFMTA post.)
This cute pup was guarding an Acura parked on 10th Street while its owner visited our SoMA Costco (I assume, I mean, why else would anybody park down there?)
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Problem? The disabled placard hanging from the rear-view has expired. See?
So guess who was waiting for this car’s owner to show up – it was DPT’s Disabled Placard Street Team with their bright blue shoulder patches.
Les mise-en-scene avec Etat de Jardin* license plates sur la Acura bleu:
This issue could end up costing the driver thousands of dollars, when all is said and done.** (I can’t say for sure because I don’t get paid by the City Family to stakeout cars, plus I had to split. Oh well.)
Now, WWSD? Like What Would KRON-TV’s Stanley Roberts Do if he came upon this scene? Oh yes, something like this.
But, you know, I might possibly be beefier than Stanley (I know I’m taller than he but I could actually outweigh him) and, you know, I wouldn’t want to get into an another Elmo situation.
Bon courage, Acura pooch. Your owner will need all the love she can get today.
*Garden State – it’s a Jersey Thing.***
**The funny thing is that Costco has plenty of free parking. And honestly, I don’t think the good people of Costco would care all that much if you parked in their garage while shopping elsewhere. As stated, there’s nothing else going on ’round that area so it’s not like they’re on the lookout for renegade parkers.
***YouTube, you’re too funny. Oprah + Snooki = ???
October 16th, 2011 will be on a Sunday so I’ll prolly be breakin’ in the malls, breakin’ on the streets, natch, but you, you’ve got kids, so you should head down to SoMA for Yerba Buena Family Day 2011.
“…San Francisco’s biggest daylong family block party with free admission, special art activities and free performances for children and families at the following venues within 1 or 2 blocks of each other in the Yerba Buena arts district at 3rd Street and Mission Street in downtown San Francisco.”
That means that Target will pick up the tab when you visit the SFMOMA, the Jew Mu, the MoAD and the Children’s Creativity Museum.
Hurray! (Hey Target, why are you taking so long to open down there in Metreon? Or for that matter, Geary and Masonic. C’mon, wiki wiki.)
All right, see you and your fam there!
All the deets:
This street imp was looking like all the others, just a slob like one of us, until he pulls a rock out of his hoodie and hurls a 70 mph fastball across 9th without really breaking stride. He reared back and hurled but then resumed walking with a quickness.
I was supposing he was throwing the rock at a person but his target was a business vehicle, a white van.
The thing is he threw it down and counted on a random bounce get it up to where it could do some damage.
Anyway, here he is, walking away, all casual, IndyBay personified. If you looked around after getting struck you wouldn’t necessarily suspect him. This kid’s a pro, a professional:
And here’s his rock, found right in the middle of the sidewalk across the street, seen next to a fat lawyer’s shoe for comparison:
How many more stones does this kid have in his hoodie’s marsupial pocket? Probably lots.
So this is why your window gets broken randomly, for no reason.
Now you’d think the hormones coursing through his veins would be telling him to get out there and try to impress girls, or boys, or whomever, you know, so he could have sex or something, right? But no, all that frustration and energy gets poured into another kind of release, the satisfaction of hearing breaking windows or causing grievous bodily injury to random pedestrians on the mean streets of San Francisco.
Don’t you think we need more micro-neighborhoods about town? Sure, why not?
So get ready to party this Saturday, October 16th, 2010, when you can officially start calling the area bounded by Market, Harrison, 2nd and 5th “Yerba Buena.”
People haven’t called it that for 163 years, so it’s about time.
And if you live on Yerba Buena Island and you’re worried about place name confusion, we’ll you can just go pound salt.
Learn It, Love It, Live It:
There’ll be some party too – the Yerba Buena Neighborhood Fair
And, if you’re in the media, you can get all the deets personally.
Campaign to Benefit Local Businesses and Brand Yerba Buena as New Neighborhood to be Unveiled.
Major Contributions to Neighborhood Nonprofits also to be Announced
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Place: SOMA Room, Metreon, Enter at Garden Entrance, Mission Street, Between 3rd and 4th Streets
What: The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District will unveil a comprehensive campaign to establish and promote Yerba Buena as San Francisco’s newest neighborhood and announce its first Community Benefit Fund grantees at a media briefing at Metreon held in conjunction with the first Yerba Buena Neighborhood Fair. The campaign is designed to benefit neighborhood businesses and establish a sense of place for this burgeoning district that has seen rapid growth in its eclectic residential and business base. These efforts supplement YBCBD’s recently enacted services that foster a safer and more secure community, create a cleaner and greener neighborhood, and reinforce the viability of its economic base.
Heather Almond, Chairman, Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
Barbara Kaufman, Director, San Francisco Office of the Governor
Representatives from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
Nonprofits receiving grants
YBCBD board members and community leaders
See you in the YB!